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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
Man flies by own lung power, 1934
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Boy floats away in balloon, 2009
Jean Gauntt, the Immortal Baby, 1939
Dog wins art contest, 1974
Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
Brother Roshan Wants Your Donations!
Canadian police are searching for two men who "falsely represented themselves as a spiritual healer and his assistant." Which raises the question: what counts as a real spiritual healer?

The healer guy advertised himself on the radio as Brother Roshan. He used a magic trick to con his victims out of money. CTV.CA reports:
Roshan wrote the names of each of his client's family members on each egg. He then placed the eggs in a covered pot of boiling water. Once they were cooked, he took out each egg and broke them open.
When he opened the egg with the client's name on it, there was a lottery ticket inside with a note saying they will win the lottery.
Clients were then told they must do the good deed of donating money if they hoped to claim their lottery prize. They were told the money was for expensive "prayer powder" from India that would help him rid people of curses.

Some people "donated" over $100,000 to Roshan.

This gives me an idea. Instead of a Museum of Hoaxes, I should open a "Museum of Good Luck and Prosperity." I'll tell people that if they make a donation to the museum it'll guarantee them good luck. I'd make a fortune.
Categories: Con Artists, Religion
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 24, 2008
Comments (2)
Ooh a Museum of Good Luck and Prosperity?!?
Where do i leave my bank details?
Posted by Kate  in  Australia  on  Sat Jan 26, 2008  at  08:30 AM
Take a look. He has been all over the television, Dateline, Dr. Phil, Oprah, 60 Minutes and books galore.

Now this guy is sharp. He had access to all kinds of cash yet never stole a cent. How does this make sense? Don't ALL con artist go after the money?

Anyway.... He can be found at:

http://howtocatchacon.blogspot.com

http://Www.fredbritollc.com

This is one amazing man with an amazing story.
Posted by Alex T.  in  New York, NY  on  Fri Feb 29, 2008  at  06:58 PM
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