BOOK REVIEW: FOOL ME ONCE by Rick Lax
I’ve never been to Las Vegas. There. I said it. That being said, Rick Lax’s book “Fool Me Once” isn’t just one of the more entertaining reads I’ve experienced in a while, it’s a good way for the layperson to understand when they’re getting “worked” in a given situation.
If you’re unfamiliar with Rick Lax, he styles himself as a “deception expert” these days who has the specific credential of fooling Penn and Teller. When he wrote “Fool Me Once,” he was a student of deception, having moved to Las Vegas for a small period of time after wondering whether practicing law was right for him.
The rest of the book is replete with his stories about his stripper roommates, bartender “girlfriends,” his experiences playing poker with high stakes businessmen, and time spent in magic clubs in Vegas. Every story, every chapter, all ties back to one central point Lax fixates on: deception, and how the average person doesn’t recognize it until it’s too late.
Lax’s tone and very affable style of writing makes this the new “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” that people need to read. He also teaches the layperson about deception, con artistry, and how that’s applied to the world of the “city that never sleeps.” All of this is done through a very vulnerable place. Lax’s own experience, which is what he shares with people.
The funny thing about that last paragraph is that I don’t know whether Rick Lax actually experienced all of these stories or if it’s a work. Because he’s a magician, and “master” of deceptive methods, I can’t be sure if anything he says is true.
What I can tell you is that I enjoyed the suspension of disbelief from a guy who is the “most watched magician,” and will call this one of the easiest, fun reads you will experience.
You can buy Rick’s book here. Enjoy the ride.