You’d be forgiven for wondering how actor James Coburn became so adept at the three-card monte. The answer lies behind him. The bartender is actor Jay Ose, a talented magician and card sharp. He worked as the consultant on the film, as well as the hand double in Coburn’s monte sequences. Watch for the bent corners on the cards, a favourite trick of Ose’s, and a con within a con favoured by many practitioners of this particular effect.
You may recognize Harry Anderson from Saturday Night Live, or as Judge Harry Stone on the television series Night Court, or perhaps as the charming grifter "Harry the Hat" on Cheers. A consummate showman and gifted magician, Harry Anderson’s 3 Card Monte is a beguiling tribute to the art of the con.