Hungarian con artist who achieved a number of scams in many countries; became known as "The man who sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice." He was also known for his money-printing machine con.
He moved to the West, where he put his natural charm, good nature, and remarkable multilingual skills to use by working scams on the ocean liners between Paris and New York City.
He was credited with writing "The Ten Commandments for Con Men," which included such immutable laws as always looking interested, never getting drunk, echoing another person's political and religious views, and listening patiently.
He was born to his parents in Hostinne, Austria-Hungary. He was arrested by police after his mistress, Billy May, learned that he was cheating on her.
He once persuaded Al Capone to invest $50,000 in a stock deal.