Episode 84: Victor Lustig, the Man Who Stole the Eiffel Tower
Histories And Mysteries
Built in the waning days of the 19th century, the Eiffel tower was erected as the entrance arch to a world fair and survived two world wars to become a towering beacon of Parisian resilience and French resistance. As a modern icon of romance, every day, dozens upon dozens of couples pose and propose in front of the tower as a symbol of their love. In the early 20th, century, however, the Eiffel tower was seen as something of a tacky, modernist eye-sore -- a dangerous pile of rubbish and rust.To con artist Victor Lustig, however, the tower was much more: the perfect scam.
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140 - Victor Lustig: Smooth Talk meets Smooth Brain
Roast Mortem Cast
Victor Lustig could talk his way out of a fleshy hairy bag. This infamous cat burglar con many a man out of their fortunes including syphilitic sausage mobster Al Capone. This man was such a smooth talker he even 'sold' France's most iconic landmark, The Eiffel Tower, for scrap to some greasy baguette slurpin' mook.
9. Victor Lustig Scammed So Hard He Might've Damaged The Economy
It's our first con-artist expose as we uncover the many scams (and names) of Victor Lustig! Rory investigates how he 'sold' the Eiffel Tower twice, his break-out from jail, and his rules for being a conman. Daniel finds it a little cringe, Rory doesn't want people to know he likes sex, and the two agree that scammers are fucking tight.
235 - Victor Lustig, The Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower
Do Go On
Victor Lustig is one of the most notorious conmen who ever lived. He grifted around Europe and North America using dozens of aliases and disguises to con unsuspecting people with a series of complex scams. His most famous con is selling The Eiffel Tower, not once but twice.Buy tickets to our live stream shows here: https://sospresents.com/Our website: dogoonpod.comSupport the show and get rewards like bonus episodes: patreon.com/DoGoOnPod Submit a topic idea directly to the hat: dogoonpod.com/Submit-a-Topic Twitter: @DoGoOnPodInstagram: @DoGoOnPodFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoGoOnPod/Email us: firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out our other podcasts:Book Cheat: https://play.acast.com/s/book-cheatPrime Mates: https://play.acast.com/s/prime-mates/Listen Now: https://play.acast.com/s/listen-now/Our awesome theme song by Evan Munro-Smith and logo by Peader ThomasREFERENCES AND FURTHER READING:https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-sold-eiffel-tower-twice-180958370/https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-smoothest-con-man-that-ever-lived-29861908/https://allthatsinteresting.com/victor-lustighttps://uselessinformation.org/lustig/index.htmlhttps://observer.com/2016/12/the-most-profitable-lie-ever-told-in-history/https://medium.com/@margolestz/in-1925-victor-lustig-sold-the-eiffel-tower-even-though-it-wasnt-his-b41a3863a36fhttp://www.angelfire.com/pro/hoaxes/VictorLustig.htmhttps://peoplepill.com/people/victor-lustig/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
234 - Victor Lustig - The King of Con Men who Sold the Eiffel Tower
Biographics: History One Life at a Time
Count Victor Lustig may have been the most successful con man of the XXth Century. From the Belle Epoque to the Great Depression, through the Roaring Twenties and across two continents, this elegant swindler eluded the grasp of the law while racking in hundreds of thousands of Dollars.
This episode is brought to you by Con Artists, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Con Artists on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.After taking advantage of the wrong mark, Victor Lustig found himself in the crosshairs of police all over the United States. With the Great Depression in full swing, Lustig was forced to think outside the box—concocting a counterfeiting enterprise that threatened to topple an already fragile economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode is brought to you by Con Artists, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Con Artists on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.He cut his teeth swindling victims through a series of card game tricks. Soon Victor Lustig would move onto more elaborate, skilled schemes in which he would systematically earn his mark's trust for weeks before taking off with thousands of dollars. But it was in Paris where Lustig pulled his biggest con—selling the Eiffel Tower—twice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices