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How To: Unlock a Door with a Credit Card

Uh, oh. You’re at your front door without a key. If you’ve got a credit card, see if you can get it to open the door before you use it to pay for a locksmith. Learn how to unlock a door with a credit card. The lock needs to be the right kind of lock & you need to have patience. Learn how to unlock a door with a credit card next time you are locked out!

How To: Hack an elevator to go directly to your floor

Going up? This video will teach you how to hack an elevator, making it go directly to the desired floor without stopping. If you're ever in a hurry or, heaven forbid, a genuine emergency and need to get to the bottom or top floor quickly, you'll be very happy you watched this how-to video. Learn how to enable the "express mode" in most any modern elevator with this great pushbutton hack!

How To: Flaw in Hilton's Rewards Program Allows You to Achieve Instant HHonors Gold Status for Free

Are you constantly traveling? Well, as a Hilton HHonors member, you can enjoy special treatment at all of their hotels and resorts. It's free to register, but the difficulty lies in climbing up their membership level. To reach Gold elite status, Hilton HHonors requires that you have a minimum of 20 stays, 40 nights, or 75,000 base points—all in one year. While this may very will be easily attainable for those with jobs that revolve around traveling, it's almost damn near impossible for the re...

How To: Con a Vending Machine & Get 2 Cokes for the Cost of 1

Follow these step by step instructions to learn how to hack a vending machine, giving you two Cokes for the price of one. You and your friends will love this cool vending machine con. Never go thirsty again. Just check out this instructional video and start hacking vending. Machines nowadays are SO smart that they know you haven't received your drink and give your money back. Humans nowadays are SO smart that we can make ourselves not receive drinks we paid for, get our money back, and then b...

How To: Get a Free Soft Drink from a Vending Machine

In this tutorial, we learn how to get a free soft drink from a vending machine. First, you will need to find one of those old vending machines, not one of the new and high tech ones. From here, you will need to sit down and lift the hatch up from the machine. Then, reach up into the machine and find a soda. Once you get your hands on one, pull the pop from out of the machine. You should have relatively small hands and longer arms to be able to do this successfully. Once finished, drink your s...

How To: Beat a dropping claw arcade machine

Go into an arcade or video game and you'll see one of those tricky claw or crane machine. Have you ever seen anyone win on one of those? Probably not. The video demonstrator owns his own claw machine, so he offers up some tips on playing the game! Watch this video conning tutorial and learn how to beat a dropping claw or crane arcade game machine.

How To: Crack the lock on a safe without destroying it or leaving a trace

Safecracking is something that most of us will only come in contact with in the movies, where strange men and women stick their head against safes and twist dials until the safe magically opens. If your interest in gaining entrance to safes that aren't yours goes beyond that, this video will teach you most of what you need to know. It features a prominent lockpicker giving a 30 minutes presentation on non-destructive safecracking techniques.

How To: Cheat on a math test using a calculator

In this tutorial, we learn how to cheat on a math test using a calculator. The first way to cheat is to go into your calculator where the programming is. After this, you can type in the information that you need to store into the calculator and then save it to look at later. The other way to cheat is to write down the information that you need on a small piece of paper. After this, tape it to the inside of your graphing calculator on the shell. If a teacher comes by, simply put the calculator...

How To: Hack a British Vending Machine Using Tinfoil

Stuck in the middle of London with only 1p in your pocket? If you're hungry, have lost your "A to Z" and need to know how to get free goodies out of a British vending machine, check this out! In this video, you will learn how to take a 1 pence coin, wrap it in tin foil and trick the machine into thinking you've paid full price. This hack most likely works in the USA as well, as long as you get the right sized coin. Good luck!

How To: Hack a Pepsi Machine

Learn how to con a vending Pepsi machine and access a secret (but benign) debug menu with this hack how-to video. While this hack won't get you any free soda, you might, at the very least, impress your friends with it. For complete instructions for this simple, pushbutton hack, take a look at this instructional video!

How To: Buy Alcohol & Prescription Drugs Cheaper at Costco & Other Club Stores Without a Membership

Everybody loves Costco. The low prices, large bulk, and free samples are all just some of the reasons why Costco is such a great wholesale membership club. Their stores are always in tip-top shape and the customer service is great. Even their employees are treated well, making $17 an hour, while their Walmart counterparts make just $12.40 an hour (and that's only if they're full-time). What's not to love?

How To: Reseal an opened soda can

A cool prank to play on a friend lies in your fridge... a soda can. Get out your Coke or Pepsi can, or any other soda can, and open it up. Now, wouldn't it be cool if you could close it again, without raising suspicion?

How To: Con a free meal from the drive-thru at McDonald's

Want a free meal at McDonald's restaurant? Forget those money-saving (supposedly) weekly coupons, that's nothing compared to an actual free meal. Coupons won't get you that. But this method of free food, perfect for the freegan or the poor (or maybe just the rude). This would technically be qualified as a prank or con, but hey, you got to eat, right?

How To: Undo a door's chain lock from outside with string, yarn or shoelaces

One day, you may find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to undo the chain lock of your home's front door, or somebody else's front door. Maybe someone forgot the unlock it when exiting the back door. Maybe you're grandfather is having a heart attack. Maybe your wife is cheating on you. Whatever the reason, it's fairly simple to break in by undoing the chain lock.

How To: Open any cylindrical bike lock in 30 seconds or less

This hacking how-to video focuses on the art of lock picking in less than half a minute. It will teach you the mechanics of cylindrical lock so that you will be able to take advantage of the lock's poor design without any lockpick skills. Follow along with this hack tutorial to learn how to open any cylindrical bike lock in thirty seconds or less. Open any cylindrical bike lock in 30 seconds or less.

How To: Crack open a Dudley combination lock

Alright, there are lots of videos out there dealing with Master combination locks, but this how-to video will show you how to open a Dudley combination lock. These locks are commonly used in schools, so you've likely seen one there. This method opens the lock permanently, meaning you won't be able to close it afterward. You'll need a flat head screwdriver and a little patience. The method involves prying off the style, allowing you to get to the insides of the lock. After that, you'll be push...

How To: Win money on a losing dog race ticket

In this gambling con video, con man Derren Brown helps a guy win money on a losing dog racing ticket twice. If you look and listen carefully, you will be able to work out how exactly this works, and you will be winning money on losing dog track tickets in no time. Win money on a losing dog race ticket - Part 1 of 2.

How To: Beat an arcade penny slot machine

While any form of gambling is set up to make you lose, there are some tips and tricks, shown in this how-to video, to help even the playing field. Penny arcade slots are a reasonable place to start, as the stakes aren't too high, so neither side (you or the arcade) has that much to lose. Watch this video conning tutorial and learn how to beat an arcade penny slot machine.

How To: Pick a lock with a safety pin

In this step by step video, you will learn how to pick a lock with a home made tension wrench and a modified safety pin or bobby pin. This lock picking technique is actually pretty simple but may take a bit of practice before you can pick a lock in 30 seconds or less; so if you can't figure it out right away keep practicing and one day you will get it. This method can take a little while with some clever maneuvering, but you should be able to get it if you follow the instructions in the video...

How To: Force the outcome of a coin toss with a simple trick

Coin flips... every knows about the coin toss, but how do you win at every one? This video will show you how to force the outcome of a coin toss with a simple trick. Actually, there are two tricks that let you decide the outcome of any coin toss. The first trick is a classic gamblers secret, and the second a new con technique.