CARNIVAL SCAM SCIENCE- and how to win

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Published 2017-10-24
Prepare to drop some knowledge next time you visit the carnival.

Summary: I collected data at the carnival for a full day. Then I used that information to figure out which games are the biggest scams using science to analyze them and show you how to beat them. I also figured out how much the carnival actually pays for the prizes so even if you win, you lose. And then I visited the carnival with my professional baseball playing buddy to dominate all the games. It worked well.




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All Comments (21)
  • I worked at an amusement park. One day there was a terrible earthquake. The entire park was leveled to the ground. The only thing left standing were those milk bottles.
  • E TypeR
    As a mechanical engineer who spent years studying these concepts, I’ve understood them now even more thanks to these videos. Thank you Mark
  • Hoopie Hollar
    I remember reading somewhere that they will have some employees walk around with armfuls of those giant prizes or push them in a cart or something to make everybody else believe that it is possible to win those things on a regular basis.
  • Agent
    It's heartbreaking to know that most things you enjoyed as a kid were meant to trick you and manipulate you
  • Khaira Fire
    Lol your wife’s reaction was great! Thanks for explaining this so thoroughly. I knew they were scams but this tells exactly why.
  • Marek Robertson
    Another thing I noticed that you didn’t see/mention: the standard three point shot that most people are used to is a high school distance. That is measured at 19 ft 9 inches. The NBA three point is 23 ft 9 inches. So having a carnival shot at 28 ft is approaching half court. It’s VERY difficult for most people to make. Just something I noticed. Great vid!
  • Kayla Langhorn
    He taught me more in 11 minutes than my science teacher did in 10 months
  • Cole Broen
    At the PNE in Vancouver, I won one of the huge prizes at one of their "impossible" games. They had a weighted baseball that flew like a knuckleball, and you had to break plexiglass bottles. I didn't tell them before hand I was a pitcher who threw an amazing knuckleball. Needless to say after I missed my first throw and realized the pattern, things didn't go the way the carnie expected. I still have my 6 foot tall penguin to this day.
  • DawidReviews
    This guy explains things better than a "trained" teacher in less than 10 minutes. Some of my teachers don't even get to explain something like that in a 1 hour lesson.
  • Andy wu
    Mark getting a professional baseball pitcher to win carnival games (related to throwing) is the definition of overkill.
  • vinnynj78
    I must say that after having worked in an amusement park and in several of these types of games there is a better way to handle the peach basket one. Throwing the ball at an angle (at least 45 degrees if you can manage it) so that it hits the side of the basket will dissipate the kinetic energy by having the ball roll around the inside. I was told to encourage players to do the very same thing and would demonstrate for anyone who was patient enough to listen to me before making their first throw (Not many). I would spend all day in the corner of the booth throwing the ball into the baskets and making every single one no matter how far away. It never ceased to amaze me how few would ever listen.
  • askmiller
    The sad part is that they charge like 3-5 bucks per play and the prizes they give out are worth pennies usually. They don't have to make it impossible. One carnival I went to had balloons on a wall with prizes in them and you threw darts. It was very easy to hit the balloons, in fact it was almost impossible to miss them. Yea most of the balloons just had small prizes on them, but at least that one felt fair.
  • ianboekwegLIVE
    Mark rober: Any professional athlete that's amazing in one sport is really good at any other sport

    Me: laughs in chess
  • Deconstruction
    You're wife's reaction was priceless! Make sure you keep that clip available the next time the carnival comes to town. 😉
  • Bob Thurmond
    Mark, you are hilarious, full of science, a great entertainer, and maybe the best science YouTuber around. Except maybe Physics Girl. She's not hilarious but she does Great Physics! Thank you, Mark. Bring back the squirrels!
  • glossaria2
    I took a ridiculous amount of vicarious pleasure in watching him absolutely CRUSH those throwing games. ⚾💖
  • J Kindrick
    On the ladder one, does it count as a loss if you tip, or only if you fall off? If the latter, then tipping over to be on the underside of it would be the winning strategy, if you're strong enough, because then it becomes less a near-impossible test of balance, and more a modest test of strength and endurance.
  • dee
    My favourite part was his wife’s/ partner’s reaction. When I got married (at 30)and my husband (29) bought me a stuffed toy, my reaction was the exact same as Mark’s wife 😂
  • cl2239
    This guy should straight up teach physics for all the poor hs kids who are stuck at home getting a terrible online education rn. He’s definitely better than the physics teacher I had
  • biff 585
    An interesting different take on scams. I've always wondered why these games were so difficult.