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As far as I can tell, we don’t see John Constantine earn any money for his work as a “master of the dark arts”, but he somehow supports a lifestyle with a large home, an extensive collection of rare artifacts, and many travel expenses. Where does his money come from?

I’m picturing Arrowverse John Constantine, but I’m happy to hear if there are answers from the comics or the earlier movie.

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    In the comics, I recall him stealing money from corpses, shoplifting, earning it by working as a private dick, pawning artifacts he's recovered from supernatural beings. Y'know, bits and bobs.
    – Valorum
    Mar 30, 2021 at 19:55
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    In the Arrowverse his (large) apartment was apparently won from someone "Are you guys from Housing co-op? Because it's perfectly legal to win an apartment in a duel." - subslikescript.com/series/Legends_of_Tomorrow-4532368/season-3/…
    – Valorum
    Mar 30, 2021 at 20:01
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    And he doesn't seem to be above performing magical rituals for cash. JC: It's a gig economy. I have to take the work where I can find it, you know?
    – Valorum
    Mar 30, 2021 at 20:03
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    It seems that he borrows a fair amount of money. On several occasions he skips out on drinks and it's stated in Genesis that he owes Chas cash. "Chas: Tell John Constantine he still owes me money."
    – Valorum
    Mar 30, 2021 at 20:05
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    @MadPhysicist - You're crazy as a couple of waltzing mice.
    – Valorum
    Apr 1, 2021 at 15:32

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The easiest way to reply is by his nickname that his friends call him:

Con-Job

In his illustrious career John "Helllblazer" Constantine had quite a few sources of income:

  • Performing in a punk group

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  • Working as PI/Occult detective

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  • Performing magical rituals for money, going as far as putting a demon into a corpse of a child (he was forced to do that, but he wasn't above taking money for it)

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  • Blackmailing rich people

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  • Pretending to do magical rituals for money

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  • Cheating when gambling

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  • Conjuring fake money /making people believe that he has paid them

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  • Petty theft

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  • Borrowing money and not paying back 1
  • Using his friends to pay for him

Its worth to point that John doesn't care much about having money - he once spent whole year as a homeless person. His usual needs are quite basic: place to sleep, something to drink and a pack of smokes.

1. Quite a few of his friends complain that "John owes them money". He is also quite happy to make them pay for his drinks, usually even without asking them first.

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