In 2011 he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to bankruptcy and wire-fraud charges that he bamboozled creditors out of a whopping $767 million in loans.
— Rubén Rosario, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, 8 Oct. 2017
Bamboozle doesn't have anything to do with bamboo, though etymologists aren't sure about its origin. It dates to at least the 18th century and was still a relatively new term when Jonathan Swift, in 1710, wrote an article complaining about "the Choice of certain Words invented by some pretty Fellows," listing bamboozle among them. That didn't stop later authors, such as Henry James and Herman Melville, from using the word.
With its first syllable like a sound effect, bamboozle carries a connotation of mystification or magic that applies when it is used to mean "to confuse, frustrate, or perplex," as in "The batters were bamboozled by the pitcher's dazzling curveball."