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Topic: Pickpocketing....that isn't!
Message: Posted by: Chris Stolz (Feb 19, 2006 01:45PM)
In the world of card magic there are many things that look like expert sleight of hand that really aren't.... AKA self working effects. When I pickpocket on stage, I use a cards across routine as a pickpocketing effect. (This is the same effect/handling that Mac King uses for his invisibility cloak) I present it as a final challenge to my audience to spot the dip.

The effect on the audience is GREAT as they never see me touch either spectator (since I don't), during the routine. What kind of self working pickpocket effects like this have YOU been successful with?

Message: Posted by: ac-magic (Feb 19, 2006 02:41PM)
A sponge wallet works wonders, either that or just use your own if it plain black leather like most other wallets.

Message: Posted by: Chris Stolz (Feb 19, 2006 10:19PM)
Perhaps you could expand on that? A sponge wallet being used how?
Message: Posted by: chappy (Feb 20, 2006 12:44AM)
Tom Burgoon has a prop called the Power Pickpocket gimmick. It allows you to apparently remove a participants wallet and replace it without them feeling a thing. With some extra thought it can be used to great effect to enhance a pickpocket act.
Message: Posted by: ac-magic (Feb 20, 2006 12:29PM)
Because its foam, it squishes in your hand. If you produce it behind the spectators back so the audience can see, it looks like you stole their wallet when you didn't.

Message: Posted by: magofchris (Mar 1, 2006 12:30PM)
Darwin Ortiz has a great routine in his book Cardshark called "Harry in your pocket." I have used this as a pickpocket routine and have gotten very good response with it.
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Mar 1, 2006 12:41PM)
How about his book strong magic? any good
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Mar 1, 2006 01:54PM)
IMHO, Strong Magic is an excellent book.
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Mar 1, 2006 03:08PM)
Can you explain the book a little bit. I have read the reviews but how did you view it?
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Mar 1, 2006 08:00PM)
I thought it was very interesting and thought provoking. You may not agree with everything Darwin says but I found it hard to put down. I've read it twice.
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Mar 1, 2006 08:09PM)
Could you explain it a little ... from another performers perspective...
Message: Posted by: Doug Arden (Mar 7, 2006 02:04PM)
Provides some excellent tips on structure and presentation of close-up effects.