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Topic: Back Pocket
Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 15, 2006 09:54PM)
Can anyone help with some misdirection witht he back pants pocket. Not to put down the "how to pick pockets for fun and profit" But, it really was not useful at all...

I would appreciate it...

Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 18, 2006 08:58PM)
Nobody huh?
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Apr 19, 2006 08:38PM)

Consider this...

Politely escort your volunteer up onto the stage and ask him to sit or bend down to participate in the next effect (ie. paper balls over the head, guillotine, etc.).

As one of your hands gently (but firmly) pushes down on his shoulder to encourage him into the sitting/bending position, your other hand "starts" the dirty work --firmly clipping the top portion of his wallet, located in his back pocket. He feels your hand on his shoulder (the first touch) and doesn't feel the second hand as it clips his wallet. Then, as he moves into the process of sitting/bending, and you keep your clipped hand in a fixed/motionless position, his wallet will come out of his pocket almost automatically. At this point all the work is done and you can either flash it above and behind him in the traditional way, or hold it back for later (and dramatic) display.

Hope the above tips prove helpful and fit your persona,style of performance and approach towards audience management.

It certainly has worked for me over the years.

Please let us know how it goes.

Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 22, 2006 11:58PM)

thank you.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Apr 23, 2006 07:50AM)
You're welcome xjesterx.

Let us know how it goes.

If you don't mind my asking, what type of act are you doing or putting together?

Is it strictly a Pickpocketing act, or a Magic act that includes Pickpocketing?

Message: Posted by: MDantes (Apr 24, 2006 06:34PM)
Magic and pickpocketing. I am a card. coin magician already.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Apr 24, 2006 07:33PM)

All the best xjesterx.

Again, let us know how it goes.
Message: Posted by: Chris Stolz (Apr 29, 2006 09:30AM)
I like to steal it with the following method.

I place my left hand on the buckle of his belt and my right at the back. The hand at the back has my pinkie and ring fingers slipped under the belt. I pull up with both hands as I say, "Nice belt! Leather or Aligator? Leather? Oh how boring." As I pull up on the belt, the pants are pulled up off the body allowing my right index finger and thumb to pinch the top of the wallet and pull it out.

Usually, as my left hand is removed from the buckle, I pull the belt out of the little leather loop to prepare for a belt steal later on.

This has worked quite well for me, especially when I am stealing from a tight jean pocket.


Message: Posted by: Pal Bodnar (Jul 13, 2006 06:25PM)
Cool idea I will try out. I think street magic pickpocketing is the hardest... I can steal just watches... :(