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Topic: Mark Raffles - pickpocketing ?
Message: Posted by: mir (Sep 10, 2002 12:28PM)

I have been reading a number of posts on the subject of pick pocketing. Namely,




I am interested in purchasing Mark Raffles works on the subject; specifically the book as opposed to the video "The Pickpocket Secrets of Mark Raffles", which I understand, is available from ‘stevensmagic.com’. Can anyone recommend where I can obtain his book on the subject.

Thanks in advance.


Message: Posted by: MichelAsselin (Sep 13, 2002 12:54PM)
I believe only 500 copies were put out; and that was a while back, so it will be rather difficult to land a copy. It was rather expensive if I recall correctly.
Message: Posted by: p.b.jones (Sep 13, 2002 01:08PM)
yes it is expensive, i think you can still get a copy from the house of secrets
12, caunce st

as far as I know they do not have a website
I can find a phone number for you if you like let me know
Message: Posted by: mir (Sep 18, 2002 11:34AM)
Thanks Michel and Phillip for replying. Phillip, thanks once again for the address, they still had three of the original 500 books. Both of you were right the book is expensive.

For information:

£100 - The Pickpocket Secrets of Mark Raffles (Book) 184 pages (includes p&p).
£35 - The Pickpocket Secrets of Mark Raffles (Video)

The 'House of Secrets' can be reached by:

Tel. 01253 620902
Fax. 01253 620902
Email: shazam27@hotmail


Message: Posted by: Ron Giesecke (Sep 20, 2002 09:35AM)
I have "Theatrical Pickpocketing," by Jim Ravel. I do not think--however, that it is as hard to find as the previously mentioned book.
Message: Posted by: hedgecore (Aug 15, 2006 01:36AM)
Yea "Theatrical Pickpocketing" Is a great book, It covers all you need to know to be a great pickpocket. The only thing it doesn't come with is practice, LOTS of practice. If you have this book and practice you will be a professional pickpocket. People will pay more to get you to do shows and It just adds to your act bringing laughs.
Message: Posted by: kris attard (Sep 9, 2006 02:11AM)
Just out is Ricki Dunn's book. If you like Ravel's book, you'll like this one just as much as it is on somewhat the same style. I have many, and in my opinion, its good to see as much material as possible, as one performer can be inspirational in some areas or techniques that another is not. Of course it all boils down to loads of practise, misdirection and boldness, but the end efferct is rearding IMO not just for money but the satisfaction it gives you and the humour it generates.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Sep 10, 2006 10:53AM)
When you read the Ravel book, pay particular attention to what he says about the law. It is CRUCIAL.