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I went to a magic show this past weekend. My father in law booked this magician to come to do a show for seniors in his community. This guy called himself a pickpocket. Personally I do mostly stage and close up performances so I was interested in seeing how this guy could pull off some of the pickpocketing stunts I have seen before. About a half hour before the show was to begin I went to the restroom and as I came out I was approached by the magician who asked me if I would like to be a part of the show. I agreed to help him and he went on to explain that I was to pretend that he took my watch and then as he was being tied up I was to put the watch back in his hands and then he was going to take my belt and then my wallet. at the end of the show strangers came up to me and asked if it was real and I pretended that it was. My family knew it was staged because I don't wear a watch. I felt very disappointed but of course it led me to question whether or not this is the standard method for picking pockets. I am hoping it is not. Could somebody please enlighten me. Thanks, Jeff Blum
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No, most pocket picking is real. the use of misdirection. and this isn't in the right area I do believe. since the basis picking pockets, not escapes.
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Not on the streets. Those guys are amazing to watch, but don't let them catch you watching.
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Do a search on pickpocking here on the Café. There have been several in depth threads discussing technique and how to frame a show.

The use of stooges is a rather comonplace practice. However it is the rare pickpocket that frames his whole show using stooges.

Typically a final "imposible" trick like the shirt pull is staged with a stooge and is the only stooge in the show.

It is unfortunate that you experienced this performance. Pickpocketing is ever so easy (compared to picking a lock for example)and doesn't need the use of stooges.
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When in a stage setting the use of stooges is probably a safer route...I know I've used this method for years and it always is received well.

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If it had been entertaining,,,,what the hell, anything goes to get the clap!!

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