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Evan Williams
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Anybody know a good way to practice watch steals and other basic pickpocket effects? Any advice other than "practice on your friends and family, and then work your way up" is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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I think the Chappy Brazil video has some practical advice on practicing.
Flec
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Put the watch on a table or chair leg and lay it horizontally? Or a Pringles can, but it's hard to keep it stable.
Fayaad Manie
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Take a broomstick and wrap a towel around it about the size of someone's wrist. then place the watch around it and voila!
Evan Williams
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Thanks, that helps a lot.
Joshua Lozoff
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Rolled up bubble wrap! It rocks. And you can tell when you are squeezing the "wrist" too much.

I would strongly recommend AGAINST the table leg, Pringles can, or anything else hard. Totally different experience from the softness and give of a wrist. A towel is okay, but the bubble wrap really works well.
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How do you deal with the watches that don't have the right type of "latch" or fastener?
Some new ones have have latches that enlarge and don't come apart.
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Evan,
I know this might sound dumb, but I had a friend who practiced watch steals from a dummy! He found a source on the internet for manequin (sp?) body parts and purchased a few arms. He put them on wood blocks so he could position the arm like it might be in a real situation. He said he got used to touching the wrist/hand area, and it made the transition mentally easier.
I know they have hard manequins and soft ones. I would go for the soft ones, they might be more lifelike.
It might be worth a try! Good luck
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What is the best video teaching watch steal and watch steal practice? The Chappy Brazil video or Stealing The Show?
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Evan the best way, in my opinion, to practice the watch steal is on your own left hand or on a magic partner. To practice the sleights it is ok to practice on you. But once you get the sleights down, you should practice on a magic partner and tell him to give you feedback. The reason I say this is you want to make sure you are doing it smoothly. What I mean by that is that you must apply as little pressure as possible and your partner will be able to tell you in a better way than if you were to practice it yourself. As someone said the Chappy Brazil video is excellent.
Anyways, good luck.
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Following up from Meroman2000, I find the best way is to put the watch on my left wrist, but backwards. From here it is like stealing it from someone else's wrist except the left hand is in the wrong place if you see what I mean.

For more complicated watch bands like the Rolex's you will have to get a friend or a dummy (which might be the same thing!?).

Cheers and good luck with it. It's greatly rewarding when you put the practice into perfecting it.
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One good way of practicing watch steals is putting different watches on a chair arm, then place the chair on a table so it is about 4' high. Then practice your techniques. If the chair moves you are using too much pressure.

Once you have the technique down cold, try practicing on friends without their knowledge and see how often you get caught.

When I got caught in the beginning, I would say, "I'm practicing in case I need a second job". It got a laugh as I gave them back their watch.

If you need more help, PM me and I will give you some other resources.
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I tried it on this guy at school...it didn't go down to well...he thought I actually wanted to steal it.
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On 2005-04-11 00:34, chrisch wrote:
I tried it on this guy at school...it didn't go down to well...he thought I actually wanted to steal it.


Can anyone suggest some good outs in case this would happen?
Solo.kuryakin
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Use a dummy (with towels on) or a dress form and dress them up. Then put tiny bells in every place You can imagine! Use safety pins to put the bells everywhere. Practice with it until You can do it inaudible.
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