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Kevin Ram
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Has anyone bought these and what is the difference to the other pickpocket dvd that James coats put out?
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They've been released already?!
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Well it seems like Hocus-Pocus are selling them now. But I was wondering how this set differs from their previous pickpocketing DVD. Are they any worthwhile additions to learn from them? I remember watching that DVD and thinking to myself, man these guys are really touchy, do people realistically allow others to touch them in such blatant manners? Whenever someone comes near me to give a pat on the shoulder, I normally flinch since I'm not really used to the closeness of contact with a person I JUST met. A review would be nice.


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I haven't seen these particular DVD's. However, I have an extensive collection of pickpocket books and videos from around the world. And yes, have performed a pickpocket act for many years.

The truth is that usually pickpocketing is done under the pretext of performing a trick for the spectator. The best tricks are ones that give you a reason for going to his pockets.

For example you might do a card trick and tell the spectator that it will appear in his jacket pocket. When you check however, the card is not there. While you're doing that, you can steal something.

Then you tell him that perhaps it may have gone into another pocket which gives you more excuses to look into his other pockets at the same time, stealing more objects.

Of course, at some point in the act the spectators realize that you are a pickpocket and then they accept the fact that you are going to be touching them etc. Hope this answered your question.
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I too would like to read an objective review of the Encyclopedia of Pickpocketing series, by James Coats and Nicholas Byrd.

Can anyone provide such a review or provide a link to one of the magazines that contains a review?

Many thanks.
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Reviews please.. I am very so much super duper interested in pickpocketing.. a review will be highly appreciated.. Smile
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I have not yet seen these DVDs but will be getting them very soon, I'll post a review soon enough.

I can't wait Smile
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I bought and viewed Encyclopedia of Pickpocketing Volume 2 yesterday.

I hope this quick/brief review is of some help to those pondering the worth of this new release.

I felt that the presentation of Coats and Byrd was very straightforward. It clearly explained methods and techniques for the real world. However, please note that Entertainers must be (or become) very comfortable with touching and moving their volunteers around on stage. But this is required of most pickpocket routines.

Production was low budget,and there are no clips of performing pickpocketing on stage in a theatrical setting. "Live" demonstrations are done on unsuspecting volunteers that seem to be comprised of college students walking around on campus. Many of these volunteers are dressed very casually (ie. cargo shorts/pants)but Coats and Byrd show many techniques by using each other as the mock volunteer and they do wear jackets for their demo.

I did appreciate the "chemistry" and counter balance of personalities between Coats and Byrd. And found them to be "likeable" and earnest in their desire to transmit their knowledge to the uninitiated, or budding entertainer/pickpocket.

I Would recommend Volume two for those that already have the "watch steal" in their repertoire, or are curious to learn what they might learn "after" becoming accomplished at the watch steal.

Although I was already familiar with the "Ricky Dunn" steals, they are great steals and it's still always helpful to see others demonstrate them.

Stealing the Show, by James Freeman, is another new DVD release that has received positive review from Michael Close (Magic Magazine October 2004).

Michael points out however, that Picking Pockets is not for the faint of heart, and he admits that he, personally, would not feel at ease "stealing" someone's watch (ie. what if... when you return the knock off Rolex, the volunteer cries that his was a "real" Rolex, and that he (the volunteer) wants the real one back now!")...now there's a great topic for a new pickpocketing thread!

Michael suggests that the Freeman's DVD is well made and he applauds Freeman for bringing up the important issue of liability insurance and the importance of this for the professional entertainer/pickpocket.

I have viewed Freeman's older video, "How to Pick a Pocket or Two", and found it very instructive, and Freeman's personality very pleasing.

It seems that his latest DVD is worth viewing (and purchasing) as well.

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Thanks for the review! I think the series is better than the first release Mastering The Art of Pickpocketing. Or is it not?
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I haven't seen the earlier video. I liked the plain, simple, direct honest and earnest approach of Byrd and Coats in this Pickpocketing series (1-4). They really seem to want to encourage and help the budding pickpocket towards success.

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I just got back from europe. we went to rome. I was sort of tagging along. and guess what. one of my moms students got pickpocketed. wow.
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This is the best material for pickpocketing available in my opinion. They go through all the possibilities that you could encounter with anything. I would recomend these to anyone who is interested in pickpocketing.
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I have all 4 of them. I don't need to write a review as jlevey said everything I would have said.

The DVDs are really fantastic, and Byrd & Coats are really great lecturers as they transmit the knowledge very well and the DVDs are made in a very methodical way. Mastering the Art of Pickpocketing is also a very good DVD, but it is more of a basis. The Encyclopedia covers all topics and all aspects of the art of pickpocketing, not just the moves but a lot of tips on handling the audience, handling the stolen things, psychology, etc...

In this sense of way, the art of picking pockets is a very complex thing and isn't really from anyone. It is something that requires a lot of performing experience and great sense of improvisation (once you master the moves you should always be aware of different people reacting differently, wearing different clothes and having different things in their pockets).

These DVDs start with the moves and methods that are easier moving to the more complex and complicated ones. At the end you will even have a chance to see some really astonishing moves and routines explained - the ones that only the biggest masters of the art perform (stealing glasses from the head of a spectator, stealing a finger ring, ties, suspensors and even a bra from that a lady from the audience is wearing!!!).
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