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Title:

 

Stealing the Show - The Ultimate Pickpocket Guide. James Freedman.

Produced by:

MagicTricks.co.uk 2003

Running time:

56 minutes

DVD format:

DVD Video

DVD submitted by:

www.magictricks.co.uk

Clip edited by:

MagicTricks.co.uk/MagicWeek

Outline:

Master pickpocket James 'The Man of Steal' Freedman delves deep into the world of professional pickpocketing and reveals the very best methods and techniques to use for both stage and 'walkabout' work. Featuring live performance sequences shot on stage at the world famous Magic Circle, footage shot at a drinks reception, and comprehensive studio explanations.

Topics:

How to practice
Where to pick pockets
Where to put the things you steal
The methods of picking pockets
Breast pocket
Trouser pocket
Back trouser pocket
Inside jacket pocket
Side jacket pocket
Cuff links
Direct stealing from pockets
The fake return
Braces
Belts
Ties
Glasses
Watches

How to practice watch steals
Leather strap
Tighten and Lock strap
Rubber strap
Expandable strap
Hook and Catch strap
Velcro strap
Ten Top Tips
Bibliography

MagicWeek Comments:

Stealing the Show - The Ultimate Pickpocket Guide could equally have been called 'Stealing the Show - The Complete Pickpocket Guide' because that's really what it is, covering just about every conceivable pickpocketing 'move' - from the classic removal of a wrist watch (no matter what the strap) to the techniques that are employed to steal anything from anyone.

 

The disc is broken down into many sections such as 'How to practice' 'Where to put the things you steal' 'The methods of picking pockets' and so on. Then each section goes into great detail - nothing has been left out. From "what finger does what" during the removal of a specific object, to how to generate the misdirection necessary to remove a spectators pair of glasses, while they are still wearing them!

 

It'll take you past the "I don't understand how they do it" to the "now I can do it" point, and in the process you'll develop a real understanding of the thinking, logic, cunning, misdirection, nerve (and ease) that goes into making a successful pickpocketing routine.

Finally, it's all very watchable. James Freedman's presentation has real pace and the fact that he's a natural entertainer shines through. This is a contemporary and very complete course in pickpocketing from a master pickpocket - you will be absolutely delighted with it. Unreservedly recommended.

 

Duncan Trillo - MagicWeek - 23.4.05

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