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Examples in the World

The best example of sleight of hand in the real world is seen in pickpockets. Sometimes it can be as simple as people shoving their hands in a purse and running away with the wallet. Other times, it’s a complex choreography involving multiple people and precise timing. From the victim’s view, all they see is someone asking for directions, maybe a couple looking for a particular restaurant. From the pickpocket’s point of view, they see an open, defenseless wallet.

The following documentary provides some great explanations of common tricks used by pickpockets, and includes various conversations with “professionals”. I saw it a while ago, so if it’s not as good as I remember, I’m sorry.

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