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oralroberts
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Hi guys,

Doing a little research on "The Watch Steal"....was wondering if anyone could give me references/history sources for it.

How far back does it date?
First performed?
First published?
Literature on it?

Much appreciated!
george1953
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No idea sorry, but just wanted to say that the watch steal has been part of my act for as long as I can remember, but lately I have found that fewer and fewer wear watches these days. Has anyone else noticed this.
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LeoH
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Most people carry cell phones that have the time - it's unnecessary to wear a watch.
oralroberts
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Quote:
On Apr 30, 2014, LeoH wrote:
Most people carry cell phones that have the time - it's unnecessary to wear a watch.


You'd be surprised by how many people still wear a watch; and, it makes it all the more impressive when you do steal it Smile
Todd Robbins
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The wearing of wristwatches came into fashion around WW1. I would assume that someone started stealing them soon thereafter. Francis Carlyle did a watch steal back in the 1940s. Whit Haydn reintroduced the watch steal to the magic community back in the 1970s.
Pop Haydn
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I was taught by Brian Gillis, who learned the Carlyle steal I believe from Karl Norman. Later Jason Randall taught me the one handed steal which he had developed independently, which was identical to one Ricky Dunn used. Ricky was very mad when he found out that I taught it to Michael Finney who eventually published it on a teaching video.

I used it as part of my walk around and bar magic, combining it with the Ring Flite and Watch in Envelope:

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