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Topic: The practice
Message: Posted by: Sean Ashton (Oct 29, 2007 12:25PM)
Here are some fun things to do, with some duct-tape, to practice your pickpocket moves.

The duct tape wallet :

http://allnarfedup.com/wp-content/2004/duct_tape_wallet_bifold_inside.jpg

The Tutorial:

http://www.rpi-polymath.com/ducttape/duct_tape_wallet.html

And here is a nice tutorial for your double in duct tape, perfect to put on jackets, coats and shirt:

The Duct tape double

http://jianel.canalblog.com/images/mannequin_Lys.jpg

The tutorial ( french ... but it's easy) :

http://jianel.canalblog.com/archives/2006/04/index.html

I hope it help you, and again sorry for the bad english.

S. Ashton
Message: Posted by: James Harrison (Nov 17, 2007 07:48PM)
Wow Sean, this is excellent for something with a limited budget, I wish something like this came out when I first started.

Thanks for this find!
Message: Posted by: Ethereal (Dec 31, 2007 02:21PM)
Thanks! I'm deffinatly gonna use this! ^.^
Message: Posted by: Tanner & Company (Jan 14, 2008 03:57PM)
Haha not bad. I have a couple of those. they can really come in handy when your on the go.
Message: Posted by: Docta FoxXx (Jan 14, 2008 04:14PM)
I realize that this may be a little odd but I currently own one of these for practice on.

http://www.inflatablemannequins.com/items/inflatable-mannequins-by-type/full-size-mannequins/list.htm

Don't worry though, these are mannequins used for display purposes (like in department stores) so they're pretty much perfect for use in practicing lifting stuff from them. I have mine just leaning in a corner of my entertainment room and it just looks like a bizarre decoration.
Message: Posted by: jayaweera (Jan 16, 2008 03:19AM)
I would never get a Inflatable Mannquin...they never stand up.

I have bought myself a shop mannuquin...cost me 200 bucks though it was worth it. Better than using friends all the time.

JaY-JaY
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Jan 19, 2008 10:34PM)
Can't you get stands for them?
Message: Posted by: Docta FoxXx (Jan 20, 2008 04:15PM)
Yes you can get stands. The site I provided sells stands. All the dummies are made with slots in the mid-back for the stand to slide into.
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Jan 20, 2008 04:31PM)
Great! The other brands I have seen just attach to the feet and so are unstable.
Message: Posted by: obuch (Jan 28, 2008 08:38AM)
And I still use friend... :D but I think real people are best but they allways get bored with no exceptions
Message: Posted by: jayaweera (Jan 30, 2008 10:10PM)
1. Practise the moves and techniques (finger placing, how much pressure)
2. Get a mannquin (try and practise as much with him/her)
3. Try it out on family/friends
4. Everytime you do a show take what you need
5. The more shows you do the better you will be able to take stuff with the surrounding enviroments. Gigs are always different pickpocketing then a mate standing their for you.

JaY-JaY
Message: Posted by: mcvicarthetrickster (Jun 1, 2008 01:21AM)
Do you find it easier to achieve the steals on stage as opposed to trying on friends and family.
Message: Posted by: JaY-JaY Pickpocket (Jun 1, 2008 03:28AM)
Well yes as friends have seen me pickpocket them over and over. Though once you have got your corrent technique down and correct patter, it should be easy to take it off strangers.

JaY-JaY
Message: Posted by: cnf^^ (Jun 1, 2008 03:32PM)
Nice mate thx for posting :)
Message: Posted by: L Trunk (Jul 16, 2008 11:51PM)
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On 2008-01-16 04:19, jayaweera wrote:
I have bought myself a shop mannuquin...cost me 200 bucks though it was worth it. Better than using friends all the time.
[/quote]

Any recommendations on from who to purchase a shop mannequin?
Message: Posted by: JaY-JaY Pickpocket (Jul 18, 2008 09:03AM)
Ebay mate.

The best option - that's what I did. I paid around $200 for one.
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Jul 21, 2008 06:34PM)
I just went into a local jc penny department store and asked a manager. I told a little fib about "its for a boyscout project" but they gave me one without a thought. Just ask around, you can get a yes pretty easy with a good story. ;)
Message: Posted by: Mr.Crebar (Jul 21, 2008 06:34PM)
I guess if your a con man everything is "just a little fib"!
Message: Posted by: mcvicarthetrickster (Sep 9, 2008 10:20PM)
I was looking to buy a Mannequin and was interested in the inflatible ones due to the lower price. Are they sturdy enough to work on belt and necktie steals and if so would it be better to get a full form with legs, arms and head or just the torso.

Josh
Message: Posted by: Docta FoxXx (Sep 10, 2008 08:02AM)
They are sturdy enough for necktie steals. I have not really practiced much on belts steals so I couldn't say for that. I own a full form dummy and it works pretty well.
Message: Posted by: JaY-JaY Pickpocket (Sep 10, 2008 08:27PM)
I AGREE with Docta FoxXx.

If you are serious in pickpocketing, invest in a full body hard mannequin. I bought mine of ebay for around 200 dollars. Think about it, do you want to practise on the cheap stuff, hoping it would work? Or buy the best stuff and know that your going to practise and learn the proper way?

Your call.
Message: Posted by: Docta FoxXx (Sep 11, 2008 12:28PM)
To JaY-JaY,
I wanted to ask you what you felt the biggest advantage to having the hard shop mannequin was as opposed to the inflatable kind.

I would assume it helps with pressure?
Message: Posted by: Docta FoxXx (Sep 11, 2008 12:30PM)
[quote]
On 2008-07-21 19:34, Mr.Crebar wrote:
I just went into a local jc penny department store and asked a manager. I told a little fib about "its for a boyscout project" but they gave me one without a thought. Just ask around, you can get a yes pretty easy with a good story. ;)
[/quote]

Hahahahaha that's so funny. I never read that one before now. Did they just give it to you or did you buy it?
Message: Posted by: mcvicarthetrickster (Oct 20, 2008 07:11PM)
I found some awesome deals on mannequins on craigslist and have several to choose from. would a mannequin with movable arms and a head be better than a mannequin with no head and no arms. Both are the same price.

Josh
Message: Posted by: JaY-JaY Pickpocket (Oct 21, 2008 02:05AM)
Docta FoxXx,

Pressure for belt steal and other steals and also it's the closest way of pickpocketing rather than using a real person.

If shops use hard dummy's why wouldn't pickpockets who are willing to learn use something like the real thing?

I just can not see the point of using a plastic dummy.

Once again, that is my opinion.

J.