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Topic: Dominique Comedian Pickpocket
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (Apr 11, 2011 05:06PM)
Hello, I never thought You were so numerous in this forum.
You can follow authentic, uncut and full act in Japan on Youtube. No stooge on video one.
Personal regards to all of You. Dominique.(Eighty years old).

Wait a little more time before doing the same routine....

Thanks You.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Apr 12, 2011 09:38PM)
Such an honour to have you contribute to this section, Dominique. You have been a true teacher and source of inspiration to so many aspiring theatrical pickpockets.

Merci Beaucoup!

Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (Jun 20, 2011 06:05PM)
Hello, over 5000 views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5jabGxjxgk
Thank You, Friends.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Jun 21, 2011 08:49PM)
Your work is legend, Dominique, and a thrill to watch you work!

Many thanks.


PS: 5,001 views now... and counting! ;)
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (Jul 15, 2011 02:20PM)
Hello Friends, Dominique is also magician. From Denny Haney:

Dominique was a famous pickpocket from France.
Although the pickpocket act was his claim to fame, he was also a very good magician and actually mixed magie with
pickpocketing during his act. Perhaps thirty years ago or so, Dominique made an appearance on the Mike Douglas television show and performed a very special trick for that show.
Mike Douglas even stated that this is something very special that Dominique only does when he wants to do something spectacular.
You must read this effect very closely because it sounds too good to be true.
Dominique asked for a lady volunteer from the audience. She came on stage and Dominique stated that she is to participate in the " World 's fastest Striptease" .
After a few funny reactions and remarks, a man came onstage carrying a small cloth screen.
This was a simple square frame with cloth hanging down from it so that the frame could be raised and lowered for the young lady to step inside.
The man simply held the sides of the frame with his hands. He lowered the curtained frame enough for the
lady to step inside and the man raised the cloth curtain so that only her head was visible.
Dominique gave her an extending pointer with a flag on the end and told here to duck here head and keep waving the flag above the top of the small screen.
The music started playing and as she waved the flag, bits of her clothing began flying out from the top of the screen. The male assistant walked her and the curtain around the stage for all to see and yet never came near the wings, back of stage, or close to anything else. The stage was bare!! Then bits of underwear came flying out. Finally Dominique said « Give me the flag « !!
He took the flag, the man immediately dropped the small curtain perfectly flat to the stage.
The lady was gone and in her place was a live goat ! ! ! !
The goat then followed Dominique and the maie assistant offstage.
It brought the house down and made me gasp also. He pondered this illusion over and over in my head. I replayed the video over and over.
Finally, while reading through an old classic magic book titled "Illustrated Magic" by Ottokar Fischer, I stumbled across the principle of the illusion. There were no illustrations and the principle was merely an idea that took up only a paragraph. I went back, replayed the video, and there it was!!!
A wonderful effect.
I am sure that all of you are imagining how this could have been done. Well, I’ll tell you a few things…. This effect can be done on ANY stage. It can also be done surrounded. There is no special lighting and it is done in full bright lighting.
There are no backdrops or wings anywhere near the lady or the assistant holding the curtain.
When the lady vanishes, the small screen falls perfectly flat to the stage. The male assistant is NOT wearing any type of flowing robes or clothing. In fact, the vanish involves the principle I have been speaking of. She vanishes long before the audience even suspects it. Just about everything that makes a vanish "perfect" is in this one effect. A real masterpiece of magic!

I will leave you to ponder this wonderful effect that I feel very fortunate to have seen.
From what I understand, this was the only time he ever performed this on television,at least here in the United States.
Message: Posted by: jlevey (Jul 15, 2011 10:26PM)
Interesting story, Dominique, thanks.

I hope you won't mind my sharing two interesting links below which showcase your legendary skills and theatrical charisma:



I read that in circa 1953 you performed your pickpocketing act on the stage of the famed Caf Conc room in Montreal's beautiful Chateau Champlain Hotel.

Tis was of special interest to me since I too had the good fortune to perform my magical act with pickpocketing number on this very same stage, several times (circa 1998-2000).

In fact my promo video shows part of my act at the Caf Conc.

I invite you to check it out and hope you enjoy it.


The pickpocket sequence can be found towards the end of the clip.
Of course it is edited for promo purposes, but the reaction on the volunteer's face when he realizes hi swatch is missing is (to me ) priceless.

Thanks again for posting on the Café, and for inspiring us all to master and have fun with the art .

Message: Posted by: figpik (Jul 23, 2011 02:08AM)
Thank you so much for sharing this Dominique,
You're the artist I admire the most, since I'm 15! (I'm 38 now...)
I first heard about you in the Pierre Jacques book on pickpocketism, then later, saw a part of your show in his video.
I heard you were now living in Normandie, I wish I could meet you one day (I live in Paris and often go to Honfleur where my parents live).
Thanks again for your extraordinary work!
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (Apr 30, 2012 10:14AM)
Hello Friends. A new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beZHB6kfcrc&feature=plcp
Enjoy. Dominique.
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (May 31, 2012 04:41AM)
Hello friends.
When there will be 200 persons who "love" my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pag ... 2437551159
I shall announce a big new.
It is one very pleasant surprise!!
It will interest the world of the magic and more particularly pickpockets......

Kindest regards
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (May 31, 2012 04:44AM)
On 2012-05-31 05:41, Dominique Risbourg wrote:
Hello friends.
When there will be 200 persons who "love" my facebook page:
I shall announce a big new.
It is one very pleasant surprise!!
It will interest the world of the magic and more particularly pickpockets......

Kindest regards
Message: Posted by: Dominique Risbourg (Jun 26, 2012 01:33PM)
Hello Friends. I had the surprise to discover this: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Risbourg