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Encyclopedia > Pickpocketing
Eighteenth century engraving showing a pickpocket in action.
Eighteenth century engraving showing a pickpocket in action.

Picking pockets is a crime, a form of larceny which involves the stealing of money and valuables from the person of a victim without their noticing the theft at the time. It requires considerable dexterity and a knack for misdirection. Someone who picks pockets is known as a pickpocket. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 362 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (673 × 1115 pixel, file size: 928 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) shows George barrington, scanned from pictorial history of Australia. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 362 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (673 × 1115 pixel, file size: 928 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) shows George barrington, scanned from pictorial history of Australia. ... In the United States, larceny is a common law crime involving stealing. ... Various denominations of currency, one form of money Money is any good or token that functions as a medium of exchange that is socially and legally accepted in payment for goods and services and in settlement of debts. ... A little dexterity is helpful in working with knitting needles Look up dexterity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Misdirection is a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another. ...


Pickpockets and other thieves, especially those working in teams, sometimes apply distraction, such as asking a question or bumping into the victim. Everyday instance of theft: the bike which fits on this wheel has disappeared. ... Distraction is also a television game show: Distraction (game show) Distraction is the diverting of the attention of an individual or group from the chosen object of attention onto the source of distraction. ...


The crime used to be punishable by death – even though public hangings were considered prime targets for pickpockets. William Shakespeare referenced this in his play The Winter's Tale, where the rogue and pickpocket Autolycus observes, Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Florizel and Perdita by Charles Robert Leslie. ... In Greek mythology, Autolycus (Greek - Lone Wolf) was the son of Chione and Hermes. ...

... every lane's end, every shop, church, session,
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Famous fictional pickpockets include The Artful Dodger and Fagin, characters from the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Famous true-life pickpockets include the Irish-American prostitute Chicago May, who was profiled in the books "Chicago May, Queen of the Blackmailers" (Frank Columb, Evod Academic Publishing Co., 1999)" and "Hell Hath No Fury: Famous Women in Crime" (Betty Nygaard King, Borealis Press, 2001). The Artful Dodger is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. ... Fagin is a fictional character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. ... “Dickens” redirects here. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Oliver Twist (1838) is Charles Dickens second novel. ... Written by Frank Columb, this biography follows the life of May Duignan, a native of Co. ... Written by Frank Columb, this biography follows the life of May Duignan, a native of Co. ... Frank Columb (born in Cavan in October 1939) is a historian and novelist, best known as the author of Chicago May, Queen of the Blackmailers, The Shooting of More OFerrall, and The Lough Gowna Valley, and of the novel The Last of the Lake. Columb grew up in Lough...


Pickpocket skills are also used by magicians, either to take an item from a spectator or to return it without their knowledge. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


External links

  • Cutting Up Touches is a book about the history of theatrical pickpocketing. Read more here
  • Howstuffworks.com - Pickpocketing
  • You can see a video of a pickpocket entertainer here
  • Videoclip of pickpocket comedian Michael Halvarson, The Cirque du Soleil lead clown character
  • Video of Bob Arno, The World's Fastest Pickpocket

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Pickpocketing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (228 words)
Pickpocketing is a crime, a form of larceny which involves the stealing of money and valuables from the person of a victim without their noticing the theft at the time.
Pickpockets and other thieves, especially those working in teams, sometimes apply distraction, such as asking a question, bumping into the victim, or deliberately dirtying the victim's clothing and then "helping" him/her to clean it.
Pickpocketing skills are also used by magicians, either to take an item from a spectator or to return it without their knowledge.
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