History Main / PercussivePickpocket

27th Aug '16 2:25:56 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person.

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* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' "Dead Drop" where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person.
27th Aug '16 2:14:01 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands the person the object.

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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Jimmy hasn't done this for a while, so another operative helps by gaining the person's attention first. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands it to the person the object.person.
27th Aug '16 2:12:28 AM JackG
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' where the object is to plant something in their pocket, rather than steal it. Mickey Kostmayer, who's [[TheGunslinger more comfortable with shooting people]] than the mundane aspects of intelligence work, fumbles this so awkwardly he just gives up and hands the person the object.
10th Jul '16 8:24:29 AM jakobitis
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* A real world variation is used by two pickpockets working in tandem. One does the clumsy bump but doesn't steal anything. The genre savvy victim ''thinks'' this has happened and reflexively puts a hand in/on the pocket holding his wallet. The second pickpocket spots this, tails the victim and lifts the wallet without the victim even noticing their presence.
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18th May '16 3:08:49 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of ''CSINewYork'''s ColdOpening has Mac catching a pickpocket (who manages to hide his stash before they grab him) just before running into the VictimOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:They later find a security camera video of said pickpocket bumping into their suspect and realise that he stole a camera with vital evidence on it.]]

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* An episode of ''CSINewYork'''s ''Series/{{CSINY}}'''s ColdOpening has Mac catching a pickpocket (who manages to hide his stash before they grab him) just before running into the VictimOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:They later find a security camera video of said pickpocket bumping into their suspect and realise that he stole a camera with vital evidence on it.]]
1st May '16 3:11:13 AM JackG
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* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself to punching him in the face.

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* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself to punching him in the face.
1st May '16 3:10:16 AM JackG
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* A sci-fi version occurs in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Random Thoughts". On a planet of telepaths where there's a black market for violent thoughts, someone bumps into [[{{Tsundere}} B'Elanna Torres]] and 'steals' her instinctive mental response, which is to imagine herself to punching him in the face.
20th Apr '16 8:52:43 PM Robotnik
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To make it even easier, the thief tends to look shady or untrustworthy in general. If he is child, you can expect him to be a [[StreetUrchin Street Urchin]]. If the stolen item was something [[MacGuffin important to the plot]], you can be certain that the protagonist and the thief will meet again later sometime after discovering the loss of his missing item, having deciphered [[StickyFingers what exactly happened]].

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To make it even easier, the thief tends to look shady or untrustworthy in general. If he is a child, you can expect him to be a [[StreetUrchin Street Urchin]]. If the stolen item was something [[MacGuffin important to the plot]], you can be certain that the protagonist and the thief will meet again later sometime after discovering the loss of his missing item, having deciphered [[StickyFingers what exactly happened]].
7th Apr '16 4:14:28 AM JackG
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* Used for a BrickJoke in ''Film/Casablanca''. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.

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* Used for a BrickJoke in ''Film/Casablanca''. ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.



* ''Fraternity of the Stone'' by David Morrell. The protagonist wants to be a spy like his CoolUncle, who gets a Hong Kong StreetUrchin to teach him this technique. In order to graduate, he has to rob the urchin without him noticing. As a distraction, he hires another urchin to throw a fruit at his head.

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* ''Fraternity of the Stone'' by David Morrell. The protagonist wants to be a spy like his CoolUncle, who gets a Hong Kong StreetUrchin to teach him this technique. technique. In order to graduate, he has to rob the urchin without him noticing. noticing. As a distraction, he hires another urchin to throw a fruit at his head.
7th Apr '16 4:13:40 AM JackG
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* Used for a BrickJoke in ''Film/Casablanca''. At the start of the movie, we see a pickpocket at work. Later the pickpocket bumps into one of the main characters, who frantically checks his pockets to make sure his wallet is still there.


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* ''Fraternity of the Stone'' by David Morrell. The protagonist wants to be a spy like his CoolUncle, who gets a Hong Kong StreetUrchin to teach him this technique. In order to graduate, he has to rob the urchin without him noticing. As a distraction, he hires another urchin to throw a fruit at his head.
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