The Professional Stage Pickpocket – by Ricki Dunn


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Bonus! Includes a DVD of Ricki Dunn’s Act

The Professional Stage Pickpocket
by Ricki Dunn


This book has received rave reviews:

“Nielsen Magic has done double service by providing a wonderful tribute to a great act and unique character, and at the same time delivering his enormous talent and hard-won knowledge to future performers.”
Jamy Ian Swiss – Genii Magazine

“…this book and DVD combination is the best work of its kind so far.”
Jeff Hobson – MUM Magazine

“I believe any magician will profit by reading this book, in that the attention to detail, the knowledge of timing, the selection of material, and the audience handling techniques are very valuable.”
Phil Willmarth – The Linking Ring

Ricki Dunn had an impressive career that spanned over 50 years. Also known as “America’s Funniest Pickpocket”, Ricki worked at all the mayor nightclubs, hotels, casinos, and cruise ships around the world. He worked in cities like Miami, Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas. During his 20 minute act he would steal everything from wallets, neckties, glasses, and belts, and have his audience roaring with laughter.

This book is the result of his 50 years of experience. In it Ricki reveals how to steal every kind of item. It includes routines that incorporate the different steals, how to develop a pickpocket act, and how to market it.

Even if you do not plan to become a pickpocket, the knowledge of timing and the selection of material is well worth your consideration. This book is the legacy of a full-time professional entertainer who was one of the best in his field.

A partial list of what this book contains:

  • Misdirection
  • Maintaining Audience Control
  • Organizing the Stolen Goods
  • Stealing from Different Pockets
  • Stealing Watches
  • Stealing Neckties and Belts
  • Pseudo-Steals
  • The Shirt Trick
  • 20 Professional Pickpocket Routines
  • Creating a Pickpocket Act
  • Publicity for a Pickpocket Act
  • Thoughts on the Electric Chairs

Ricki Dunn was a fascinating person. This book also contains two appendices, with a biography and stories by some of his best friends.

Ricki is no longer with us, and for that reason we have included a DVD of his act (performance only), giving the viewer a glimpse of his personality onstage, as well as his masterful timing.

(Hardbound – 208 pages plus a DVD of Ricki’s performance)

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