Hypnosis or misdirection?

6 Jan

This video has been making the rounds on the internet. It purports to show a theft committed by hypnosis:

 

 

But I am skeptical. The audio quality is poor, so we cannot hear what is being said. Also, the victim’s head is blurred so we don’t know where he is looking when the theft takes place.

I suspect that what we are really seeing is a pickpocket in action. A good pickpocket uses misdirection and the victim is unaware of the theft.

Watch this promotional video for pickpocket Bob Arno and notice how he touches his victim:

 

 

One of the reasons we find a stage pickpocket entertaining is because we stand outside of the victim’s frame of reference. We see things that the victim cannot see. I think this is a more plausible explanation than hypnosis.

 

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