Show business junkies, magic fans and lovers of the variety arts, put your hands on your wallets and read on. Cutting Up Touches is the first book ever written on the history of exhibition pickpocketing. This specialty act features dynamic performers who deftly steal watches and wallets - even neckties and belts from unsuspecting volunteers. F.D.R., J. Edgar Hoover, Pierce Brosnan and Michael Douglas are some of the many celebrities and political figures who've found their pockets emptied by these light-fingered showmen. David Avadon, one of the smoothest pickpockets in the country, unveils the rich history of this fascinating entertainment from its music hall beginnings to the largest showrooms in the world. He explores the powerful subliminal emotions touched by each act of theatrical theivery. This street crime turned performance art is unique among all entertainments. It is the human-to-human activity which most closely resembles bull fighting. Avadon puts the reader wise to the wires, dips and cannons of the street corner variety then, in elegant prose, limns the masters of stealing on stage: Dr. Giovanni, Borra, Dominique and many, many more. Illustrated with photos, playbills and posters, many published here for the first time.
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David Avadon, The Fastest Pickpocket in the West, is a featured entertainer for corporate events. With his professional fleecing, he appears throughout the United States and in Singapore, Japan and Great Britain. He's demonstrated his light-fingered skills more than a dozen times on national television. On the ABC morning show, he actually lifted a spectator's wallet, watch and necktie in ninety seconds. He is also a respected technical advisor, choreographing pickpocketing sequences for films and television shows.From Booklist:
At first blush, Avadon's study seems a combination of fashion screed and true crime. Actually, it's a history of pickpocketing as performance art, one Avadon practices on stage and TV. Little known and underappreciated, exhibition pickpocketing is hardly new, though. Avadon views himself as carrying on the showbiz tradition of such pocket-picking immortals as Boris Borra, Ricki Dunn, and Dominique, all of whose professional highlights he recounts. He necessarily touches on light-fingered personal-possession swiping for profit, but the book's crime-tech aspects are overshadowed by the interesting characters he profiles. Take Dr. John Giovanni, né Adolf Herczog, acrobat and purported physician, who claimed to have boosted FDR's watch four times, Winston Churchill's suspenders once (he returned them), and J. Edgar Hoover's suspenders, to boot (those he kept). Obviously a forgotten giant of popular culture, Giovanni was, Avadon opines, "the snaffler of all snafflers." Informative, full of zany characters—fine entertainment history! Tribby, Mike
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Descrizione libro Squash Publishing, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0974468169
Descrizione libro Squash Pub, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st Edition. Brand new, unread copy. No dj as issued. Pictorial laminated hard boards. Illustrated with photos and reproductions. Indexed. Codice libro della libreria 102310
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