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September 4, 2009 |
David Avadon, a professional illusionist who wrote a 2007 book on pickpocketing, which was his trademark theatrical act, has died. He was 60. Avadon, who had a recent history of heart problems, suffered a heart attack and died Aug. 22 while working out at a fitness club in Santa Monica, said his brother, Joe Hutchins. For more than 30 years, Avadon had regularly presented his pickpocket act at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He also had entertained throughout the United States, in Japan, Canada and Great Britain and served as a technical consultant on TV and film productions.
May 19, 1985
Having just returned from Seville, where I had my own brush with a pickpocket, I would like to add two suggestions to the excellent articles by George Reasons and Dorothy Casperson (May 5). The surest protection is to leave everything of value locked in your hotel safe. Many cities have thieves, but I believe that Seville may be the worst in Spain. Thievery there is a well-established, tax-free industry. Its pickpockets are highly skilled artists at their trade. Do your souvenir buying in other cities, which have the same stuff to sell.
January 20, 2012 |
There's a certain shaggy, 1970s-era charm to "Loosies," a crime-with-a-side-of-romance (or perhaps it's the other way around) trifle written by and starring Peter Facinelli (the "Twilight" pictures, TV's "Nurse Jackie") as an essentially decent Manhattan pickpocket "working" to pay off his late father's enormous debt. This nicely acted, atmospheric gambol, directed with a light, occasionally random touch by Michael Corrente ("Outside Providence," "Brooklyn Rules") puts Facinelli's sexy, charismatic Bobby at the center of a handful of raggedy story strands that engage even if they never fully coalesce.
March 17, 2013 |
TEHRAN - The pickpocket, nabbed in the act, pleaded for mercy. “Please, let me go!” he implored of the spectators gathered on the sidewalk. “I am a father of two. I can't make ends meet.” Improbably, an onlooker invoking the onset of spring holidays and the philosophy of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy would help decide the suspect's fate. Moments earlier, two elderly men had dragged the assailant from the bus station on Enghelab (Revolution) Avenue, close to the bustle of Tehran University.
January 29, 2006
I read Beverly Mann's article -- "A Careful Traveler Becomes a Bit Warier" [Jan. 22] -- and could so relate. I also was the victim of a pickpocket last summer in Madrid. It happened aboard a city bus as I was on the way to the palace and to do some shopping. Luckily, the incident occurred at the end of the trip; otherwise, it could have put more of a damper on our journey. It happened just three blocks from our hotel. I also had a fanny pack and was wearing it in front. I am sure it involved the two nicely dressed men who pinned me in on the crowded bus and stole my wallet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1985 |
Oscar O'Lear was walking down the streets of Arleta the other day, slouching and scowling and thinking about Timothy Mittens. "I got so I kind of liked the guy," Oscar was saying, "even though I busted him eight times. So when he calls about two weeks ago, I say, 'Mittens, I'll spring for dinner one of these days,' and he says, 'Right, O'Leary, I'll drop a dime on you.' " Oscar scowled as he turned into a restaurant for a beer and a tuna sandwich. Oscar almost always scowls.