Steal a watch off a wrist? Why, what sort of publication would bring light to bear on such a sordid thing? The Wall Street Journal, naturally! It’s quite simple, really — 4 simple steps, laid out for you in great detail and with helpful illustrations” in Stealing a Watch, Made Easy, The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012. Actually an excerpt from the new book “Fooling Houdini” by Alex Stone, Copyright © 2012 (looks like a great book, btw).
As with any magic trick, though, the mechanics are only a small part of the illusion; psychology is the secret sauce. Practice, practice!
How To Steal A Watch Off A Wrist
Copyright © 2012 Alex Stone, “Fooling Houdini”
Illustrations: Jason Lee
You make a C with your hand and press your thumb against the watch’s face while your middle finger curls around the person’s wrist. The tip of the middle finger should align with the tip of the tongue.
Most watches have a little loop to hold the tongue down, so first you need to free the tongue by curling your middle finger inward, easing the tongue back out of the loop.
Once this is done, your finger goes underneath the tongue and bends it all the way back, until the prong comes out of the hole.
You then flick it back down and push the tongue slightly askew so that the prong doesn’t slip back into one of the holes as you yank the watch off the wrist.
Finally, in a quick, fluid motion, you pull your hand away while palming the watch in your curled fingers.