is a crime
that is a form of larceny
which involves the stealing of money and valuables off the person of a victim without them noticing. Generally a pickpocketer is a poor person who is in desperate need of money.
The crime requires considerable dexterity and a knack for misdirection[?]
The crime used to be punished by death, but the public hangings (ironically) were considered prime targets for pickpockets.
Famous fictional pickpockets: The Artful Dodger, Fagin.
It is also a skill used by magicians, where an item is taken from a person without their knowledge or returned to them without their knowledge.
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