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jakem1    1,610

 

Police in London have released CCTV footage of a man apparently using hypnotism-type distraction techniques to rob the owner of a shop without the victim realising what was happening.

 

The film, shown on the BBC?s Crimewatch programme on Thursday night, shows the alleged robber enter the off licence in Highgate, north London, and engage the owner in conversation, standing very close to him. The CCTV shows him gently touching the shop owner several times, on the stomach and shoulder, with the victim standing motionless.

 

The man is seen going through the shopowner?s trouser pockets twice as he speaks rapidly to him, removing a large bundle of cash, believed to be shop takings. As the man leaves, the shopowner apparently emerges from a trance-like state and attempts to walk after him.

 

The Metropolitan police said the alleged robber told the victim his wife was pregnant and that he needed some bottled water. He can be seen on the footage mimicking a bulge on his stomach, and touching the shopowner?s stomach.

Det Sgt Dave Bullock, from Haringey police, said: ?The victim in this incident said that he was momentarily unaware of what had happened to him. The suspect?s distraction tactics appeared to have worked as he robbed the victim of cash from his pocket. If anyone recognises the suspect or has been a victim in similar circumstances, please contact us.?

 

The suspect is described as possibly east European, 30-35, slim and about 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing dark jeans, a grey polo shirt and a black bomber jacket.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/05/hypnotist-thief-robs-shopkeeper-london-trance

 

London thieves do it with style :)

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DreadPirateRoberts    37

Well instead of using that skill to rob people maybe he should put it to good use by preforming in the street and stuff and who knows he could have ended up having his own show but now the only thing hes going to end up doing is going to jail.

 

Hes clearly very good at what he does tho.

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Andrew    2,861

Convinced it was/is a scam

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Aergan    622

So Derren Brown's turned to a less subtle life of crime?

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FiB3R    1,663

Watched that on TV last night.

 

Too amazeballs to be true.

 

Insurance scam?

 

The fact they put it on TV (Crimewatch is a serious, and respected TV show in the UK), baffles me even more.

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eddman    380

Even to this day, after reading countless articles, etc., I still don't exactly know how hypnotism actually works.

 

Somewhere it says a hypnotist can hypnotize someone with them not even realizing it. Somewhere else it says that, no, the person being hypnotized is awake and fully aware and can actually stop the process at any point.

 

Can anyone elaborate on this?

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He's Dead Jim    1,990

It's the power of suggestion, some persons are more susceptible to it than others....

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Hum    6,933
The man is seen going through the shop owner?s trouser pockets ...

 

 

I don't know how many times that's happened to me. :whistle:

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compl3x    6,290

It's the power of suggestion, some persons are more susceptible to it than others....

 

I always thought you had to be a willing participant in hypnotism? As far as I know no hypnotist can just walk up to you, put you into a trance and rob you.

 

I can't watch the video so I can't say much else.

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MikeChipshop    3,458

I always thought you had to be a willing participant in hypnotism? As far as I know no hypnotist can just walk up to you, put you into a trance and rob you.

 

I can't watch the video so I can't say much else.

 

Yes and no. It can still be used as a suggestion and distraction technique whether you like it or not. 

 

This article states "Hypnotism" but it's more along the lines of talking someone in to a more relaxed state and detaching them from what's going on. Not a true hypnotic state and it's the same technique used by many NLP practitioners rather than full blown hypnotism.

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ThisSiteHasLostItsCharm    263

waves hand "you will open the register"

 

 

gets arrested, "I am not the suspect you are looking for"

 

"i can go free"

 

you can go free.

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Intersect    239

Yes and no. It can still be used as a suggestion and distraction technique whether you like it or not. 

 

This article states "Hypnotism" but it's more along the lines of talking someone in to a more relaxed state and detaching them from what's going on. Not a true hypnotic state and it's the same technique used by many NLP practitioners rather than full blown hypnotism.

this is defiantly the work of some one who knows NLP,  I have seen this kind of thing demonstrated at a hacker con a few years back

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JoeC    107

If the CCTV had sound, you would have heard him say Imperio.

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compl3x    6,290

Yes and no. It can still be used as a suggestion and distraction technique whether you like it or not. 

 

This article states "Hypnotism" but it's more along the lines of talking someone in to a more relaxed state and detaching them from what's going on. Not a true hypnotic state and it's the same technique used by many NLP practitioners rather than full blown hypnotism.

 

 

this is defiantly the work of some one who knows NLP,  I have seen this kind of thing demonstrated at a hacker con a few years back

 

 

Sorry if I am being dense but does NLP refer to Neuro-linguistic programming?

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Intersect    239

Sorry if I am being dense but does NLP refer to Neuro-linguistic programming?

yes that is what it is

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compl3x    6,290

yes that is what it is

 

OK. That has been dismissed as pseudo-science, as far as I can tell.

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Intersect    239

OK. That has been dismissed as pseudo-science, as far as I can tell.

Dismissed or not NLP does work and has both positive and negative out comes.

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compl3x    6,290

Dismissed or not NLP does work and has both positive and negative out comes.

 

 

No, that's the point, it doesn't work. It's pseudo-science.

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chrisj1968    1,417

Watched that on TV last night.

 

Too amazeballs to be true.

 

Insurance scam?

 

The fact they put it on TV (Crimewatch is a serious, and respected TV show in the UK), baffles me even more.

 

It was aired in the UK? yikes. could go either way. I guess time will tell if this is a truth or a lie

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