James Brown

The Watch Steal

Only One Series

Learn to steal a watch (for entertainment purposes only)... You will have to give it back.

Beginner friendly... no prior experience required.

Sale price$19.95
How easy is it to learn? :
  • Self-Working
  • Easy
  • Takes a little practice
  • Takes more practice
  • God Tier Magicians Only
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Learn to steal a watch (for entertainment purposes only)... You will have to give it back.

James Brown, master of misdirection and a professional pickpocket, will show you how to steal a watch straight from someone's wrist.

In this instant-access video tutorial, you will learn: 

  • The exact spot your body needs to be in to trick their peripheral vision.
  • How to tell the right moment to take the watch.
  • How to ensure the rest of the audience stays quiet, even if they catch the steal.
  • & How to reveal that you’re wearing their watch, right under their nose.

James will also teach you to steal all kinds of different watches:

  • Rubber Straps
  • Leather Straps
  • Some Metal Bands
  • & even Apple Watches.

This is the first in the “Only One” series by Ellusionist.

The idea with this series is that if you had the time or patience to learn only 1 trick in the category of pickpocketing - then it has to be this one. The Watch Steal.

This isn’t a 3-week masterclass, a course or a compendium. It doesn’t have 12 hours of teaching.

This video tutorial is direct. It gets straight to the point. One easily consumable video that covers the mechanics, nuances and misdirection required for you to steal a watch from a stranger.

Designed with the right theory to ensure you can feel comfortable performing this anytime, anywhere - and for anyone.

Learn The Watch Steal Today 

Credit: We learned to steal watches from the late, great Chappy Brazil. If you want a further reference, please seek out his published works. 


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Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
Joachim Schmid

Everything is explained very well and I really enjoyed the video production🤩

Neil Granger
An absolute must buy for all close up Magicians

I have known about James Brown's Box Clever routine for years and have even played around with bits of it I saw other magicians perform. However, I've never taken the time to learn the actual routine.. until now.

Firstly, James is a fantastic communicator and teacher. Succinct and clear in his explanation. He covers every aspect of this routine but does it without condescension or unnecessary repetition.
The download is exactly as you see in the trailer. James teaches both his original card under box routine (Box Clever) as well as his current version. Both routines are excellent. The choreography and justification for each move combined with the built in misdirection makes this routine so much fun to perform but also a great lesson in attention management. You know that this routine has been worked in thousands of times and if added to your repertoire, you will have a killer piece of magic to perform for your audience.

The routine is hard to perform but it will take some practise to feel confident to perform as a moderate level of card magic knowledge is needed. Don't let this deter you if you are a beginner. This is well worth every penny. Well done James and Ellusionist. A fantastic project 👏

Florian Dürr
Thanks, neat trick!

Thanks for this cool trick and I even received a discount on another trick!

Jonathan coradin
Love this instruction!!!

In depth but also right to the point. If you study his details it’s perfect!!

Noa Della Lucia

The Watch Steal

Michael Weisser
Watch Steal - A confidence booster!!

For years I had always avoided learning skills like this as I never felt confident enough to pull them off. However, after finally pulling the trigger and now having learned the watch steal, my confidence level is miles above where it was previously. The methods and techniques discussed in the tutorial were easy to follow along with and I’m sure with enough practice I’ll be adding this to my repertoire. Luckily I have a very patient wife and multiple styles of watches to practice with 👍🏽

Blender Puree
Great Everything!!!

This is well made and I am already taking the watches without any notice. Thank you Ellusionist!!! and thank you to all the Magicians in this video helping with the production and making of the video♥. Thank you!

Sean McKenzie
I stole my first watch on the very first try! I couldn't believe it!

This was my first purchase for "Pickpocketing" Magic. I was really nervous and unsure about learning, more or less performing this feat. My fears were put at ease.

The video quality and explanations are great. Not a second was wasted in the explanation. VERY DIRECT! Everything was gold, from how to remove the watches to spacial awareness, misdirection theory, and finally, how to reveal the steal in the kindest ways. I was worried that the Apple watch would be difficult....nope....not at all!

I said I stole my first watch on the first try. To clarify and not mislead, I told a friend that I was learning to steal watches. I saw his watch and was nervous because it was a longer band (leather/rubber type). I told him what I would do, and before I knew it, the watch was off, and he was also surprised! He said to me, "If you had not told me you were going to do it, I would not have had the slightest idea you took it from me."

I normally don't pay more than $12 for a singular download, but this one was worth every penny. Thank you, James, for giving us a glimpse into the art that is your Magic!

Isaac Gordon
The watch steal

The watch steal is the most ideal and in my opinion best way to learn watch stealing. It gives you the full set of skills to put forward and use in real life, and supplies you with enough info that you have the confidence to go out and perform this. For anyone getting into watch stealing, this is definitely for you.

Dylan Cooper
Great variety in handling

This tutorial excelled in giving multiple methods for the same effect, which I think is super helpful. There have been several tricks that I’ve bought only to find out that the method isn’t suited for me, either based on size, finger dexterity, or performance style. This instructional video gives you so many ways you can apply this, I can guarantee you’ll walk away with something