I personally don't play cards that much because nobody particularly wants to play with me anymore which is actually good because i would probably suck at it if i did not cheat, lol.
I shall just let them assume i am fantastic.
My first venture into sleight of hand was cheating in cards at school for money and now that i am much older, i am certain my ability to cheat is better than ever but still....
I don't think i would find it fun anymore.
3 card monte is a risk for money because if there is money on the line, those people will be paying VERY close attention and ANY suspect moves will be challenged. Unless you have a partner, the old mexican turnover better be flawless.
Back in the old days when i had nothing better to do, i would only use little scams like this to get free drinks, taking money seemed a little too dishonest for me (yes i am aware it is pretty similar).
Only twice did i use pickpocketing outside of performance (that i can recall).
There was a man sitting a couple of tables away from me with his friends and i noticed his wallet was sticking out of his back pocket a little, so i went and took it.
Now i could have just nicked it, taken the money and run off but that seemed tacky and nowhere near as manipulative as i like, so i walked straight up to reception and handed it in saying i had just found it.
When i got back i went up to the guy and said
"Excuse me, sorry to bother you, but did you lose your wallet ?"
He checked his pocket and freaked out (as you do when you lose
"It's okay" i assured him, "I picked it up but i took it to the front desk because i did not want to give it to the wrong person, you have to be careful these days, i am sure if you describe it to them you will be able to get it straight back"
He was very happy with me and my honesty
"My pleasure of course, hope you guys have a good night" i said and i walked back to my table and sat there alone, watching the jazz trio.
When he got back he bought me many drinks which was just fine with me
That was one of those times when i certainly didn't need the money but simply needed some amusement.
My second real pickpocketing outside of performance, this is a good one.
When i was about 17, my friend and i got mugged, threatened with a knife and one of the guys took me to the bank machine wanting me to take out my money, i had over a $1000 in there that had not cleared yet (it would have been available in a day or so, and it was the weekend so i would not have been able to cancel immediately). So he took my card after seeing that money there but i 'stole' the card back
The guys were complete idiots and i think they were lenient on me when they asked me to empty my pockets, saw a deck of cards in there and i said "I am a professional card cheat" hoping this would kind of put us on a somewhat level playing field, if they thought i was a thief as well.
Possibly saved me from a beating or worse !
I DO NOT recommend any of you try either of these things, they were stupid, stupid things to do despite the happy outcomes.
I do not really think i have the attitude to steal people's things via pickpocketing with the intention to actually keep it. I would feel way too guilty.
When i was first learning in high school, i did a watch steal on a girl but dropped it, it hit the ground and stopped working.
She had no idea it was me and said "I dropped my watch ! its broken ! My parents are going to be so mad at me !!"
I said "That's terrible
I'll tell you what, i will get it fixed for you"
She was astounded at my generosity.