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Empty Your Pockets! The Robbery Of David Copperfield

David Copperfield hypnotizing robbersFor the average person, making money disappear is not a good thing.

In fact for most of us it can be hard to stop money from straight up flying out of our pockets.

But for world famous magician David Copperfield, it’s a different story.

His skills at making money disappear came in handy one night after a magic show in Florida.

He was walking through the parking lot with his two assistants when a black car rolled up next to them and hit the breaks.

The group thought it was more fans wanting autographs…until three guys jumped out of the car and started waving guns in their faces.

“Empty your pockets!!!”

The robbers frantically demanded that David Copperfield and his assistants hand over all the valuables they were carrying.

One by one his assistants put their things in the hands of the robbers, which included hundreds of dollars in cash, passports, phones, and even plane tickets.

And as you can imagine they were not too happy about it.

But David Copperfield was not about to part with the money he had on him, let alone the phone or passport he was carrying.

He gave a look to the robbers and innocently turned out his pockets. Each pocket appeared to be completely empty.

The robbers couldn’t argue with what their eyes were seeing, so they jumped into their getaway car and sped off.

Luckily David Copperfield’s group was able to use his hidden cell phone to immediately call the police with descriptions of the robbers and their exact license plate number. It wasn’t long before the robbers were picked up by the police and the assistants got their stuff back.

As for David Copperfield he didn’t lose a anything that day either, but instead gained a funny story to tell for the rest of his life.

He calls his technique of fooling the robbers “reverse pick pocketing”.

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True Instances Of Decency: Shoutout This Week To Cara A

boy who saved his sisters lifeThe shoutout this week is to reader Cara A., who left a comment on ‘The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life’ story:

“This story was in Reader’s Digest about 50 years ago. It’s now been posted as a current happening, by some “doctor” on twitter, and is making the rounds on tumblr.

Sadly, fakery at work – which detracts from true instances of decency in life.”

Thanks for your comment Cara. That’s too bad about the Twitter “doctor” though.

I can’t say that I’m surprised someone is out there doing that however. The lure of social media attention is too much for some people and it brings out their worst nature.

The Boy Who Saved His Sister’s Life is a beautiful story, even though it is short it can change a person for the better simply by reading it.

I didn’t know that it was in Reader’s Digest though, and 50 years ago at that!

Since I posted the story here years ago (wow…was that really in 2013??) people have written in every so often asking about the history of it. Maybe it’s time soon for me to do some more digging into where it came from.

If anybody knows what Reader’s Digest issue it was in, or any other info/versions of the story let me know. Leave a comment below or write me

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The Shocked Librarian And Don Quixote – A True Story

Don Quixote true story book coverDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
the book was the one on the wire rack in the school library
that caught my eye that day.
I’d heard it was a crazy story, but good.

The cover was crisp,
seemed like not a soul had ever bothered to open it.
I went to the counter and put my library card and the book down.

The librarian looked at me with big round eyes,
like seriously, she was shocked.
“Are you actually going to read this?” she said in horror.

She was actually trying to get me to turn back and check out a different book.

I had never heard of a librarian trying to stop someone from reading a book before.
“Yes.” I said with confidence.
But now inside my confidence was shaken.

She raised her eyebrows but didn’t say anything more.

Well to be honest there was so much going on in my teenage life.
Things at home weren’t great, and I was trying to figure out my place and how to handle things.

I was starving half the time, hinting at friends for food.
Didn’t know when we would have to pack up and move again at a moment’s notice.
It was hell, crazy hell.

I was looking for a book that would let me escape into a different world,
even if it was only for a while.
But I let myself be intimidated by the librarian’s attitude
and never got far into the book.

I quietly returned the book when it was time,
feeling very small.
The book was only slightly less crisp than before.

Today while writing this post
and thinking back on it all,
I decided to make a resolution to read the book
as a toast to my old self…

…and as a flip of the finger to that librarian with the raised eyebrows.


P.S. How about you?? Have you ever had a librarian (or someone like that) try to discourage you from reading a book? Tell me your story in the comments below!