Last month I ventured down to Wichita, Kansas to present at a supervisors meeting for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. I had a great time sharing my magic with them, and talking to them about what it means to share their magic with the people they lead. I met some very fun, wonderful, and respectable individuals, and had a  great time chatting with people before and after the presentation.

When I asked for examples of the pickpocket mentality, one gentleman told me about a time his sister received car service. She told him something wasn’t right, and when he checked the car he saw they hadn’t tightened everything down properly. He took the car back to the station and notified the manager, just to let him know that this kind of mistake can ruin a car. The manager found the man responsible, and humiliated him by publicly chewing and cussing him out. We agreed the healthy and more effective response would have been to take the man aside, and quietly and calmly explain to him the seriousness of his mistake. This was a great everyday, practical example of how the pickpocket mentality pokes it’s ugly head. For  more examples of the pickpocket mentality, check out my book here.

Here are some pics from the Kansas Turnpike Authority presentation…

Taping my eyes shut.
Taping my eyes shut.
It's so fun to watch grown-ups playing around.
It’s so fun to watch grown-ups playing around.
A highway patrol officer helps me illustrate what it means to abandon the pickpocket mentality. Notice his watch is gone. No, he didn't arrest me for it.
A lieutenant with the highway patrol helps me illustrate what it means to abandon the pickpocket mentality. Notice his watch is gone. No, he didn’t arrest me for it. I thought about going for the gun too, but then my better judgment kicked in.