The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Revealing mistake: Mr. Silk picks Tintin's pocket when they bump into each other on the street. However, it is clear that neither of his hands go anywhere near his pockets.

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Suggested correction: Have a look at the original Secret Of The Unicorn book with Herge's illustrations. Mr. Silk has picked wallets out of hundreds of people's pockets, but nobody has ever seen or felt him take their wallets. Mr. Silk must be the world's fastest and most adept pickpocket. Perhaps he's so fast that nobody sees his hands move. Did you ever see the Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles? The Waco Kid, played by Gene Wilder, is the fastest gun in the west. Once he shoots six people's guns out of their hands. Yet you never see his hands move at all! He can draw his gun, fire at multiple targets, and replace his gun in his holster, but he moves so quickly that your eyes can't even register the movement. Maybe Mr. Silk is an equally fast pickpocket.

Rob Halliday

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