I smiled to myself. After all, I had the upper hand, and a bird was singing cheerfully nearby.
(Here, I have both hooked you, gentle reader, and described my surroundings in a most
masterful manner, [and used some alliteration] as well as overusing brackets)
Behind me, my would-be pickpocket recoiled in surprise as his tried and tested pocket-picking methods failed.
"What? What is this?" He stammered, worried more in how I had outsmarted him than in the fact he had been caught.
I stood up, turning so he could see my full costume. He recoiled again, fearful of my splendor. For I was a magician, the scourge of the criminal classes. Standing tall in my frilled shirt, black cape and top hat, I addressed him thus:
"I never reveal my secrets, my good Sir!"
"But... But..." he stammered, "I never fail."
I laughed again, this time extending my arms to make my cape billow. I like to make my cape billow: It's more theatrical, and I like the way it feels when the air caresses me.
Before me, the would-be criminal mastermind had collapsed. He was getting paler, and I - being the noble hero I was - bandaged up his hand. Not being of the magical persuasion, he would never understand my magic pocket bear-trap.