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Being inconspicuous takes practice, skill and cunning. Here are some things that I've learned about staying anonymous.
 
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Step 1: Dress for success

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Dress so you don't stand out. Normally this means dressing plainly. Although, sometimes you may need to dress up like a zombie to blend in with a crowd.

Anticipate what the rest of the crowd will look like and use common sense. Avoid bright colors or revealing clothing. Avoid anything that could get people to pay attention to you. Avoid being too out of style and too in style. Avoid things with big logos or graphics on it.

In most situations the ideal outfit has dark muted colors, is clean, covers your naughty bits and matches. It should have a timeless look.

Step 2: Don't draw attention to yourself

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Don't behave in a way that draws attention to yourself. Don't scream and jump around. Also, don't act suspicious and keep looking over your shoulder.

Use common sense. Behave the same exact way everyone else is behaving. If everyone is screaming and jumping around, then do the same.

Step 3: Wear a disguise

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Wear something to disguise your natural features without drawing attention to yourself. It could be as simple as carefully selecting a hat.

You would be amazed how hard it is to find someone you know in a crowd that is wearing a hat that you've never seen before.

Changing the way you walk is also surprisingly effective. You can remove the liner from your shoe to walk lopsided or if you don't mind pain, just put some rocks in a shoe.

Step 4: Stay in the middle

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Stay as close to the most dense part of the crowd. It is easier to find people straggling about on the edges. It's harder to find people that are in the middle of everything since everyone is moving around you. If people are moving in small groups through the crowd, pick a random one and pretend that you are with them by following closely behind.

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zilliana4 years ago
Uhm, is there ANY way for a hijabi (muslim gal who wears headscarf) who feels stalked to blend into the crowd? I've got a friend who wears the scarf and she feels that there is no way for her to hide short of violating her religious policies. Can you help?
A hooded sweatshirt, drug rug, hooded jacket, etc. is inconspicuous and modest and it would mostly hide a hijab.
th30be zilliana3 years ago
tell her to take it off. If she feels that she being stalked and is being endangered then who cares about religion. It is not worth being hurt.
Your friend should wear a scarf that isn't bright and is an earth tone or kind of a dull color. I have seen dull colors on other hijabi's and it looks fine
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
this is a lovely idea :)
Udon6 years ago
A white dude (tallish, green eyes, hair on arms, porridgey pale skin, spiky but far from I-have-perfect-black-hair-that-looks-like-this-when-I-woke-up-and-it-moves-in-the-wind-just-like-in-Anime-because-I-am-Asian kind of hair, huge and monstrous feet) trying to blend into China. Buddy of mine went to Shanghai for the F1 - he was there for 3 days, and walking on the street he eckons he was the tallest person on that part of the continent. He's 1.8m. Can blending in even be possible?
If you're above average height, slouching can help; Below average - high/thick heels.
if you combine this hiding technique with this hidden blade then you have a deadly combo indeed!
hidden blade link:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-the-Assassins-Creed-Hidden-Blade/
daninja6 years ago
Thanks for the great instructable! now i can hide the fact that i have wings on my back that i can fold in and the wingspan is 15 feet. Yes, i can fly!
kathynv6 years ago
If you suspect that someone is looking for/at you, immediately develop a plausible reason to be in the area; get a haircut or shave, look at/purchase foods at an outdoor market. If you're doing what all the other people of your gender are doing, it's usually a lot easier to blend.
You forgot to act like nothings weird I almost always do my homework right before its due in class, and I never get caught. It's kind of funny watching other people get caught and it drives my friends nutty.
zero4hero7 years ago
I found waldo and the wizard now where is that damn scroll?
See also Harrison Ford's escape from Tommy Lee Jones and the rest of the Federal Marshalls by blending into the St. Patrick's Day parade crowd in the movie "The Fugitive". He obviously read this instructable first.
why in every movie is there a St. Pattys day parade that the good guy can blend in to escape?
It's the writer's convenience.
A Deus Ex St. Patty's day?
Um... What?
A "Deus Ex Machina" is a literary device in which an actor playing "God" would descend from the top of the stage, and fix the situation for the protagonist with a helpful and timely intervention. The term translates as "God out of the Machine", referring to the contraption used to lower the actor into place. It has since become synonomous with any random plot device that serves as a "Saving Grace" for the main character in a story. ...and now, you know.
people like green?
and knowing is half the battle. G.I. JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sure, knowing is half the battle. And you know what? So is losing. Losing is half the battle. Let's focus on ALL the battle, here.
Oh... I get it now. Funny!
Because everybody is drunk?
tsieling7 years ago
I'd avoid changing one's walk so much that it becomes noticeable. Don't change your walk into a limp, for example, as people can pick out a lame walk pretty quickly.
dwalk517 years ago
mmmkay thanks Jason Bourne
haha the bear cant spell lol cool 'ible, im not sure when i could use this new knowledge but its handy to know
, Psst! I think it's Russian! ,
Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
why didn't that work?
Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
psst

' psst '

Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
Oh, there we go! The first one!
that explains the k in circus, but what about parlament not being parliament?
maybey i should ease off a bit..he doesnt even have opposable thumbs lol
True. Haha. Hmmm... I wonder if they sell protesting bears. I want one.
That sentry box stands outside the Czech parliament in Prague, the whole castle complex in Prague ( where the parliament is housed ) is totally awesome, well worth a visit. I believe in this instance the Czech Green Party was trying to highlight the plight of the native bear population.
ahh rite, cool
Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
,pst,
Got it! Slovakian.
Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
Ty Lizat
Actually, not russian. Skandanavian?
Gjdj3 Gjdj37 years ago
A language with lots of 'k's
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