Introduction: How to Blend in With Crowds.

Being inconspicuous takes practice, skill and cunning. Here are some things that I've learned about staying anonymous.

Step 1: Dress for Success

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

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

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

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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zilliana made it!(author)2011-07-30

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?

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Kirtap10 made it!(author)2013-02-10

A hooded sweatshirt, drug rug, hooded jacket, etc. is inconspicuous and modest and it would mostly hide a hijab.

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th30be made it!(author)2012-06-12

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.

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barnowl12 made it!(author)2012-01-12

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

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sabu.dawdy made it!(author)2013-02-10

this is a lovely idea :)

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Udon made it!(author)2008-12-18

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?

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jeffconnelly made it!(author)2010-09-12

If you're above average height, slouching can help; Below average - high/thick heels.

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That+guy+there made it!(author)2010-06-17

if you combine this hiding technique with this hidden blade then you have a deadly combo indeed!
hidden blade link:  https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-the-Assassins-Creed-Hidden-Blade/

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daninja made it!(author)2009-04-07

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!

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cd41 made it!(author)2008-10-29

A Dues Ex Machina is when the author just spontanieously fixes the conflict with an out of place event and ends the story, like in that Superman movie when he just flies counter-clockwise around the globe to go back in time, but i apriciate the fact that we both read the wikipedia article (and you are using the example about its use in greek plays)

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-10-31

Actually, no, I didn't read the wikipedia article, I passed 10th grade English class.

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cd41 made it!(author)2008-11-02

well glad to see teahcers take examples from wikipedia ain't it? just btw not trying to fight but you should consider taking more time and adding in more details to your comments

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-11-02

10th grade english class was 11 years ago. There was no Wikipedia back then.

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cd41 made it!(author)2008-11-02

Wow you had one amazing nice psycic teacher then..:)

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-11-03

no.

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Udon made it!(author)2008-12-18

And what does any of this have to do with Harrison Ford?

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cd41 made it!(author)2008-12-18

Not sure how but he can join the party

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kathynv made it!(author)2008-12-18

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.

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mysterygirl154 made it!(author)2008-11-03

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.

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zero4hero made it!(author)2008-08-10

I found waldo and the wizard now where is that damn scroll?

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-06-16

Interesting. So what this boils down to is that I think of literary devices as techniques, guidelines that enforce rigidity, whereas you think of them as tools, prompts that encourage thought. A rather simple difference of views, as far as I can see. Alright. We've both adequately explained or views, and neither of us has been swayed. Unless you have something else you think will persuade me, then it's time to either end the conversation or change the subject before the tension builds any more. ... ... ... So, how about this weather?

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-06-16

I'm sorry I wasn't clear. You see, I wasn't arguing the point that it was only applicable to plays, I was trying to explain why I was confused. I totally agree that it's not just for play. When DeusExMach explained it, the first thing I thought of was the Emilist from the Animorphs book series I liked when I was a kid. So I wasn't trying to argue there. On the other hand, I am going to argue the second point on the grounds that: A.) If you weren't trying to say that, then you failed miserably because that's exactly what "literary devices are only important to know about if you plan on reading a book," sounds like it to me. And B.) I don't agree that it's "somewhat Important" for readers--refering back to those animorphs books, I liked them just the same before and after I'd heard of Deus Ex Machina--, but for writers... You see, the way I think of it (and I doubt many would try to argue this,) writing isn't a science, it's an art. Now on the one hand, learning the techniques another artist has discovered can help make an artist's work more vivid and detailed, like when an artist first learns of shading or one-point-perspective. But on the other hand, too much emphasis on studying the techniques of other artists and not enough on discovering and developing one's own techniques leads to a lack of creativity, a regurgitation of what's already been done. So while I'll admit it's of some importance, I think it's something you need to be careful not to put too much emphasis on.

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-06-14

"The term translates as "God out of the Machine", referring to the contraption used to lower the actor into place." I'll also have you know that knowing literary devices and being able to read have nothing to do with each other. I can enjoy Terry Pratchett, Anthony Horowitz, William Shakespeare, Neil Gaiman, or any other writer without being able to write a three-page paper on the use of foreshadowing in one of their books.

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-06-16

oh. I apologize for wasting your time. I thought we were here to learn about things we didn't otherwise know. Forgive me for trying to include a little bit extra in answer to a direct question. Unless it was a rhetorical question, and if so, I'll answer it with rhetoric. To whit: "Knowledge is power" "Deus Ex Machinas are overused in american cinema, literature, et. al." "You're makin' us look like jerks... READ A BOOK!".

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-06-16

I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to insult you, I was just arguing the point that how many literary terms I know has nothing to do with my ability to read. I am an avid reader, and I find it highly offensive and elitist towards scholars to say that I'm not good at it because I don't know all the scholarly terms. I'm not mad at you, I was quite grateful to you for explaining the joke, I liked it, it was funny, and I got to learn something new. But I don't like being told I'm a bad reader because I didn't already know it.

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generalmayhem made it!(author)2008-05-22

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.

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Sypran made it!(author)2008-05-22

why in every movie is there a St. Pattys day parade that the good guy can blend in to escape?

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-05-22

It's the writer's convenience.

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-05-27

A Deus Ex St. Patty's day?

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-05-27

Um... What?

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-05-27

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.

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IkilledKenny made it!(author)2008-06-14

people like green?

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killarowa made it!(author)2008-06-11

and knowing is half the battle. G.I. JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DeusExMach made it!(author)2008-06-11

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.

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-05-27

Oh... I get it now. Funny!

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cecilomar made it!(author)2008-06-14

Because everybody is drunk?

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Spinning_Rings made it!(author)2008-06-14

I think I can get through life just fine without knowing a couple of play terms, thank you very much.

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tsieling made it!(author)2008-06-04

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.

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dwalk51 made it!(author)2008-05-29

mmmkay thanks Jason Bourne

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drummonkey92 made it!(author)2008-05-23

haha the bear cant spell lol cool 'ible, im not sure when i could use this new knowledge but its handy to know

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-24

, Psst! I think it's Russian! ,

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-24

why didn't that work?

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-24

psst

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-24

Oh, there we go! The first one!

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drummonkey92 made it!(author)2008-05-25

that explains the k in circus, but what about parlament not being parliament?

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drummonkey92 made it!(author)2008-05-25

maybey i should ease off a bit..he doesnt even have opposable thumbs lol

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-25

True. Haha. Hmmm... I wonder if they sell protesting bears. I want one.

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bosherston made it!(author)2008-05-27

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.

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drummonkey92 made it!(author)2008-05-27

ahh rite, cool

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Gjdj3 made it!(author)2008-05-24

,pst,

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