I like Drop Dead Queens a lot. It genuinely adds something to the plot. Was this trick in your book The King Has Left the Building...With Amnesia
(the hard copy version)? I seem to remember reading it in there, but maybe I'm just confused!
The pickpocketing ideas makes for a great presentational hook. I also have a version that allows you to steal the cards one at a time, which I present as a demonstration of card mucking.
P.S. For those of you who hadn't noticed, I've published a variation of Daley's trick on the "free tricks" page of my blog. The trick is called "Big Bullet Monte":