Apollo Robbins, the gentleman thief, is a sleight of hand and pickpocketing expert. His deception is artful as he manipulates awareness and takes whatever he wants. He once lifted security credentials, motorcade keys, and itinerary from the Secret Service agents protecting Jimmy Carter in 2000. He is magical to watch and will completely change how safe you thought you were from pickpocketing. Anyone can be deceived, including you. By understanding their techniques, you can better protect yourself from pickpockets and deception cons. Here are some of my favorite videos on the subject.
Apollo Robbins, The Master Pickpocket: Tricks of the Trade (6:51)
Ted Talk: Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection (8:48)
Today Show: Supernatural pickpocketing skills!! Awesome to watch! – by Apollo Robbins (4:41)
Apollo Robbins, The Gentleman Thief (38:35)
Bob Arno is known for his on-stage comedy pickpocketing where he deceives and loots items from guests for viewer entertainment. Bob never stole or pickpocketed in the real world, but in this engaging documentary, Bob goes to Naples Italy where he goes undercover to meet real world pickpocketers. He then infiltrates one of the most prolific pickpocket gangs in the area. They then challenge Arno to do a real world pick.
Pickpocket King Bob Arno (49:21)
Here we see the concept of electronic pickpocketing. A technique where your credit card information is stolen without your credit card ever leaving your purse or pocket.
INSIDE EDITION Investigates Electronic Pickpocketing (3:39)