A handy guide to pickpocketing

January 8, 2013

A terrific video from The New Yorker in which famed pickpocket Apollo Robbins reveals some of his favorite tricks. Unlike, say, most magicians, Robbins isn't shy about sharing his secrets:

If it hasn't already been recommended to you a million times already, read Adam Green's recent profile of Robbins. There's even a D.C. angle:

He is probably best known for an encounter with Jimmy Carter’s Secret Service detail in 2001. While Carter was at dinner, Robbins struck up a conversation with several of his Secret Service men. Within a few minutes, he had emptied the agents’ pockets of pretty much everything but their guns. Robbins brandished a copy of Carter’s itinerary, and when an agent snatched it back he said, “You don’t have the authorization to see that!” When the agent felt for his badge, Robbins produced it and handed it back. Then he turned to the head of the detail and handed him his watch, his badge, and the keys to the Carter motorcade.

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