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The Best Pickpocket in the World


Photo: Martin Schoeller

The first time magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller met
Apollo Robbins, he was unimpressed. After all, pickpocket acts are a dime-a-dozen
and Jillette already knew all their tricks.

“Come on,” Jillette said. “Steal something from me.”

Again, Robbins begged off, but he offered to do a trick instead. He
instructed Jillette to place a ring that he was wearing on a piece of
paper and trace its outline with a pen. By now, a small crowd had gathered.
Jillette removed his ring, put it down on the paper, unclipped a pen
from his shirt, and leaned forward, preparing to draw. After a moment,
he froze and looked up. His face was pale.

“Fuck. You,” he said, and slumped into a chair.

And so began the fascinating life story of Apollo Robbins, one of the
world’s best pickpockets, as told by Adam Green in this article over at
The New Yorker: Link
– and then head on over to YouTube to see
him in action
.

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December 31st, 2012

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