January 6, 2013
A PICKPOCKET’S TALE The spectacular thefts of Apollo Robbins.
Robbins strolled through the crowd, smiling and nodding, resting a hand on a shoulder here,
lightly touching an elbow there. From time to time, he let his fingertips graze someone’s pocket, a technique called “fanning.” “He’s got a cell phone, keys, and maybe some cash in that right front pocket,” --Adam Green The New Yorker
Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 6, 2013 12:31 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.
We were just discussing this a few days ago while my daughter was acquiring her new iPhone 5.
The way most people walk around completely immersed in their little iPhone worlds, should make the pick pockets work easier than it has ever been.
Forget stealing the stupid phones. Their wallets are yours with no effort and no risk.
Posted by: Fat Man at January 6, 2013 11:05 AM
A few years ago, I was with the husband at a corporate event in Vegas. This guy was one of the entertainers, just walking around talking to small groups of people. He was absolutely amazing; somehow, he managed to get a woman's engagement ring off her finger and slip it on to a keyring that had been in a purse or a pocket, one of those spiral-type keyrings, all the while demonstrating something entirely different. It was as close to pure magic as I've ever seen.
Posted by: Julie at January 6, 2013 12:52 PM
Here's the money line in that piece
"Robbins has also been approached by the Department of Defense to consult on the military applications of pickpocketing, behavioral influence, and con games. The D.O.D. has just endowed a new research-and-training facility at Yale, which opens this month. Robbins is to be an adjunct professor there, and will give lectures and design training modules."
There really is no aspect of life that the murderous thugs are not involved in, is there?
Posted by: Bill Jones at January 6, 2013 5:38 PM