Steals Attention, then Wallet
If you could control someone’s attention what would you do with it?
Apollo Robbins is an expert at stealing people’s attention. Followed swiftly by stealing their wallet.
Or pretty much anything else people carry in their clothes.
Apollo Robbins is a master pickpocket, probably the best in the world.
He’s renowned for having stolen the wallets of President Jimmy Carter’s secret service agents while they were on duty.
Below’s the key snippet from the story that appeared in the New Yorker.
“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.”
So how does he do this kind of thing?
As Robbins explains in the TED talk he gave (see below), he’s mastered the art of stealing people’s attention.
That’s the first thing pickpockets (and hackers) have to do if they want to steal stuff from you.
Want to learn how they do this?
Watch the TED talk.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly and how easily your attention can be diverted.