Apollo Robbins, The World’s Most Well-known Pickpocket — Pickpocketing the Secret Service, Manipulating Consideration, Well-known Con Artists, The Psychology of Deception,

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“Once we lose, we’re extra curious. And once we win, we’re much less interested by why we’re profitable.”

Apollo Robbins

Apollo Robbins (@ApolloRobbins) is sometimes called “The Gentleman Thief.” He first made nationwide information when he pick-pocketed the Secret Service whereas entertaining a former U.S. President. Forbes has known as Robbins “an suave manipulator of consciousness,” and Wired has written that “he may steal the pockets of a person who knew he was going to have his pocket picked.” 

Robbins’ leisure credentials embody the Warner Bros. movie Focus, with Will Smith and Margot Robbie, together with appearances in Brooklyn 99, and the TNT sequence Leverage. He was a producer and co-host for Nationwide Geographic’s Brain Games, which was nominated for an Emmy for Excellent Informational Sequence. Robbins applies his experience in magic and misdirection past leisure, pulling again the curtain to point out how the ideas behind these illusions can improve strategic considering and decision-making. 

His contributions to consideration and notion analysis have been revealed in Scientific American Thoughts and Nature Reviews Neuroscience. He has delivered lectures at Harvard Kennedy Faculty, MIT Sloan Faculty of Administration, and the Society of Neuroscience. He has been profiled by The New Yorker and featured in The New York Occasions, The Atlantic, Nationwide Geographic, and The Wall Avenue Journal. Robbins’ TED Discuss, “The Art of Misdirection,” is ranked within the 20 most-watched TED Talks of all time and has been hailed by the TED editors as a revelation within the flaws of human notion. 

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  • [07:51] Was Apollo a naturally dextrous wunderkind?
  • [10:26] The affect of Apollo’s blind minister father.
  • [14:10] Apollo’s slide towards agnosticism.
  • [17:24] Ben Stone enters the image.
  • [21:08] Taking in orphaned animals as a teenager.
  • [23:31] An early lesson on the worth of cash.
  • [25:20] Bear in a field.
  • [28:19] Seeing magic as a ticket to the bigger world.
  • [30:55] Shoplifting for enjoyable, revenue, and schooling.
  • [32:19] Equivoque magic and Jazz-based mentalism.
  • [38:09] A magic e-book membership and a year-round Santa.
  • [44:10] Apollo’s first fateful journey to Vegas.
  • [52:14] A false accusation results in an actual job and a vampire code.
  • [55:27] Jimmy Carter and the Secret Service.
  • [1:03:44] The professionals and cons of turning into legendary.
  • [1:05:39] Tutorial accolades.
  • [1:08:01] A sauce much less secret isn’t essentially much less wealthy.
  • [1:09:28] Recovering when the reps get tough.
  • [1:11:12] Sheet music versus jazz.
  • [1:14:10] The introduction to — and enduring affect of — Apollo’s spouse, Ava Do.
  • [1:22:27] Notion science perceived however not but entered into the lexicon.
  • [1:26:16] The importance of Apollo’s silver ring.
  • [1:27:01] Assembly (and stealing from) Penn Jillette.
  • [1:29:10] Demonstrating the boldness of a con man.
  • [1:33:03] Hallmarks that differentiate Apollo’s fashion.
  • [1:40:14] Who has the benefit with arguments within the Robbins family?
  • [1:41:18] 40 Elephants within the trendy world.
  • [1:42:52] Instructing children in regards to the cons — and execs — of deception.
  • [1:45:50] Paltering and puffery.
  • [1:49:14] Perceptual shaping and alter elevating.
  • [1:51:14] Slick re-thievery.
  • [1:54:01] Influential studying.
  • [1:56:38] Whiz Mob.
  • [1:59:22] How is a staff of pickpockets organized?
  • [2:04:54] The pandemic of the Dunning-Kruger impact.
  • [2:08:37] Greatest practices to keep away from turning into a goal for theft.
  • [2:11:14] The Phantasm of Information Undertaking.
  • [2:15:28] The Unsinkable Titanic Thompson and different noteworthy charlatans.
  • [2:19:06] Rod the Hop, Kevin Mitnick, and Whizmob Inc.
  • [2:23:11] How one phrase could make a distinction to an impressionable little one.
  • [2:26:38] Parting ideas.


“When you’ll be able to’t stroll the identical as everybody else, you find yourself watching everybody else. You turn into a individuals watcher, and there’s plenty of commonality between animals and folks. You begin to do plenty of what I name perspective shifting, of leaping into their head to suppose, ‘Why would they make that call?’”
— Apollo Robbins

“‘Boring’ signifies that your creativeness is damaged. So that you’ve obtained to discover a method to do it, you’ve obtained to seek out one thing to do, and also you’ve obtained to make use of your creativeness higher.”
— Apollo Robbins

“I discovered that lore can take you so quick to this point, but additionally it may well encapsulate what individuals suppose you’re versus what you’re. And it may be exhausting to underpromise and overdeliver when individuals have this expectation of what you are able to do.”
— Apollo Robbins

“Once we lose, we’re extra curious. And once we win, we’re much less interested by why we’re profitable.”
— Apollo Robbins

“Deception is a social lubricant. It occurs on a regular basis round us, from the second we placed on make-up to one thing else. So, whether or not it’s a defeat for most cancers by utilizing decoy cells, there’s all this stuff which have a purpose. Nevertheless it’s about your intent, and that’s the massive factor.”
— Apollo Robbins


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