Expert pickpocket

I once had my pocket picked. It was on a bus in Sri Lanka and I never even noticed that I had lost something. But the thief made a mistake in that he mistook a case containing keys for a wallet. When he discovered his error, he threw the case away and left the bus. When I later discovered my loss I asked the conductor if he had seen my keys and he said that he had found them and gave them back to me. So I had a lucky escape.

But pickpockets are extremely skillful and some cities (Rome, Paris, Bangkok) are notorious for being infested with them and people are urged to attach their wallets to a chain that passes over their neck and tuck it inside their shorts or blouses.

In this clip, a pickpocket shows how he can get away with it even when the victims know he is going to pick their pockets and with the cameras pointed right at him.


  1. garnetstar says

    I once had a pair of pants meant for travel, that had a zippered pocket on the inside of one leg just above the ankle.

    They worked for me–didn’t get my wallet stolen–but I’ll bet this guy could do that too.

  2. rory says

    There was an interesting article in the New Yorker last month about Apollo Robbins:

    One amusing excerpt:
    “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.

  3. rory says

    Sorry–here’s the punchline to the above:

    “Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from Jillette’s pen.”

  4. jaytheostrich says

    The pen from the wallet was NOT the pen he stole back from Ryan Seacrest. He shows it to the camera, places it in his back pocket, and at NO TIME is he within reach of the man in the grey jacket to do anything with his wallet.
    I call shenanigans.

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