DAY 173: I have a confession to make about pickpocketing

For today’s instalment of my 365 Days of TED challenge I watched a TED talk by Apollo Robbins on the art of misdirection demonstrated by pickpocketing a member of the audience! I first heard of Apollo Robbins when I was watching the National Geographic show Brain Games which he is a part of as co-producer and appears on as a deception specialist. Can you imagine introducing yourself to people, “Hi I’m a deception specialist” How awkward would that be!


I have a confession to make. I am fascinated by pickpocketing. Okay so firstly let me clear one thing up. I am not fascinated by the crime aspect of pick-pocketing, not at all, I think that aspect of it is really low and I have no respect for anyway who thinks that it’s okay to take another person’s belonging just because they decide they want to.

What does fascinate me though is that a pickpocketer can remove another person’s watch without them even realising. I mean how is that even possible? I know that pickpocketers usually strike in crowded places and I guess their devious actions can get blend into the hustle and bustle of crowds but a watch is strapped onto a person’s wrist!

This was probably one of my favourite TED talks to watch. Take a few moments to watch Apollo in action and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Vanessa Rose