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A PICKPOCKET'S TALE - The spectacular thefts of Apollo Robbins.
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 04:07:32 -0600 (CST)
By Adam Green
The New Yorker
JANUARY 7, 2013
A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette,
of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man
named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost
supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few
notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court
at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration,
ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt
uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that,
since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t
have much to work with.
“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.
Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from
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- A PICKPOCKET'S TALE - The spectacular thefts of Apollo Robbins. InfoSec News (Jan 07)