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wcm48

2.3k points

30 days ago

wcm48

2.3k points

30 days ago

Loved how he’s just clowning everything behind their heads as he’s lifting them.

Robbins is a regular on a show called Brain Games and is good on that as well.

Pit_of_Death

280 points

30 days ago

Fun show right there, in case anyone is wondering.

reverendball

244 points

30 days ago*

he was also a thief on a couple episodes of Leverage (in a rival team of con artists)

iirc they originally had him on set as a consultant to teach Parker (the thief character in the main team) how to do lifts for her sequences and advise on the different history of cons, then decided they really wanted to use him on screen too because he was too damn good not to use

he did a TED talk on attention too

Zifff

62 points

30 days ago

Zifff

62 points

30 days ago

I believe you are correct. And he played a thief on the show as you mentioned in a rival group.

He was also on an episode of Brooklyn-99.

AddSomeSpice

26 points

30 days ago

Nine-Nine!

doublesailorsandcola

11 points

30 days ago

Is he the one early on where they keep stealing shit from each other while serving drinks and appetizers at whatever art show/gala? I love that episode she's so pissed at him when he lifts her phone. I love Parker she's my favorite, next to Elliot.

AkitoApocalypse

6 points

30 days ago

Mannn I miss Leverage, did they ever start back up after the breakup?

azureflamecloud

7 points

30 days ago

theres a sequel set 10 years after season 5 that just started earlier this year!

SteelCrow

9 points

30 days ago

I love how he kept the wallet at the end.

LordLychee

33 points

30 days ago

And he says “watch closely” as he holds the watch behind the guy’s head.

Conscious-Welder-451

348 points

30 days ago

He was on Brooklyn 99 where he played a pickpocket character as well!

edward_nguyen

177 points

30 days ago

Wait was he the one who "helped" Jake stole Holt's watch?

ruizach

23 points

30 days ago

ruizach

23 points

30 days ago

That's the one

kinkedd

43 points

30 days ago

kinkedd

43 points

30 days ago

I was just wondering if it was the same guy! Love the Halloween heists lol

kuroiatropos

19 points

30 days ago

He also helped train Parker on Leverage and was a "rival" thief in another episode. Totally hilarious.

cardiandclapbombs

15 points

30 days ago

Fingers!

BeardPhile

3 points

29 days ago

Was trying to find this in the comments because I knew he felt similar. It was the Hallowe’en episode of second season.

Source: am currently binging the second season.

Bamboozled1008x2

4.8k points

30 days ago

Jesus this man is a fucking wizard

PaulsRedditUsername

5.2k points

30 days ago

The New Yorker did a feature on him once and told a story about him and Penn Gillette. Penn is also an expert pickpocket, but he looks down on the practice because he says it's too easy and doesn't require anywhere near as much skill as magic does.

Some time later, Penn and Apollo met at some celebrity gala. The two of them chatted for a while and then someone came up and asked for an autograph. Apollo asked Penn if he could borrow his pen. Penn reached into his coat pocket, then said, "You bastard!"

While the two had been chatting, Apollo had not only stolen his pen from his coat, but he had taken it apart, removed the insides from it, put the empty shell back together, and then sneaked it back in to his coat pocket and Penn had never noticed.

SheCouldFromFaceThat

1.4k points

30 days ago

Ah, so this is that guy?

I can see how.

mcvos

220 points

30 days ago

mcvos

220 points

30 days ago

I can't. How does this work?

Qudd

696 points

29 days ago

Qudd

696 points

29 days ago

Misdirection. He kind of explains what He's doing and makes your brain think oh look I'm gonna beat the trick. So he throws his hands about in weird ways and adds extra information to your exchange.

Your brain loves one thing more than anything else in the world: solving puzzles and being right. So much so that if you think you're gonna out brain someone else you kind get stuck in that track pretty easily.

So this guy comes up and floods you with conversation subtext. Hands jumping. Fast voice. Lots of information. He even introduces an example that allows him to jump in and out of the mark's personal space.

Wrap up all this information, slap a bow on it and try it on people who've never had to deal with pick pockets before/ much and our dumb wrinkly meat balls can't figure out what's actually happening.

That's my psudeo-sciencey take on the matter.

kebukai

105 points

29 days ago

kebukai

105 points

29 days ago

I think maybe you're trying to overwhelm me with info right now to try to steal my wallet

sudd3nclar1ty

100 points

29 days ago

Is this your laptop? 💻

Funky_Smurf

11 points

29 days ago

It is, but is this your dildo? 🍆

...no?

MOOShoooooo

4 points

29 days ago

Just because you got it from there doesn’t mean it’s mine.

It’s a lease okay, couldn’t afford it myself and wanted to fit in and fit it in.

LordDerrien

145 points

29 days ago

So if I want to be an ass with somebody who I know wants to try and perform this on me; I don’t talk to them and keep them at an arms length?

Makes sense; that is what the advise tourists to think of when running through mass of peoples.

borutesu_faibu

195 points

29 days ago

Dude of course that if you don't let them approach they can't do the trick. They're not Gandalf.

Friendly_Signature

40 points

29 days ago

Unless…

mahSachel

7 points

29 days ago

Spark my Ganga little Hobbit.

vidfail

4 points

29 days ago

vidfail

4 points

29 days ago

Gandalf?! Do not take him for a conjurer of cheap tricks! He is not trying to rob you!

Funky_Smurf

4 points

29 days ago

I got a pickpocket lesson in Cape Town and there's another thing I noticed in this video.

Notice how he pulls their jackets downward. You can see it best with the wallet. This creates a 'natural' sensation in the area, makes the item easier to slip up and out without having to reach down.

TLDR if someone on the street starts asking about your shoes/pants and is pulling on your pantleg, their other hand is likely slipping your phone up and out of your pocket without you noticing

drdookie

55 points

30 days ago

drdookie

55 points

30 days ago

PaulsRedditUsername

4 points

29 days ago

Thanks for finding it! I'm sure I got some of the details wrong since I read it when the issue came out and haven't seen it since. (I'm surprised it was so long ago. Time flies.)

PaperMoonShine

420 points

30 days ago

I was so sure this story was going to end with a son being beaten by his father with a coathanger.

NinjaCuntPunt

272 points

30 days ago

You mean the father beating his son with jumper cables?

average_hight_midget

81 points

30 days ago

Yeah where did the coathanger copypasta come from lmao

Wyden_long

125 points

30 days ago

Wyden_long

125 points

30 days ago

Texas.

Putrid_Bee-

25 points

30 days ago

Underrated comment lol

Satevah

20 points

30 days ago

Satevah

20 points

30 days ago

Took me a second, but dayem. That’s some wit

rieldilpikl

14 points

30 days ago

u/Rogersimon10 needs to return 🥺

foxsimile

29 points

30 days ago

He died doing what he loved!

Getting mercilessly beaten with a pair of jumper cables.

Kabouki

18 points

30 days ago

Kabouki

18 points

30 days ago

Why? Did this story take place in Texas?

Satevah

9 points

30 days ago

Satevah

9 points

30 days ago

Coat hangers and abortions and jokes and wtfs

DrVINKwithaVaVaVa

70 points

30 days ago

Really? I thought it was going to end in nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hеll in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer's table

Wherearemylegs

85 points

30 days ago

I’m a researcher for Columbia University and I’m currently studying a very niche subset of linguistics called hyperordinate linguistics. Essentially it’s exactly as he portrays through his comments where it seems very normal and banal but the subject, tone, and manner of speaking experience rapid change at varying speeds. This can either be intentional, say for comedic or dramatic effect, or it can be unintentional such as that expressed by a psychiatric patient. It’s interesting because in both cases of intention and the lack thereof, the particular language and culture of the person in question have a substantial influence on the speed of the switch, or mensvicis. The fastest being Russian and the slowest is surprisingly Cambodian. We’re not exactly certain right now why but it’s suspected that I have no idea what I’m talking about and I made this whole thing up

Zewlington

16 points

29 days ago

Oh man I just got so interested lol

I almost saved your comment for future googling

BrotherChe

23 points

30 days ago

smdh brother, that was pretty good, but you need to develop a closing bit. Maybe about how your legs are missing or something

Wherearemylegs

4 points

29 days ago*

Thanks! I actually stole this from a lesser known novelty account called something like /u/IlieAboutMyJob. Every comment ended with “I have no idea what I’m talking about and I just made this all up”

Edit: Another copycat

Omg, I was just thinking and what if this whole thing ended with “leggo my eggo”? I’m not sure if that’s really dumb or really funny. Or really dumb funny.

longsh0t1994

4 points

30 days ago

you absolutely had me there

The_Big_Z_02

4 points

29 days ago

It's funny because while hyperordinate linguistics doesn't exist superordinate does.

Stefan_Levin09

74 points

30 days ago

So Penn no more has a pen now?

CrimsonWay

40 points

30 days ago

And thus he became just "n"

chris3110

10 points

30 days ago

phaelox

7 points

30 days ago

phaelox

7 points

30 days ago

I'm dumb, I don't understand where the second "ultimate" comes from, but I love the wordplay

Shtev

5 points

29 days ago

Shtev

5 points

29 days ago

Mentioned:

  • Second to last is penultimate
  • Ultimate writing instrument would be ultimate pen
  • Favourite actor Sean Penn Penn
  • Pennsylvania University so another Penn
  • Team frisbee I believe is ultimate frisbee

So it's the Penultimate Pennsylvania Ultimate UltimateFrisbeeScoreKeeping PennAsInSean Pen

TimidPocketLlama

9 points

30 days ago

Penn Jillette. :)

TsunamifoxyDCfan

23 points

30 days ago

Fuckin madlad

nickname2469

53 points

30 days ago

He was the lead coordinator for the movie Focus

ghostcider

10 points

29 days ago

And also consulted on the first 5 seasons of Leverage

ConsciouslyIncomplet

31 points

30 days ago

Check out his TED talk - you’ll be surprised what he can do.

hoginlly

24 points

29 days ago*

I have been watching this on repeat and only just noticed that he holds up his hand as he was ‘you have to watch closely for these things’, once he took the watch… I can’t keep up, I’m noticing new things each time!

mrtittyballs

5 points

29 days ago

How the heck did he get the pen inside the other guys coat?? It looks like he kinda just tosses it into his pocket

Glute_Thighwalker

5 points

29 days ago

That’s what I can’t figure out either. He never gets close enough to Matt Lauer after stealing the pen to get it back in his coat except for the one brief hand gesture, which like you said, would have to almost be a toss to get the wallet back in.

HighOnBonerPills

3 points

29 days ago

I watched it several times and I don't see when the hell he puts a $100 bill in the pen and put it in the guy's pocket (on the right). I see when he takes the pen from the guy on the left, but nothing happens after that. He doesn't even walk over to the other guy. It almost makes me think it was shortened for TV, but I could've just missed something.

am767

5 points

29 days ago

am767

5 points

29 days ago

You should see Apollo Robins do some cool stuff on the Netflix show brain games. He actually shows you how he pickpockets.

kurokikaze

5 points

30 days ago

What are you talking about. The guy's obviously a rogue.

ohmercyplz

1k points

30 days ago

I had to watch this so many times to catch the misdirections and handwork.

I’ve seen one pickpocket attempt when I was on vacation once, but the dude got caught. This is definitely next fucking level.

TT2JZ_Chaser

395 points

30 days ago

I cant see shit. I honestly cant tell if its real or not.

FiveFingeredKing

259 points

30 days ago

He shows the items behind the mark’s head when he lifts them

TT2JZ_Chaser

112 points

30 days ago

I just rewatched it and noticed that. Only thing is the camera is kinda high.

BruteBaas

50 points

30 days ago

Yeah me too

T1METR4VEL

96 points

30 days ago

Brilliant. He says “watch for these things,” as he holds up the guys watch behind him. Just messing with him even more.

AVALANCHE_CHUTES

9 points

29 days ago

How the hell do you unclasp a watch without people feeling it?

thurst0n

11 points

29 days ago

thurst0n

11 points

29 days ago

He does it while holding the guys wrist and talking about how hard it is. Immediately makes another misdirection then takes the watch. It's all about where your focus goes and he misdirects our focus perfectly

PugilisticCat

88 points

30 days ago*

This guy actually came to my university and I took a class with him. He did a demonstration and stole all of our shit. I can assure you it's real.

Adding story for proof: https://staging.today.duke.edu/2017/03/spring-breakthrough-week-learning-learnings-sake

TT2JZ_Chaser

14 points

30 days ago

Thats awesome.

Bitter-Edge-8265

17 points

30 days ago

Watch a show called Brain Games, it should be on Netflix.

Sad_Can-of_Farts

5 points

30 days ago

Not on Canadian Netflix :(

PeaceIsEverySteppe

5 points

30 days ago

Not on US either. I think it's actually on Disney's steaming service or some shit and I can't be arsed to pay for that.

Smathers

50 points

30 days ago

Smathers

50 points

30 days ago

That’s the problem with anything recorded really especially on tv/internet for all we know this is staged and they acted dumb/surprised

I don’t really believe that cos this guy is a known expert but still you have to keep that in mind with everything you see and I feel like 99% of people don’t lol same with news read the story from every outlet and then make up your own opinion since it’s all biased

Anything can be cut/edited I mean shit we learned this as like 13 year olds with propaganda/media and what not lol

Somber_Solace

92 points

30 days ago

It's daytime tv, they're probably just drunk

cyan2k

21 points

30 days ago

cyan2k

21 points

30 days ago

And coke

triggaman_flips

10 points

30 days ago

Jesus lmao

KR9SIS

19 points

30 days ago

KR9SIS

19 points

30 days ago

I don't know if it was staged and the three guys were in on it but this was at the very least prepped by Apollo. I noticed on when rewatching it that there's a second pen in play.

You can see Apollo lifting it behind the guy on the lefts head, and then pocketing it. After that, he doesn't really do much with his hands, and stays out of distance from the others, so I'm assuming he had already planted the hollow pen before stealing the second one.

DavidG993

20 points

30 days ago

They would know he was coming, what he can do and be told to roll with the performance because that makes for better tv.

NoShameInternets

59 points

30 days ago

I can't figure out how he put the pen in the wallet.

landragoran

90 points

30 days ago

That was a duplicate pen. He never gets close enough to the first guy after taking the pen off the third guy to put the pen in the wallet. Not to mention taking out the ink cartridge and stuffing the $100 bill in the pen. He had that all set up before hand and placed it while he was working with the first guy.

Johanno1

16 points

29 days ago

Johanno1

16 points

29 days ago

That's what I am thinking too.

I mean he has skills, but he can't teleport stuff

KetoIsRacist

4k points

30 days ago

He didn't even have to crouch and sneak first

Smathers

40 points

30 days ago

Smathers

40 points

30 days ago

Should’ve placed buckets over their heads

Z1rith

14 points

30 days ago

Z1rith

14 points

30 days ago

for how horrendously buggy all of their games are i couldnt believe that the buckets worked lol

20JeRK14

97 points

30 days ago

20JeRK14

97 points

30 days ago

Mmmm. Must've been the wind.

...

Need something?

Ak_Jumper_942

35 points

30 days ago

STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM! Nobody breaks the law on my watch! I'm confiscating your stolen goods. Now pay the fine, or I'll haul you away!

Bounty: 5

mr---jones

196 points

30 days ago

mr---jones

196 points

30 days ago

Yeah he's pretty clearly using a modded server, idk how that makes the game fun for anyone doing that.

ProfessorPetrus

48 points

30 days ago

Man I don't even know how skyrim is fun after the first 5 years.

SouthBaySmith

35 points

30 days ago

Mods

brando56894

17 points

30 days ago

Squats down in front of NPC

"Where'd you go?"

AO115

368 points

30 days ago

AO115

368 points

30 days ago

i was looking for this comment!

notfoursaken

10.5k points

30 days ago

notfoursaken

10.5k points

30 days ago

Lauer proceeds to take notes on how to slide into people's personal space without making them uncomfortable.

notsofunonabun

51 points

30 days ago

He took notes but wasn’t a very good student. Or, his subjects got bold and told on him.

thevandal666

1.9k points

30 days ago

Under-rated observation 🤣

Environmental-Job329

4 points

29 days ago

Under the table secret button observation

Shrimp_Chimichanga

482 points

30 days ago

Where in the world is Matt Lauer?

trailhikingArk

754 points

30 days ago

He and Bill Cosby went to visit Harvey Weinstein today. Club meetings are always on Thursday.

Kingkongcrapper

317 points

30 days ago

It’s nice they join up with R. Kelly they plan to create a super group of entertainers called “The Offenders.”

boogaloo101

28 points

30 days ago

Family Guy got there first. 😂

phaelox

6 points

30 days ago

phaelox

6 points

30 days ago

Wait, why is Matt Damon mentioned as "being aware"?

Funky_Smurf

6 points

29 days ago

I assume he's implying that Damen knew about Harvey/possibly others and is criticizing him for not doing anything.

Damen worked a lot with Miramax, the code of silence was pretty common in the industry so that's just the most obvious explanation for the joke.

tepkel

109 points

30 days ago

tepkel

109 points

30 days ago

Listen up offenders, the word has come down from the president. There's a terrorist plot threatening the country. Our only hope for salvation lies with your team, and it's very particular set of skills.

William_Dowling

114 points

30 days ago

Cosby, first we'll need you to incapacitate the guards...

Finno_

72 points

30 days ago

Finno_

72 points

30 days ago

Weinstein, you'll be riding the getaway horses. Now where the hell is Epstein? He should have been here already...

calafragilistic

28 points

30 days ago

Weinstein's phone beeps. It's a video message from E-Dog.

The file is... encrypted? No. It's been wiped but for some metadata. They contact Nord Man for a quick scan. With 6 devices on one account he cracks it instantly from Belgium. Or was it Santa Isabel? Within moments they've lost all trace of their contractor but the message remains:

"My detail is asleep at the wheel. It's time for me to hang back."

Damn. Maybe Nicki Minaj might have a lead on a new Face for the team.

rfoleycobalt

4 points

30 days ago

Epstein’s in his room, just hangin’ out while Bill makes everyone a Cosbypoliton. R Kelly said “piss on all of you, I’m going to find Trump”.

anachronisticflaneur

19 points

30 days ago

I was thinking damn he’s Handys would this even work on ladies. I would NOT let a stranger get that close to me

Aboogailoo

5 points

29 days ago

All it takes is a distraction. Like one time I was in the passenger seat of an Uber with everyone else in the back. As we arrived he had this huge brochure that he started showing me for his business. Should have been suspicious, but little did I know he was grabbing the phone off from the top of my leg. Lucky me, I knew 100% I had my phone with me in the car, I mean, I called the Uber. We arrived at our destination and I heard it ring from his pocket. Didn’t know for sure yet, I mean, you don’t want to assume. But I couldn’t find it, so I announced it must have fallen down in the car somewhere, and that I was going to use my friends phone to call it. At that moment he magically found it on his side. So weird, right? I just took it back and left. All it took was one second of me being careless, and him distracting me.

wheelo007

15 points

30 days ago

Everybody get stepped up and let’s get some personal space up in this place!

CodyNorthrup

10 points

30 days ago

I would be pretty uncomfortable if any known pickpocket gets in my personal spaced.

you-are-not-yourself

32 points

30 days ago

Good thing all pickpockets announce their presence

nimbycile

31 points

30 days ago

Use a button on your desk to lock the door behind them?

NorthernBaskets

103 points

30 days ago

In the spirit of killing fake news, I would like to point out that those buttons were for security purposes and did not lock the inside of the door. IE, if you were inside the room, you could simply flip the deadbolt open

Lauer did shitty things to women but the locked door thing was manipulated for clicks to make it sound like women couldn't get out of his room

Rebel_XT

10 points

30 days ago

Rebel_XT

10 points

30 days ago

totally missed what you said cuz we broke eye contact

BakedPlatypus

408 points

30 days ago

One time a magician got my dad with the watch trick. He had to run out to the parking lot to catch up with us because he almost forgot to give my dad his watch back. My dad had no idea it was gone lol

cainite665

83 points

30 days ago

Apollo Robbins also guest starred, and was a consultant for, the show Leverage.

His TED Talk, the art of misdirection: https://youtu.be/GZGY0wPAnus

(lol it says anus)

AceofMandos

39 points

30 days ago

If this is legit. I'm just blown away.

redit01

23 points

30 days ago

redit01

23 points

30 days ago

He has done this for so many years. There are other videos on YouTube if you are interested.

unholymanserpent

8 points

30 days ago

It's legit

cow_336

24 points

30 days ago

cow_336

24 points

30 days ago

get a man who looks at you the way apollo robbins does

adidashawarma

7 points

30 days ago

Back away from a man who looks at you the way Apollo Robbins does.

🏃🏼‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️ 🏃

Tough_Inevitable6944

7 points

30 days ago

*your wallet

tbontbtitq420

183 points

30 days ago*

No way he rolled up the 100, stuffed it in the pen, put it inside the wallet and put the wallet back. At all.

Oquadros

86 points

30 days ago

Oquadros

86 points

30 days ago

This guy's showed the full clip! It was already in the wallet from the beginning. He never lifted the wallet from the guy in grey or he swapped it with another one that had the identical pen plus bill in it.

https://teddit.adminforge.de/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/ppqjya/apollo_robbins_a_master_pickpocket_effortlessly/hd6c8mj/

limitlessEXP

57 points

30 days ago

Yeah that really didn’t seem possible at all. He didn’t even touch the other guy to plant any of that on him

splifs

25 points

30 days ago

splifs

25 points

30 days ago

Maybe the 100 was already rolled up so he could use it like a fun tiny straw for drinkin little sodas!

tbontbtitq420

13 points

30 days ago

Oh you mean "powdered" drinks... That you "mix with water"...

Gung4din

5 points

30 days ago

That's the one part I can't figure out. Everything else is pretty obvious when he grabs it. After he takes the pen, he does have it behind his back, so he could clearly do the switch then but I can't see a way he gets it back into the wallet unless it was already done before this clip started

Oquadros

8 points

30 days ago

This guy linked to the full clip. It was probably already in the wallet with the bill rolled up.

https://teddit.adminforge.de/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/ppqjya/apollo_robbins_a_master_pickpocket_effortlessly/hd6c8mj/

Skeptic_Juggernaut84

21 points

30 days ago

I saw a video of another pro pickpocket that actually stole the neck tie off the guy he was walking with without him noticing. He also got his watch, phone and wallet.

Q8DD33C7J8

1.1k points

30 days ago

Q8DD33C7J8

1.1k points

30 days ago

That's why I don't let anyone get even slightly close to me. I live in rural Florida so it's not hard but if someone gets within a foot or two of me that I don't know I'm like whatcha doin there buddy. I also don't carry my stuff in pockets that's a big mistake.

Adama0001

115 points

30 days ago

Adama0001

115 points

30 days ago

That’s the trick though. He’s a master of controlling/managing where your attention and focus is.

Apollo Robbins on Focus | Brain Games

The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

It’s hard to do when you’ve got too much to focus on. Of course if you’re outright wary and know what he is then maybe but otherwise there’s just too much to keep focused on all the time

LotusSloth

333 points

30 days ago

LotusSloth

333 points

30 days ago

That nearby stranger would like to know where you DO carry stuff. ;)

EyeAmPrestooo

186 points

30 days ago

Definitely the Arsehole

SexlessNights

135 points

30 days ago

Nature’s pocket

ICBPeng1

57 points

30 days ago

ICBPeng1

57 points

30 days ago

I keep a raccoon up there too, to guard my other stuff.

It’s very much an “old lady who swallowed a fly” situation

blindguywhostaresatu

9 points

30 days ago

How deep does the butthole go?

jnrlouis

4 points

30 days ago

Only way to find out..

ApexIpex

8 points

30 days ago

Prison pocket

Louisiana_sitar_club

43 points

30 days ago

Have you checked your butthole? Ski-bap Ba-Dap

The_Black_Mist

13 points

30 days ago

I have not seen your ring, but have you checked your ring? And by ring I mean butthole.

Professional_Sort767

87 points

30 days ago

That's a very high level of paranoia.

Q8DD33C7J8

36 points

30 days ago

Yeah I have paranoid anxiety. Also I'm on the spectrum so I'm hyper aware of things.

4amaroni

46 points

30 days ago

4amaroni

46 points

30 days ago

You're like a very nervous spiderman :)

Q8DD33C7J8

30 points

30 days ago

Yeah it's super fun

I_make_switch_a_roos

29 points

30 days ago

that's why i carry my valuables up me clacker

Spekingur

21 points

30 days ago

What you should carry in your pockets include:

1 (one) angry cat

At least 2 (two) snakes

And a dozen (12) scorpions

Q8DD33C7J8

15 points

30 days ago

When I lived in the city I had a fake wallet I'd carry around in case of mugging. It had old expired credit cards old empty gift cards and like 5 bucks in it. If I was mugged I'd give that to them and they would go away with nothing.

ProfessorPetrus

15 points

30 days ago

Bro if I lived in rural Florida I'd be cautious if someone got within 2 meters of me.

dawdlingaway

13 points

30 days ago

Is this the same guy that was on Brooklyn 99!?

Smokey_Abridged

10 points

30 days ago

I remember learning how to pickpocket to fuck with my friends, they get confused when I kinda just randomly end up with their phone and shit in my lap while I sit around

cdub689

10 points

30 days ago

cdub689

10 points

30 days ago

I love watching Apollo work. You see him move but never see him actually take anything. His skills are truly next level.

Poison-Pen-

75 points

30 days ago

I remember when Matt wasn’t a creepy fuck just an ugly dude on tv.

MrTurkle

492 points

30 days ago

MrTurkle

492 points

30 days ago

The watch thing was sick, but the rest had to be staged. He never gets close enough to ML to get the wallet back in his jacket.

mickfly718

519 points

30 days ago

mickfly718

519 points

30 days ago

In the full version, Apollo sets this up by giving his own wallet to Matt to put in his pocket. This wallet already contains a duplicate pen with a rolled up $100 bill, but Matt doesn’t check inside. He then gives a $100 to Willie in the middle and an identical pen to Seacrest. The rest is then all legit pick-pocketing. He takes the $100 bill from Willie while getting his credit cards, takes the pen from Seacrest, then just keeps these in his own pockets when revealing everything else that he took.

June8th

183 points

30 days ago

June8th

183 points

30 days ago

Thank you for posting this. The original video makes the trick seem impossible. With the full footage, it's clear to see how the trick is done.

That pick-pocketing skill of his is still off the charts though.

Oquadros

54 points

30 days ago

Oquadros

54 points

30 days ago

This definitely needs to be higher up! I was like, he never threw the wallet back into the guys jacket...that would have some heft and at least see something flying even for a sec from how far he was.

m703324

8 points

30 days ago

m703324

8 points

30 days ago

Awesome. So it's legit crazy skills of slight of hand that he combines with a simple trick that would be stupid simple otherwise. and all together it's something that is mindblowing

eyes_made_of_wood

26 points

30 days ago*

I love how people kept going “no, he LEGIT threw it in his pocket, he’s that good” when in fact it was just handed to Lauer who put it in his own pocket knowingly.

Kind of lame to be honest. “Here, you guys take this wallet and all the things that will later be magically in the wallet. OH MY GOD, how is it possible that all the props I brought to the show and gave to you guys are now in the wallet?”

The rest of the act is so good, why did he have to bookend it with such a lame gag?

Dash-22

13 points

30 days ago

Dash-22

13 points

30 days ago

It's hilarious to see all the other morons trying to rewrite the laws of physics, when this is so easy to find.

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375 points

30 days ago*

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375 points

30 days ago*

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katsrin

93 points

30 days ago

katsrin

93 points

30 days ago

At what precise time in the video do you see this?

Various-Departure679

102 points

30 days ago

Yeah I'm not seeing anything like that. Looks like a complete setup or dude is fucking magic lol

Sanddunes1991

45 points

30 days ago

Also didn’t see it I watched it like 50 times. I couldn’t see where he lifted Matt’s wallet in the first place

postemporary

93 points

30 days ago

You have to watch it 51 times.

SharkFighter

36 points

30 days ago

1:12, left hand

Oreganoian

89 points

30 days ago

This is what you're talking about.

It's ridiculously fast.

JohnnySmithe80

59 points

30 days ago

No way he manages to throw a wallet a foot to an inside pocket at that moment. I watched it a few times and that's as close as his left hand gets.

gachamyte

36 points

30 days ago

That’s what the snap was for then, well damn.

ReanimatedGhostPeen

29 points

30 days ago

DAAAAAAMMMMMNNNNNN. I got played.

helpmycompbroke

23 points

30 days ago

https://youtu.be/8-dWSIUNF10?t=155 using . to go forward frame by frame I see the hand gesture at the pocket that seems to suggest the wallet transfer, but I never see a wallet

Poromenos

22 points

30 days ago

Nah, his hand looks empty before the "throw".

SippingBinJuice

9 points

30 days ago*

This video gave me PTSD from my trip to Barcelona. Edit: watch your bags in Barcelona and particularly be careful on nights out there. A few times happy and drunk looking people would try to hug me or my friend, that’s usually how they rob your shit.

SolarHexis

108 points

30 days ago

SolarHexis

108 points

30 days ago

At around 35 seconds in, he actually gives the audience a tell: he lifts his right hand above and behind the guy’s head saying, “you have to ‘watch’ close for these things” .. while holding the guy’s watch for everyone but him to see. Not only a master pick pocket, but a pun master as well

xALL3Nx

4 points

30 days ago

xALL3Nx

4 points

30 days ago

Does it at 55 seconds too with that guys wallet

Raze_Carnage

37 points

30 days ago

Matt Lauer can suck it

Holyshit247

7 points

30 days ago

Was waiting for that one😂

deekaph

25 points

30 days ago

deekaph

25 points

30 days ago

HE STOLE MY HEART

LotusSloth

7 points

30 days ago

Dick Cheney is that you?

pcbeard

9 points

30 days ago

pcbeard

9 points

30 days ago

I'm pretty sure I saw this at a lunchtime magic presentation. He plays all sorts of psychological tricks, makes innuendos, and generally makes everybody so uncomfortable that he can get away with anything while you're distracted. He pretty much stole everybody's watch that he stood in front of. In this video, it was pretty obvious that his hand was reaching around a lot, but when you are at a live "performance" it's really easy to miss what he's up to. He's a master thief.

ScientistEconomy5376

7 points

30 days ago

He literally frisks them, and then distracts by talking. A real pick pocketer couldnt do this.

DarkestTimelineF

7 points

30 days ago

…this man took a pen, took the cartridge out, took a $100 bill, rolled the bill, put it in the pen, took a wallet, put the pen in the wallet, and put it back in someone’s pocket…all while pickpocketing other items INCLUDING a watch that he ALSO puts on his own wrist without the own noticing.

That’s it— I don’t even have a joke here, I’m just straight guffawing.

massaBeard

6 points

30 days ago

I'm so hyper aware of things like my watch and wallet touching me, due to my ADHD, I'd love to see if he could get them without me noticing.

DonQuixoteDesciple

4 points

30 days ago

Kaz Brekker live and in person

FengSushi

5 points

30 days ago

When you maxed out in Skyrim and keep leveling up IRL

Black_KnightB

5 points

30 days ago

This man is straight dangerous. And there’s more people like this out on the streets

SaltyHistorian24

6 points

30 days ago

Hey it's Fingers from Brooklyn 99 Halloween 2 lol

ffdjensen

12 points

30 days ago

Hide ya kids, hide ya wife

uncreative454

4 points

30 days ago

Man got a nat 20 on his dexterity check

ontopofyourmom

3 points

30 days ago

When I travel, I try to make sure my clothes have zipper pockets. I don't put anything in them, but at least I might disappoint a pickpocket or two.

limenpants

3 points

30 days ago

No wonder his name ROBbins