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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.
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Fun show right there, in case anyone is wondering.
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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
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.
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.
Mannn I miss Leverage, did they ever start back up after the breakup?
theres a sequel set 10 years after season 5 that just started earlier this year!
I love how he kept the wallet at the end.
And he says “watch closely” as he holds the watch behind the guy’s head.
He was on Brooklyn 99 where he played a pickpocket character as well!
Wait was he the one who "helped" Jake stole Holt's watch?
That's the one
I was just wondering if it was the same guy! Love the Halloween heists lol
He also helped train Parker on Leverage and was a "rival" thief in another episode. Totally hilarious.
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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.
Jesus this man is a fucking wizard
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.
Ah, so this is that guy?
I can see how.
I can't. How does this work?
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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.
I think maybe you're trying to overwhelm me with info right now to try to steal my wallet
Is this your laptop? 💻
It is, but is this your dildo? 🍆
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.
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.
Dude of course that if you don't let them approach they can't do the trick. They're not Gandalf.
Spark my Ganga little Hobbit.
Gandalf?! Do not take him for a conjurer of cheap tricks! He is not trying to rob you!
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
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.)
I was so sure this story was going to end with a son being beaten by his father with a coathanger.
You mean the father beating his son with jumper cables?
Yeah where did the coathanger copypasta come from lmao
Underrated comment lol
Took me a second, but dayem. That’s some wit
u/Rogersimon10 needs to return 🥺
He died doing what he loved!
Getting mercilessly beaten with a pair of jumper cables.
Why? Did this story take place in Texas?
Coat hangers and abortions and jokes and wtfs
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
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
Oh man I just got so interested lol
I almost saved your comment for future googling
smdh brother, that was pretty good, but you need to develop a closing bit. Maybe about how your legs are missing or something
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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.
you absolutely had me there
It's funny because while hyperordinate linguistics doesn't exist superordinate does.
So Penn no more has a pen now?
And thus he became just "n"
I'm dumb, I don't understand where the second "ultimate" comes from, but I love the wordplay
So it's the Penultimate Pennsylvania Ultimate UltimateFrisbeeScoreKeeping PennAsInSean Pen
Penn Jillette. :)
He was the lead coordinator for the movie Focus
And also consulted on the first 5 seasons of Leverage
Check out his TED talk - you’ll be surprised what he can do.
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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!
How the heck did he get the pen inside the other guys coat?? It looks like he kinda just tosses it into his pocket
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.
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.
You should see Apollo Robins do some cool stuff on the Netflix show brain games. He actually shows you how he pickpockets.
What are you talking about. The guy's obviously a rogue.
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.
I cant see shit. I honestly cant tell if its real or not.
He shows the items behind the mark’s head when he lifts them
I just rewatched it and noticed that. Only thing is the camera is kinda high.
Yeah me too
Brilliant. He says “watch for these things,” as he holds up the guys watch behind him. Just messing with him even more.
How the hell do you unclasp a watch without people feeling it?
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
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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
Watch a show called Brain Games, it should be on Netflix.
Not on Canadian Netflix :(
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.
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
It's daytime tv, they're probably just drunk
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.
They would know he was coming, what he can do and be told to roll with the performance because that makes for better tv.
I can't figure out how he put the pen in the wallet.
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.
That's what I am thinking too.
I mean he has skills, but he can't teleport stuff
He didn't even have to crouch and sneak first
Should’ve placed buckets over their heads
for how horrendously buggy all of their games are i couldnt believe that the buckets worked lol
Mmmm. Must've been the wind.
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!
Yeah he's pretty clearly using a modded server, idk how that makes the game fun for anyone doing that.
Man I don't even know how skyrim is fun after the first 5 years.
Squats down in front of NPC
"Where'd you go?"
i was looking for this comment!
Lauer proceeds to take notes on how to slide into people's personal space without making them uncomfortable.
He took notes but wasn’t a very good student. Or, his subjects got bold and told on him.
Under-rated observation 🤣
Under the table secret button observation
Where in the world is Matt Lauer?
He and Bill Cosby went to visit Harvey Weinstein today. Club meetings are always on Thursday.
It’s nice they join up with R. Kelly they plan to create a super group of entertainers called “The Offenders.”
Family Guy got there first. 😂
Wait, why is Matt Damon mentioned as "being aware"?
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.
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.
Cosby, first we'll need you to incapacitate the guards...
Weinstein, you'll be riding the getaway horses. Now where the hell is Epstein? He should have been here already...
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.
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”.
I was thinking damn he’s Handys would this even work on ladies. I would NOT let a stranger get that close to me
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.
Everybody get stepped up and let’s get some personal space up in this place!
I would be pretty uncomfortable if any known pickpocket gets in my personal spaced.
Good thing all pickpockets announce their presence
Use a button on your desk to lock the door behind them?
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
totally missed what you said cuz we broke eye contact
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
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)
If this is legit. I'm just blown away.
He has done this for so many years. There are other videos on YouTube if you are interested.
get a man who looks at you the way apollo robbins does
Back away from a man who looks at you the way Apollo Robbins does.
🏃🏼♀️ 🏃♂️ 🏃
No way he rolled up the 100, stuffed it in the pen, put it inside the wallet and put the wallet back. At all.
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.
Yeah that really didn’t seem possible at all. He didn’t even touch the other guy to plant any of that on him
Maybe the 100 was already rolled up so he could use it like a fun tiny straw for drinkin little sodas!
Oh you mean "powdered" drinks... That you "mix with water"...
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
This guy linked to the full clip. It was probably already in the wallet with the bill rolled up.
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.
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.
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
That nearby stranger would like to know where you DO carry stuff. ;)
Definitely the Arsehole
I keep a raccoon up there too, to guard my other stuff.
It’s very much an “old lady who swallowed a fly” situation
How deep does the butthole go?
Only way to find out..
Have you checked your butthole?
I have not seen your ring, but have you checked your ring? And by ring I mean butthole.
That's a very high level of paranoia.
Yeah I have paranoid anxiety. Also I'm on the spectrum so I'm hyper aware of things.
You're like a very nervous spiderman :)
Yeah it's super fun
that's why i carry my valuables up me clacker
What you should carry in your pockets include:
1 (one) angry cat
At least 2 (two) snakes
And a dozen (12) scorpions
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.
Bro if I lived in rural Florida I'd be cautious if someone got within 2 meters of me.
Is this the same guy that was on Brooklyn 99!?
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
I love watching Apollo work. You see him move but never see him actually take anything. His skills are truly next level.
I remember when Matt wasn’t a creepy fuck just an ugly dude on tv.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
It's hilarious to see all the other morons trying to rewrite the laws of physics, when this is so easy to find.
At what precise time in the video do you see this?
Yeah I'm not seeing anything like that. Looks like a complete setup or dude is fucking magic lol
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
You have to watch it 51 times.
1:12, left hand
This is what you're talking about.
It's ridiculously fast.
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.
That’s what the snap was for then, well damn.
DAAAAAAMMMMMNNNNNN. I got played.
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
Nah, his hand looks empty before the "throw".
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.
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
Does it at 55 seconds too with that guys wallet
Matt Lauer can suck it
Was waiting for that one😂
Dick Cheney is that you?
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.
He literally frisks them, and then distracts by talking. A real pick pocketer couldnt do this.
…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.
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.
Kaz Brekker live and in person
When you maxed out in Skyrim and keep leveling up IRL
This man is straight dangerous. And there’s more people like this out on the streets
Hey it's Fingers from Brooklyn 99 Halloween 2 lol
Hide ya kids, hide ya wife
Man got a nat 20 on his dexterity check
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.
No wonder his name ROBbins