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The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

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Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner's shoulder while they remain clueless. Get TED Talks recommended just for you! Learn more at https://www.ted.com/signup. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Iqbal Hafiz Tehseen (22 hours ago)
The great talk 👍
GraceIS GivenbyHim (1 day ago)
He great tricking the eyes but he had two poker chips at 5:50 he reaches into his pocket to grab the second hides it behind the mans back while holding the other chip in the mans hand and sneaks the chip hes hiding behind the mans back onto his shoulder while keeping the man focused in his own hand. Hahaha I know it sounds confusing because it is but if you go back and look for yourself you will see.
Sam Hutton (2 days ago)
I cant work out the shirt trick but i know he somehow changed it while giving the clicker back
Jay Low (3 days ago)
i unconsciously realized he changed his clothes... like, i didnt exactly know what was off until he pointed it out. I just realized his clothes didnt look as form fitting as they had before and look really floppy LOL but i didnt think too much about it...damnnn
Epic Terry (3 days ago)
Boy he had 2 red tokens
Zero (3 days ago)
Illusion 100
Max Warner (4 days ago)
Using 2 poker chips was amazing!
Tales L (3 days ago)
"I'll cheat if you give me a chance"
Orion Shelley (4 days ago)
This guy stole my phone while I was watching this.
Help Me (4 days ago)
brain games anyone
Hes very touchie. Anyways, I like illusionists like him and James Randie. They csn entertain AND HELP THE PUBLIC BY TEACHING THEM.
luggi lu (4 days ago)
Rickish Monkey66 (4 days ago)
This is the exact reason why I don’t like real touchy people.
Wild Yoda (4 days ago)
if i ever meet this guy he would have to greet me from 10 feet away
Wild Yoda (4 days ago)
if i ever meet this guy he would have to greet me from 10 feet away
miathapapaya (5 days ago)
Who carries cash around in their pocket loose like that...?
Vee Wong (6 days ago)
He should drink more water.
Muhd Hafiz (6 days ago)
I rewatch it again and I still got. Fooled with the shirt
Samirius M (6 days ago)
At 5:46, or around there, you notice he actually uses 2 poker chils
Anwar parvez (7 days ago)
while I was watching the video this dude stole my phone....
Daniel Lindholm (7 days ago)
When he says I'm putting the clicker away, he throws his shirt-shield off to the side. Nice trick.
Original Swayy (5 days ago)
Daniel Lindholm oh everything, that was a nice trick to you? Anyone could have bought that if they play it back which I did before reading the comments. You must feel so smart.
Jeffrey Katsman (7 days ago)
I think it's safer for the world to know that this man is always employed
Dark Gaming Channel (7 days ago)
Get this guy a glass of water, damn.
KASH_hyper (7 days ago)
4:43 he chaged clothes
SimpleGeometry (7 days ago)
Sneak 100
whau (7 days ago)
Dee Cee (8 days ago)
How did he change from the vest and tie to that shirt????
Dee Cee (7 days ago)
Noah Piril But without taking off the blazer??
Noah Piril (7 days ago)
he take it off as he was going back to the stage and passed it to a helper that was waiting .... look again
RYEEE K (8 days ago)
Son Kim (8 days ago)
Just rewinded to see when his clothes changed. Damn
Anthony (8 days ago)
idk if this has anything to do with anything but notice at 4:33 he's still wearing a purple shirt, tie, and a vest, but when he gets back on the stage at 5:00 his outfit has changed
64 bits (8 days ago)
So you're saying, a famous pick pocket comes on the stage and changes his shirt while I don't even realise. I agree.
RangachuRR (10 days ago)
The amount of times i had to watch 5:51 to 6:00 just to see if i could actually find out what you are doing, holy jesus
Jeremy Tullercash (7 days ago)
there is 2 poker chips
Gt Bkts (9 days ago)
RangachuRR ikr. I watched it 5 times in a row and only caught him doing stuff about half the time. Crazy FAST!!!
Will Adroit (10 days ago)
I noticed his clothes right away when he went back on the stage
VladimirL (11 days ago)
ok not funny! Where's my watch
ben trimble (11 days ago)
Apollo: "With your eyes closed, what am I wearing?" Me: Clothes; duh. 🙂
Ihsan Dogan (11 days ago)
That guy could steal my House with me in it
Ihsan Dogan (11 days ago)
He had 2 of the coins
Mario Nicola (11 days ago)
Changes at 4:45???
Gerald (13 days ago)
He had 2 of the poker chips. He’s a FAKE
Max Spitzer (13 days ago)
Just wow.
Ok kuroko
Brandon Schmeidler (14 days ago)
My god dude just swallow the spit in your mouth.
souer diesel (14 days ago)
Joe made some new friends, lol 😂
Aspex (15 days ago)
He took the tie off when he said “Pardon me” at 4:40 and handed the guy his tie saying it was a clicker... 0.o
John (15 days ago)
It's also a completely different shirt
Ignious Lupus (17 days ago)
I saw when he took off the tie, but not the other stuff
Ammu Sweety (18 days ago)
I think he can make me preganant
Abhishek Bahuguna (19 days ago)
He changed his shirt 4:38
Something (20 days ago)
4:38 where he changes his shirt. He was wearing small showcase shirt on over real shirt.
Mátyás Sülyi (20 days ago)
He changed his shirt at 4:35
Mike Rose (23 days ago)
He's good
Roger The Virgin (23 days ago)
Can somebody please tell me when he changed his shirt
Wendell Magulud (23 days ago)
Mateo Marko (23 days ago)
If you see him in Street run
StyleSensePlus (24 days ago)
I still can't figure out how he changed his purple shirt with a vest and tie into a PLAID shirt with no vest or tie. I figured out where and when he took off his tie and pushed aside his vest, but NOT how he changed his purple shirt into a plaid shirt
Ben Lopes (24 days ago)
@4:40 he changes his outfit
MusicGotMeLike (25 days ago)
4:35 is when he changes his shirt
he hands he the and overshirt to the stage hand and referred to it as his cliker
Philip Joe (25 days ago)
Lyrics Lord (25 days ago)
he changed his outfit at 4:40
Aaron Singleton (26 days ago)
Oooh, the dry mouth is painful...
TheLoverVI (1 month ago)
TheUltimateWaifu (1 month ago)
Did he really have a shrimp in his pocket? LUL
John Wagenvoort (1 month ago)
The biggest misdirection is your bottom lip.
Chris Shipley (1 month ago)
The cocktail party effect, or cocktail effect as you call it, is the opposite of how you described it. It's how the brain is able to focus on a conversation with a lot of back ground noise because your eyes fill in the blanks
VanillaSpoon (1 month ago)
Where TF did his vest and tie go?
aayog koirala (1 month ago)
The whole movie "Focus" in 9 minutes.
OfficialDr3am5tep (1 month ago)
_Antman has joined the chat_
Johnny Just Johnny (1 month ago)
Idiots clapping for a thief.
Camp Freedom VT (1 month ago)
When he said he didn't need the clicker any more is when he took off the front of his shirt and had the other shirt underneath.
P H (1 month ago)
Pickpockets, dippers, bag cutters it’s surprisingly not difficult for thieves to take your stuff. On the street these thieves particularly work in teams. Each team member plays a role. More items and thus more money. Large crowds or interesting/intense action means more ways your attention is divided which increases the likelihood of success. Everyone treats this like it’s hard or difficult in reality it’s not. It does require practice something that individuals with a normal profession have limited amounts. However, when you have low morales, no money, and time in two weeks you’ll be pros at thieving innocent folks. Typically these thieves are watchers, looking for people that are carrying lots of stuff, or fixated on something/intoxicated/appear lost, or have open bags, and visible expensive items. On stage though is completely different than on the street. Few thieves work alone doing this and those that do work alone have likely been doing it for a while. Btw not a thief, but have met a few—worked as a police officer. Advice? While traveling don’t walk around with all of your stuff visible. What’s that mean? Don’t put your phone in your back pocket, don’t stuff wads of cash in your wallet outside a store, don’t walk around with a back pack, keep you purse close to you, keep your pocket profile limited (keys, phone, wallet), be mindful/look around once and awhile, and stop staring at you phone all the time. Remember some people are trustworthy, but those people aren’t to be worried about.
David Gracia (1 month ago)
How did he change clothes?
Morgan Black (1 month ago)
About 4:50 he changes clothes but I can't figure out how
Chonkey Hawaiian (1 month ago)
Lalakakak Bsjfjgdf (1 month ago)
Merci Amixem c’était super interessant !
Ryoken2002 (1 month ago)
4:33 gives the camera man the nod......
Ndronikus Ri (1 month ago)
4:34 Removes and tie and mayb changes his shirt too!!
My observation is 100 base on my training. He didn't get me. When he went back on the stage, I notice is under shirt and tie right away.
How to did he change his clothes.
Thoth EmeraldTablets (1 month ago)
Crowd was lame
Scott Blanchette (1 month ago)
Yo this guy needs some water, all I can hear is his dry mouth hahah
Nauman Shamsi (1 month ago)
Played the video again to check when he changes his shirt?
Kagan Karaaslan (1 month ago)
Adam iyi oynadı ama çift poker vardı,ucuz Bi numara
erasmus schmal (1 month ago)
At 6 minutes it looks like he has two coins, you can see him put a coin on his shoulder before you see it leave his hand, must palm the other one
Vicodin Larry (1 month ago)
Dillon Halim (1 month ago)
Master of the pickpocket
Enlightened Rants (1 month ago)
Where his fucking purple shirt an vest an tieeeeeee
Te Be Me (1 month ago)
5:50 there were two chips
Melanie Ruiz (1 month ago)
merci amixem
Paul Ledet (1 month ago)
Quick change artist doesn’t Chang clothes just removes. Layer
Juneid Makarem (1 month ago)
Look at 5:53 he had 2 tokens , 1 at Joe's shoulder , and one in appolo's hand
Luke Newsome (1 month ago)
He’s using multiple chips
Luke Newsome (1 month ago)
Those were two different poker chips the second time he did it, he used slight of hand to hide the other poker chip and had already placed the other one on his shoulder
Agatha Anderson (1 month ago)
I notices his different shirt the moment he come up from the stage again
Leo Burtin (1 month ago)
Merci Amixem 😂😂😂
Axel Corre (1 month ago)
On a compris que vous êtes la grace a Amixem c'est bon mais maintenant j'aimerai bien lire d'autre commentaire que « qui est la grace a amixem xptdrrr c'est trop drôle mdrr ». J'aimerai bien voir des commentaire qui parlent de la vidéo et et qui réagisse sur celle ci. Merci
Bondy (1 month ago)
@ 5:53 - Quite obviously this dudes using two gambling chips.
Achraf Kamil (1 month ago)
Qui c est perdu sur youtube
Arvinth (1 month ago)
This guy is going to save us from the mad Titan by stealing the gauntlet.
The outfit change really blew my mind. I already knew the watch trick
Steven phoms (1 month ago)
Qui est là grâce à amixem ?
luster 5 (1 month ago)
if ya didn't notice when he did it you are a dumbass!!! it's okay I'm a dummy too *)

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