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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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of 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 much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at http://www.ted.com/translate Follow TED news on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tednews Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
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Erin applebie (3 hours ago)
You can't capture my attention I'm only thinking about myself and after 5 minutes if you don't have anything for me I'm outta here. Get to the point !
Marl Feria (22 hours ago)
Is that a magic?
Ömer Faruk (22 hours ago)
Where is my vallet
Saigonshin•ACE (1 day ago)
I think he removed the watch using his pinky and ring finger
Inspector Steve (1 day ago)
The moist sound when he talks is driving me nuts. I can't stand when people have that. When you hear it first then that's all you can hear.
white sugart (1 day ago)
So many fails and obvious tricks
Bedirhan Gül (2 days ago)
this is insane, thats amazing 👏👏👏😂😂
Area-51 (2 days ago)
I always thought stealing watches and rings were bullshit because surely youd feels it, and then a magicuan/pickpocket took then both off of me at the zoo while he was doing a show... he took my phone, my wallet and my necklace before I noticed him trying to take my other ring and realised everything else was gone lmao
Julezz Rulezz (2 days ago)
What?!?
Dieses Alpaka (2 days ago)
Didn't he play a pickpocket on one episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine ?
Thank you for this great piece
Elevationem (3 days ago)
@5:54 there’s two poker chips in play.
Cameron Rozek (3 days ago)
https://youtu.be/GZGY0wPAnus This video has a nice url
Pranav Ahire (3 days ago)
Mindddd Blowinggg!!!!!
Pranav Ahire (3 days ago)
Mindddd Blowinggg!!!!!
Alex Bleyker (4 days ago)
He has two poker chips
Alfonso Song (4 days ago)
Then Joe found that there's one buck missed from his pocket (it's actually not but his own memory malfunctioned thanks to Robbins' bullying) and the innocent Robbins is therefore arrested and tortured.
could be me maybe (4 days ago)
He should try to steal someone's wheelchair
Ward Toledo (4 days ago)
Pickpocket 100
Love Apollo he is a true artist. Check your pockets I did some shopping 😂😂
KzCreationz & More (5 days ago)
Dang it Frank!!!!!!
KzCreationz & More (5 days ago)
Anyone else know him from Brain Games? He is amazing!
Nay Soe (5 days ago)
I’m still trying to figure out how he switched his clothes
abdo barakota (5 days ago)
4:32 the shirt changed 🤷‍♂️ I don’t know how
Greg Brady (6 days ago)
Is he a HOMOSEXUAL with the ONE EARRING?
Faronthefiddler (6 days ago)
This fella is GOOD!!!!!!............Holy Funkin Shirt!
Jordan Ferrazza (6 days ago)
Only know him in a fedora.
Wyatt Metzger (6 days ago)
I get a lot of Robin William vibes from him
Sketched YT (6 days ago)
at 4:36, he turns away from the audience and the switch of his shirt happens at 4:42. Him going over there to give the clicker back was merely a distraction or misdirection if you will, for what was actually happening. He could have simply put the clicker in his pocket or on the floor.
Benjamin Robledo (7 days ago)
How you get scammed. 😂
Now i know what it's like when a rogue rolls a 20 on deception
Darth Bane (7 days ago)
WAAAAIIIIIIIIITTT!!!! Joe had a SHRIMP in his pocket!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!??!?!!?
John Rafael (7 days ago)
*ILLUSION: 100*
Martha Tedla (7 days ago)
so weird. when I closed my eyes at the beginning I could remember what he was wearing, down to the tie and the colour combinations. closer to the end I thought 'his shirt isn't well fitted.' but I didn't realize they were different outfits!
ismayil bagirov (7 days ago)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwg5sODU_Hg
Darren Z (7 days ago)
Never play poker with this guy.
thaer12345 (8 days ago)
Too much creepy touching...
zawlin htoo (8 days ago)
Kuroko-kun?
Tha Crunchy (8 days ago)
The mic crackling is very annoying
Panth3r (8 days ago)
wait how does he change his shirt wat
Juliana Porto (9 days ago)
When did he change clothes???
Thalia Bauendahl (9 days ago)
That's really amazing
Victor Ulhôa (9 days ago)
awesome
IPlay Games (10 days ago)
Level 1 Crook vs Level 50 Boss
IPlay Games (10 days ago)
That’s how mafia is done.
IPlay Games (10 days ago)
Someone just stole me comme
IPlay Games (10 days ago)
I know this guy from Brain Games.
Romaa Plays (10 days ago)
*I just misdirected you to not not not dislike this comment*
Kürşad Ali Dinçkan (10 days ago)
he is hypnotizing(spell might be wrong) the victim. its not fair game.
Shaade (11 days ago)
Wow - he'd make a great politician.
FalseWarp (11 days ago)
Pickpocketing 100
Yo Mama (11 days ago)
mr. stark, my frank doesn’t feel so good
taipalsaari r3b0rn (11 days ago)
this guy is lip smacking the whole time
Gabriel Croft (12 days ago)
I love this guy!!!! What a class act!
The Other Side (12 days ago)
*4:33** He signalled to the camera man to stop shooting and when he was captured from behind, he gave the lady with glasses his tie.* *I don't know how he pulled off the purple shirt.*
Maya Khan (12 days ago)
His shirt and tie!!!! ....I believe he changed it at 4:36
Zeynel Abidin Aydın (12 days ago)
boy george lookalike.
Hexed Heathen (13 days ago)
Misdirection with the body.
Recep Yldzz (13 days ago)
Türkler varsa yardımcı olun😂😂
Samiksha Kemwal (13 days ago)
6:10 - 6:19 how does he take that watch off with that minimal movement!
Marcus (14 days ago)
No.. Thats not the guy from the moon
Mortality (15 days ago)
Actual lvl 100 pickpocket
supboii (16 days ago)
damn..my Frank is Frank from 'sunny in Philadelphia' :D
Robert Graham (16 days ago)
How did he change his shirt?
Martín di Marco (16 days ago)
he change the shirt
Dan Blaize (16 days ago)
*chomping popcorn...this guy is good
Neil The Grass Bison (17 days ago)
The 2.6 dislikes on this video are victims of Apollo's pickpocketing
IT IZME_ (17 days ago)
Took his tie off when he says " don't need the clicker anymore", and then as he steps up on stage, opens and untucks his shirt, to make himself look different, before asking ,what he was wearing @4:35+
CN AC (17 days ago)
Mind Blowing
Brylle Villenas (18 days ago)
This dude is a Mindf**k... wow
skeeter197140 (18 days ago)
4:42.
Luke Dixon (18 days ago)
I watched several parts of this on 0.5 playback speed and it was still hard to catch what he did. Genuinely astonishing.
FullMetalHeart7 (18 days ago)
god dammit Frank...
richlaszkowicz (18 days ago)
One of my favourite YouTube videos
brianmann01 (19 days ago)
He removes the tie on his way back to the stage after he picks the audience member.
Cheesecake Kun (19 days ago)
Am I the only one who realized that he gave his tie to the girl?
Cheesecake Kun (19 days ago)
At 4:40
Just Another FS (19 days ago)
My frank is always on autopilot.
protyaydeep shee (20 days ago)
Kuroko no basket
Pocamo (20 days ago)
He changes at 4:38 btw
John Beall (20 days ago)
He screwed us over with that "what am i wearing" I played it back... Found out where he did that
Trenton Minnick (20 days ago)
Wow
Entertainment DOser (20 days ago)
4:35 he changes the shirt
Bend It Like (20 days ago)
He removed his tie and gave it to the person whom he was talking to before climbing the stage with the other guy
gerson veiga Ribeiro (21 days ago)
now i want him to explain misdirection overflow
Leila Anicia Corrales (21 days ago)
How did he change? I kept rewinding the video
omni light_Xl (22 days ago)
He took of his fake tie and purple shirt right before coming back on the stage with that old guy...
Phil and Co. (22 days ago)
i only know him from brooklyn nine nine lmao
Veckless Gaming (22 days ago)
5:54 he has two of those
JGdownunder (23 days ago)
It's impressive to be able to do this to people just randomly, but it's a lot more impressive being able to do it to people that are probably actively trying to catch him the whole time
Lisa D (23 days ago)
Did he still stuff from the other people he talked to first? you can slow the video and see how he does it...
BurhanBeyOfficial (23 days ago)
Selamın aleyküm , UNLOSTV 25.12.2018 23:05 Hatıra olsun* :)
Edwin Chen-Desailly (24 days ago)
Nice retention vanish XD
Eswar Tc (24 days ago)
When did he change his trousers
TkdmagicjackMC (25 days ago)
It’s the Brain Games guy!
souravk229 (25 days ago)
See this once without sound and you will figure out everything....this way he won't be distracted by his voice.
random person (25 days ago)
What?
Javier Escuella (25 days ago)
Eh, I’m a master at pickpocketing, well in Skyrim at least.
Its a little bit late but i noticed his cloths changing when he came down from the stage and when he was giving back the remote clicker
Dev Guy (28 days ago)
this is amazing, on a more moron level this is what trump is doing to his supporters lmao
SKY Laretta (28 days ago)
Awesome 😂👍💕

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