Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Pickpocket's Tale

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You may not think of pickpocketing as entertainment, much less physical comedy, but it can be both. I still recall with delight Philippe Petit's street act in the days before the World Trade Center walk, which included juggling, tight rope walking, and other stuff, including some very amusing picking of spectators' pockets. Now comes this fascinating article in The New Yorker about another entertaining pickpocket, Apollo Robbins.

You can read the whole article here.
And here's that book mentioned in the article about magic and neuroscience.
An entertaining 5-minute youTube video promoting a series Robbins did for National Geographic.

Thanks to my old buddy Jerry Falek for the link!

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