The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

Do you think it’s possible
to control someone’s attention? Even more than that,
what about predicting human behavior? I think those are interesting ideas. For me, that would be
the perfect superpower, actually kind of an evil way
of approaching it. But for myself, in the past,
I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human behavior
from a rather unorthodox way: picking pockets. When we think of misdirection, we think of something
as looking off to the side, when actually the things
right in front of us are often the hardest to see, the things that you look at every day
that you’re blinded to. For example, how many of you still have
your cell phones on you right now? Great. Double-check. Make sure you still have them. I was doing some shopping before. (Laughter) You’ve looked at them a few times today, but I’ll ask you a question. Without looking at it directly yet, can you remember the icon
in the bottom right corner? Bring them out, check and see
how accurate you were. How’d you do? Show of hands. Did we get it? Now that you’re done, close them down. Every phone has something in common. No matter how you organize the icons, you still have a clock on the front. So, without looking at your phone,
what time was it? You just looked at your clock, right? Interesting idea. Let’s take that a step further
with a game of trust. Close your eyes. I realize I’m asking you to do
that while you just heard there’s a pickpocket in the room,
but close your eyes. Now, you’ve been watching me
for about 30 seconds. With your eyes closed, what am I wearing? Make your best guess. What color is my shirt?
What color is my tie? Now open your eyes. Show of hands, were you right? Interesting, isn’t it? Some of us are a little bit
more perceptive than others, it seems. But I have a different theory
about that model of attention. They have fancy models of attention,
Posner’s trinity model of attention. For me, I like to think of it very
simple, like a surveillance system. It’s kind of like you have
all these fancy sensors, and inside your brain
is a little security guard. For me, I like to call him Frank. So Frank is sitting at a desk. He’s got lots of cool
information in front of him, high-tech equipment, he’s got cameras, he’s got a little phone
that he can pick up, listen to the ears, all these senses, all these perceptions. But attention is what steers
your perceptions, it’s what controls your reality. It’s the gateway to the mind. If you don’t attend to something,
you can’t be aware of it. But ironically, you can attend
to something without being aware of it. For example, the cocktail effect: You’re in a party, having
conversations with someone, and yet you can recognize your name without realizing
you were listening to that. Now, for my job, I have to play
with techniques to exploit this, to play with your attention
as a limited resource. So if I could control
how you spend your attention, if I could maybe steal your attention
through a distraction. Now, instead of doing it like misdirection and throwing it off to the side, instead, what I choose
to focus on is Frank, to be able to play with the Frank
inside your head, your security guard, and get you, instead of focusing
on your external senses, just to go internal for a second. So if I ask you to access
a memory, like, what is that? What just happened? Do you have a wallet? Do you have an American Express
in your wallet? And when I do that,
your Frank turns around. He accesses the file.
He has to rewind the tape. What’s interesting is,
he can’t rewind the tape at the same time that he’s trying
to process new data. This sounds like a good theory, but I could talk for a long time,
tell you lots of things, and a portion of them may be true, but I think it’s better if I tried
to show that to you here live. If I come down, I’m going
to do a bit of shopping. Just hold still where you are. Hello, how are you?
It’s lovely to see you. Wonderful job onstage. Lovely watch, it doesn’t
come off very well. Do you have a ring as well? Good. Just taking inventory.
You’re like a buffet. Hard to tell where to start,
so many great things. Hi, how are you? Good to see you. Hi, sir, could you stand up, please?
Just right where you are. You’re married,
you follow directions well. Nice to meet you, sir. You don’t have a lot in your pockets.
Anything down here? Hopefully so. Have a seat. There you go.
You’re doing well. Hi, sir, how are you? Good to see you, sir.
You have a ring, a watch. Do you have a wallet on you? Joe: I don’t. AR: Well, we’ll find one for you.
Come on up this way, Joe. Give Joe a round of applause.
Come on up, Joe. Let’s play a game. (Applause) AR: Pardon me. I don’t think I need this clicker anymore. Thank you very much. I appreciate that. Come on up to the stage, Joe.
Let’s play a little game now. Anything in your front pockets? J: Money. AR: Money! All right, let’s try that. Can you stand right over this way for me? Turn around and, let’s see, if I give you something
that belongs to me, this is just something I have, a poker chip. Hold out your hand for me. Watch it closely. This is a task for you to focus on. You have your money in your front pocket? J: Yup.
AR: Good. I won’t put my hand in your pocket.
I’m not ready for that kind of commitment. Once a guy had a hole in his pocket, and that was rather traumatizing for me. I wanted his wallet,
he gave me his number. Big miscommunication. (Laughter) Let’s do this simply.
Squeeze your hand tight. Do you feel the poker chip in your hand? J: I do. AR: Would you be surprised
if I took it? Say yes. J: Very.
AR: Good. Open your hand. Thank you very much. I’ll cheat if you give me a chance. Make it harder for me. Just use your hand. Grab my wrist, but squeeze, squeeze firm. Did you see it go? Joe: No. AR: No, it’s not here. Open your hand. While we’re focused on the hand,
it’s sitting on your shoulder. Go ahead and take it off. Now, let’s try that again. Hold your hand out flat. Open it up. Put your hand up a little bit higher,
but watch it close. If I did it slowly,
it’d be on your shoulder. (Laughter) Joe, we’re going to keep doing
this till you catch it. You’ll get it eventually.
I have faith in you. Squeeze firm.
You’re human, you’re not slow. It’s back on your shoulder. You were focused on your hand, distracted. While you were watching,
I couldn’t get your watch off. Yet you had something inside your pocket. Do you remember what it was? J: Money. AR: Check your pocket. Is it still there? (Laughter) Oh, there it was. Put it away. We’re just shopping. This trick’s more about the timing. I’m going to try to push it
inside your hand. Put your other hand on top, would you? It’s amazingly obvious now, isn’t it? Looks a lot like the watch
I was wearing, doesn’t it? (Laughter) (Applause) J: That’s pretty good.
AR: Oh, thanks. (Applause) But it’s only a start.
Let’s try it a little bit differently. Hold your hands together.
Your other hand on top. If you’re watching this little token, this obviously has become
a little target, like a red herring. If we watch this kind of close,
it looks like it goes away. It’s not back on your shoulder. It falls out of the air,
lands right back in the hand. Did you see it go? Yeah, funny. We’ve got a little guy.
He’s union, works up there all day. If I do it slowly it goes straight away,
it lands by your pocket. Is it in this pocket, sir? Don’t reach in your pocket.
That’s a different show. (Squeaking) That’s rather strange.
They have shots for that. Can I show them? Rather bizarre.
Is this yours, sir? I have no idea how that works.
We’ll send that over there. I need help with this one. Step over this way for me. Don’t run away. You had something
down by your pants pocket. I was checking mine.
I couldn’t find everything, but I noticed you had something here. Can I feel the outside for a moment? Down here I noticed this.
Is this something of yours, sir? I have no idea. That’s a shrimp. J: Yeah. I’m saving it for later. AR: You’ve entertained
all of these people in a wonderful way, better than you know. So we’d love to give you this
lovely watch as a gift. (Laughter) Hopefully it matches his taste. We have a couple of other things, a little bit of cash. And we have a few other things, these all belong to you, along with a big round of applause
from all your friends. (Applause) Joe, thank you very much. (Applause) (Applause ends) So, same question I asked you before, but this time you don’t have
to close your eyes. What am I wearing? Audience: Oh! (Laughter) (Hesitant applause) (Applause ends) Attention is a powerful thing. Like I said, it shapes your reality. So, I guess I’d like to pose
that question to you. If you could control somebody’s attention, what would you do with it? Thank you. (Applause)

Comments (100)

  1. 5:52 ther are two fiches

  2. He had two poker chips!

  3. This guys jokes got no laughs… feels bad man, I thought they were funny.

  4. This guy remind me of Aladdin

  5. Anybody else notice his slip up on words at 1:55

  6. есть ру перевод(не субтитры)?

  7. キング・クリムゾン!

  8. 見向きもされない人達はどうしろと

  9. Ролику 6 лет, а оно только сейчас появилось в ленте

  10. он сменил рубашку когда отдавал пульт девушке. шикарное видео

  11. Рекомендации ютуб, октябрь 2019

  12. 口の中がネチャネチャ音を立ててるのが気持ち悪いです。

  13. Just slow the rythm guys

  14. 日本人おる?

  15. 4:40 the bit where he apparently gives the clicker back is a misdirection from him removing his tie and shirt which got can see him do just before that.

  16. Я один, кто заметил что его одежда поменялась?

  17. О, русские субтитры, классссссссс

  18. Зачем я это смотрю? Мне нужно спать

  19. монтаж в стадии бесконечность

  20. Как в этом промежутке 4-5 минуты он умудрился поменять рубашку?

  21. Правильно было бы назвать :искусство привлекать внимание))

  22. I don’t think I need this clicker any more.. you can have that.

  23. *actually saves shrimp for later

  24. なぜ日本語タイトルなのに海外のコメントの方が多いのか。

  25. You are an honest pick pocket…
    There are dozens of banks that employ dishonest pickpockets

  26. It’s amazing!!!!

  27. 4:42 is the moment.

  28. シンプルにス..ス…(゚Д゚(゚Д゚ノ(゚Д゚ノ)ノスゲー!!!

  29. It’s a shame that the most audiences didn’t realise that he’d changed clothes. If they realised they’d definitely have gone crazier when he asked the question at last.

  30. Everything was so obvious

  31. 引き込まれたぜ

  32. 5:46 he reaches into his pocket to get another coin, so he used two coins at part 5:59 I think

  33. He never pickpocket him

  34. Дурдом…видео про отвлечение внимания с субтитрами-_-.

  35. I stole my first wallet today. This was very helpful 😀

  36. ネチャネチャネチャネチャ

  37. カメラワークせこいわァw

  38. (こいつやりやがる…)

  39. YouTube
    2013: рано
    2014: рано
    2016: рано
    2019: работаем парни, работаем!!!

  40. ぼくは、えいごを、べんきょうしよーとおもいましたー

  41. 黒子成長したな

  42. 4:37 he starts unbuttoning the shirt removing the tie etc

  43. 日本語吹き替え版見たい

  44. ネクタイいつの間に!?

  45. Gabriel: "Have you ever heard of Harry Houdini? Well he wasn't like today's magicians who are only interested in television ratings. He was an artist. He could make an elephant disappear in the middle of a theater filled with people, and do you know how he did that? Misdirection."
    From the movie Swordfish

  46. Рубашку поменял когда выходил обратно на сцену спиной к залу.

  47. Охуеть… Круто)))

  48. When you think about it, the thumbnail already kind of spoiled the moment bc he asked what he was wearing early on and he has different clothes in the thumbnail. Just a thought.

  49. where is my wallet?
    Oh,it's on my shoulder

  50. У него было 2 фишки 8.47 одна лежит на плече вторая у него в руках

  51. Pippu
    I don’t know.

  52. なにこれ凄すぎる!

  53. The blind guy: who is joe?
    Me sitting next to him: 🌝 joe…mama.

  54. 4:38 he takes his tie off

  55. Що це було? Оувіщет

  56. I feel like he pick pocketed me through the screen

  57. Краткий курс обучения английскому. К концу ролика уже его понимал. Спсибо.

  58. 二枚チップ使ってない?それはokなの?

  59. Anytime the name Apollo Robbins is seen or heard you have to put all senses on overload.


  60. Very smart not to wear clothing with a major contrast like black and white. Would've been obvious.

  61. This guy's name is Apollo. APOLLO. He was either bullied growing up, or he was the coolest kid in school.

  62. Очень интересные лекции

  63. Я один заметил что он украл у дудушки кальцо и так ему и не отдал?

  64. I’m just glad the CIA doesn’t employ people like this! Baaah 🐑

  65. Penn & Teller you might find this fun! 🙂

  66. Американские "воры в законе"😆

  67. хуйня блять полнейшая

  68. あー、ナルホド、ナルホド。

  69. カリスマでしかない

  70. He owned 17 million of viewers!

  71. What if..
    Sherlock Holmes was watching


  73. Imagine if the poker chip he put on the man’s shoulder fell down…

  74. Politicians do this all the time

  75. I can finally be Kuroko 😀

  76. I saw him remove his tie and take the second chip out of his pocket. I have wisdom +10

  77. I could make a horror-genre video game off of this theory.

  78. There is only one king of pickpocketer his name is Bob Arno watch Bob's Pickpocket King Bob Arno

    at his youtube channel he go's onto the streets with real pickpockets

  79. My dude had a shrimp in his pocket

  80. 何よりくちゃくちゃが気になる笑笑

  81. You guys I found it 4:43 he was in the shadow and his shirt changed then. When he walked on stage you could see him adjusting his coat!

  82. this guy's kuroko in disguise

  83. him: doing his show
    Me: focusing on him so that i won’t get tricked

  84. Why does he have a shrimp?

  85. 突然おすすめに出てきた
    日本人( ˙꒳​˙ )👍✨

  86. Ахует ьььь

  87. これは素晴らしい技術だ
    It nice skill
    I want this skill

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