Apollo Robbins – Gentleman Thief

Apollo Robbins is a performer, speaker, consultant and one of the world’s leading experts on pickpockets, confidence crimes and deception. A pioneer in the application of deception to operational environments, Robbins uses pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate perception management, diversion techniques and self-deception.

Known as “The Gentleman Thief,” Robbins first made national news as the man who pick-pocketed the Secret Service while entertaining former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. He has picked the pockets of more than 250,000 men and women. Forbes has called him “an artful manipulator of awareness,” and Wired Magazine has written that “he could steal the wallet of a man who knew he was going to have his pocket picked.” This unique set of skills has established Robbins as a go-to expert for the science community, law enforcement and government agencies studying human behavior.

Drawing from his 20-plus years of experience as an entertainer and teacher, Robbins uses trans media and live event production to develop immersive training modules with a focus on experiential learning. For the last 6 years he has collaborated and co-authored publications with the neuroscience community on the management & influencing of attention & awareness.

In 2006, Robbins founded Red Handed Media, a brain trust that offers law enforcement officials and ex-cons as subject matter experts on current fraud, theft and scam trends. He hosted Tru TV’s The Real Hustle and co-hosted National Geographic’s TV Special Brain Games with David Copperfield. He also worked as the technical advisor on TNT’s series, Leverage. Robbins has been featured on the TODAY show and in numerous publications including the New Yorker, New York Times, LA Times and Forbes. Past and present clients include Bank of America, Bellagio, Citigroup, Microsoft and Qualcomm.

Robbins currently resides in Las Vegas.