‘Focus’ Spotlights the Art of a Pickpocket
Illusions come in many forms. An illusion can be used for entertainment, amazement, and bewilderment, but also for conning unexpecting people. Pickpocketing uses the art of illusion to steal, but it’s trickier than it looks. In fact, the victim won’t even see it happen most of the time. Removing personal property from someone is an art in itself and one of the most difficult ones to master. Especially since it is nearly impossible to practice. Now you see it, now you don’t!
Pickpocketing in theaters
Pickpocketing is currently trending due to ‘Focus,’ the feature film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. The movie chronicles the trials and tribulations of a professional con man and woman, who develop a romantic relationship in true Hollywood fashion. Will Smith trained with master manipulator and pickpocket expert Apollo Robbins for the role.
“We tried to find what’s a different type of con or organized crime group that hasn’t really been approached by Hollywood and how could that be developed in this film,” said Robbins in an iTricks interview.” We sought to show authenticity without exaggeration where people just bump into people and steal their wallet.”
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Just remember to never lose focus.
*Photo via IMDB