I was under the Eiffel Tower last week with a friend who clearly was far more observant and aware of his surroundings than I was. As I was strolling along oblivious to anything but Eiffel's majestic structure, he was paying attention and saw the team of pickpockets working the crowd and told me to watch my purse.
Some days I really wonder if I should be allowed to walk outside my home without an escort.
Then yesterday evening I came across an article and a video on-line at the New Yorker featuring the work of the pickpocket Apollo Robbins of Las Vegas, USA. The article by Adam Green (a very good read) can be found here.
And here is the video in which Mr. Robbins gives us all a practical demonstration of his skill.