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Adam Green: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket

Adam Green: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket
A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with. “Come on,” Jillette said. Again, Robbins begged off, but he offered to do a trick instead. “Fuck. Robbins held up a thin, cylindrical object: the cartridge from Jillette’s pen. Robbins, who is thirty-eight and lives in Las Vegas, is a peculiar variety-arts hybrid, known in the trade as a theatrical pickpocket. “What do you do?” “That’s right.”

Police Dog Basic Training" All police dogs must first become experts at basic obedience training. They must obey the commands of their handler without hesitation. This is what keeps the inherent aggression of the dog in check, and allows the officer to control how much force the dog is using against a suspect. Dogs from Europe are often given commands in their native language (Breston's commands are all in Dutch). Many people think this is so no one besides the handler can accidentally give them an "attack" command in English. This is a myth. A police dog must also make it through endurance and agility training. Finally, each dog receives specialty training. In the next section, you'll learn about the specialty training that produces a dog able to locate illegal drugs.

Foot-in-the-door technique The principle involved is that a small agreement creates a bond between the requester and the requestee. Even though the requestee may only have agreed to a trivial request out of politeness, this forms a bond which - when the requestee attempts to justify the decision to themselves - may be mistaken for a genuine affinity with the requester, or an interest in the subject of the request. When a future request is made, the requestee will feel obliged to act consistently with the earlier one.[5] The reversed approach - making a deliberately outlandish opening demand so that a subsequent, milder request will be accepted - is known as the door-in-the-face technique. Classic experiments[edit] In an early study, a team of psychologists telephoned housewives in California and asked if the women would answer a few questions about the household products they used. [edit] Environmental applications[edit] Examples[edit] "Can I go over to Suzy's house for an hour?" Charitable donation[edit] Notes

What Lying Actually Does to Your Brain and Body Every Day here here! Pathological truth teller here. Its made worse by my attempts at being modest. :/ Oh well. At least I can sleep at night. Mikagekun, you have to decide what you actually desire. If you want to lie, telling the truth will only be a staged performance. You yourself know when it is right to divulge information. Certainly, there's no given way to change your upbringing or your moral compass in social situations. Collinsville mayor on sagging pants vote: ‘I’m sorry that that passed’ : Sj Collinsville has become the first Metro East community to ban "sagging pants," following a City Council vote Monday. The new law requires pants to be "secured at the waist to prevent the pants from falling more than 3 inches below the hips ... causing exposure to the person or the person's undergarments," according to a copy of the ordinance. It would only apply to pants worn on public property. Violators will be fined $100 and be required to perform community service for the first offense and $300 and community service for subsequent offenses. Mayor John Miller and council member Nancy Moss voted against the measure; members Liz Dalton, who initiated the ordinance, and Jeff Kypta voted to approve it. "I've had several phone calls and emails and 75 percent of the people were for it," Tognarelli said, calling the fashion fad "gang-related." However, Moss said that sagging was a non-issue before Dalton brought it up last month. Miller disagreed.

List of confidence tricks This list of confidence tricks and scams should not be considered complete, but covers the most common examples. Confidence tricks and scams are difficult to classify, because they change often and often contain elements of more than one type. Throughout this list, the perpetrator of the confidence trick is called the “con artist” or simply “artist”, and the intended victim is the “mark”. Get-rich-quick schemes[edit] Get-rich-quick schemes are extremely varied; these include fake franchises, real estate “sure things”, get-rich-quick books, wealth-building seminars, self-help gurus, sure-fire inventions, useless products, chain letters, fortune tellers, quack doctors, miracle pharmaceuticals, foreign exchange fraud, Nigerian money scams, charms and talismans. Variations include the pyramid scheme, the Ponzi scheme, and the Matrix sale. Count Victor Lustig sold the “money-printing machine” which he claimed could copy $100 bills. Salting [edit] Spanish Prisoner [edit] Persuasion tricks[edit]

Dissident Voice Collinsville Illinois Bans Baggy Pants, Mayor 'Very Disappointed' Despite the fact that laws banning baggy pants have been ruled unconstitutional by judges across the country, Collinsville, Illinois is the latest town to ban sagging trousers--and their mayor is not happy about it. City council members in Collinsville, which is located about 20 miles east of St. Louis, Mo., told Fox 2 St. Louis that they proposed the ordinance because residents said they were tired of "looking at people's underwear." Though Mayor John Miller and several other council members opposed the ban, it ultimately passed. explained what the new law will mean for "offenders" in Collinsville: The new law requires pants to be "secured at the waist to prevent the pants from falling more than 3 inches below the hips ... causing exposure to the person or the person's undergarments," according to a copy of the ordinance. In 2008, a 17-year-old reportedly spent a night in jail for wearing baggy pants in Riviera Beach, Florida. WATCH Fox 2 St.

Ben Franklin effect The Ben Franklin effect is a psychological finding: A person who has done someone a favor is more likely to do that person another favor than they would be if they had received a favor from that person. Similarly, one who harms another is more willing to harm them again than the victim is to retaliate.[1] Recognition of effect by Franklin[edit] In the words of Benjamin Franklin, who famously observed the effect and for whom it is named, "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged In his autobiography, Franklin explains how he dealt with the animosity of a rival legislator when he served in the Pennsylvania legislature in the 18th century: Having heard that he had in his library a certain very scarce and curious book, I wrote a note to him, expressing my desire of perusing that book, and requesting he would do me the favour of lending it to me for a few days. Effect as an example of cognitive dissonance[edit] Notes[edit]

A group of randomly selected citizens, engaged in a new kind of polling developed at Stanford, gathers this weekend to tackle California's problems | Stanford News Release June 22, 2011 A Deliberative Polling activity organized by a variety of academics and civic organizations is held in Torrance. By Dan Stober Professor James Fishkin, international communication (Photo by Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service) Opinion polls typically ask members of the public how they stand on the issues, whether they know much about the issues or not. That seemed like a flaw in the process to Stanford communication professor James Fishkin, who pondered the question, "Would people have the same response if they took the time to learn about the issues?" The answer, it turns out, is that many people, once they gain a grasp of the issues, change their minds. When the talking ends, and the participants take a new survey, the polling has changed significantly on 70 percent of the questions asked. Now Fishkin, of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford, has set off with colleagues from a number of institutions to do something slightly – but significantly – different.

World's dumbest criminals:'s Top 10 Stupid thief Aaron Evans is not the first dozy criminal in need of a few more brain cells. Stupid thief Aaron Evans is not the first dozy criminal in need of a few more brain cells. Here takes a look around the globe at some of the world's dumbest criminals and brings you our favourite Top 10. 1: A stupid armed robber held up a petrol station in Vancouver and then returned to ask the cashier for directions. 2: Dozy Californian thief Claud Gipson-Reynolds stole a fire engine and then radioed for help when it got stuck in the mud. 3: Brainless burglar John Pearce was left dangling upside down from the window of a house he was breaking into for an hour after getting his foot stuck. 4: A not so clever thief obviously didn't consider how easy it would be to spot him when he stole the prototype of a unique high-performance sports car worth £2m. 5: Dim-wit joyriders smiled for a speed camera as they raced past in a car they had just pinched.

Cold reading Basic procedure[edit] Before starting the actual reading, the reader will typically try to elicit cooperation from the subject, saying something such as, "I often see images that are a bit unclear and which may sometimes mean more to you than to me; if you help, we can together uncover new things about you." One of the most crucial elements of a convincing cold reading is a subject eager to make connections or reinterpret vague statements in any way that will help the reader appear to make specific predictions or intuitions. After determining that the subject is cooperative, the reader will make a number of probing statements or questions, typically using variations of the methods noted below. Subtle cues such as changes in facial expression or body language can indicate whether a particular line of questioning is effective or not. Other techniques[edit] Shotgunning[edit] "Shotgunning" is a commonly used cold reading technique. The Forer effect (Barnum statements)[edit] Warm reading[edit]