This article in The New Yorker about master pickpocket Apollo Robbins was one of the more fascinating I’ve read recently. (It’s a long one.) Although much of the fascination was on the strength of the amazing tricks, what was really eye-opening was finding out about how attention works. Very well written.
But I found there is a great supplementary video at The New Yorker‘s blog showing Apollo practicing and explaining the moves. Very neat.
Also Youtubes of Apollo here: