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2014 Stage Shows

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  • Sleight- of-Hand: Explore the Science of Illusionby Apollo Robbins Watch Preview Video Bell Stage Sunday, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM 60 Minutes Add to Schedule!


    His act is so smooth and benign that Forbes magazine calls him the "artful manipulator of awareness." Adding to the reputation of this maestro of the sleight-of-hand is the fact he once picked the pockets of the Secret Service while he entertained a former President!

    Be in the audience when Apollo Robbins brings his amazing array of illusionary skills to the Festival’s finale Expo next April, giving audiences an unforgettable look inside the "Science of Illusion".

    His talents as a performer – especially his skill as a master pickpocket -- have made him a favorite with such media outlets as ABC, Fox, CBS and Discovery Channel, in addition to making him in demand by an A-List clientele for which he travels the world performing.

    Apollo’s performances utilize pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate proximity manipulation, diversion techniques, and how easily our awareness and attention control can be manipulated.

    Known as “The Gentleman Thief” he handles his participants in a non-intrusive way, without embarrassing them, often giving his audience a behind-the-scenes view.

    Apollo’s trademark is his unique ability to tell his “target” that he is about to steal from them, before he does it, right under their nose.

    He has also collaborated with academics in his quest to understand how awareness and attention can be manipulated. He's co-author of a paper published in 2011 in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience that explores something he noticed in his countless hours of practice: people's eyes are more easily misdirected to follow a curve than a straight line.

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