I wrote a little blurb on facebook about Apollo Robbins, world famous pickpocket, who I had read about in the January 2013 issue of New Yorker Magazine and while I was reading the discussion that some of my readers were having about pickpockets a flash from the past came back to me.
I was in Las Vegas with Phil many years ago, and was wearing a beautiful gold bracelet and pearl necklace. We dressed up in those days! The act was a Pickpocket from Paris named Dominique but I don’t think its the same Dominique the guys were talking about on facebook because this was maybe 40 years ago or more. He was a wonderful and most charming entertainer and came off the stage into the audience and he came directly to me. No way was he getting my bracelet, I thought to myself. It was a gift from my late father-in-law, which he had purchased on a trip to Italy. I would not take my eyes off my bracelet. (which was subsequently stolen in a house robbery many years later when we were having dinner at Joan & Romaine’s, but I digress).
Oh, he was trying, as he asked if I was enjoying my stay in Las Vegas he had his hand on my hand as a friendly gesture, but I was smarter than him. He could not distract me, and as he left my hand to casually rest his hand on my neck, and knew he was going for he clasp, I did not take my eyes off my bracelet as I knew the clasp on my pearls was complicated. No worry about that. So when he left me “in tact” so to speak, I was relieved to see him go on to another person and watched him as did everyone else and after making the rounds he went back onto the stage and one by one, produced his victories and returned them to the audience members. Then he looked down at me and smiled, (we had front row seats) and asked, “Could this be yours?” as he handed me my beaded evening bag. I never even had given it a thought. Then he turned to an attractive young lady as he took a red bra from his inside jacket pocket and said, ” Mademoiselle?” and handed it to her. She shook her head vigorously but he got his laugh and huge applause as he took his bow.
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