2008

Thieves and witchdoctors

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In Johannesburg for a string of corporate shows, we managed to find and talk to three pickpockets, one of whom claimed to be reformed….

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Flying

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It was a long series of flights to South Africa last week, for a three-day visit. We were upgraded to first class on the…

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The tasteful tourist

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Bob and I looked at each other in disbelief. Only we knew the incredible odds we’d just beaten. To stroll into Rome’s Termini, the…

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Criminal on the loose

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Why am I compelled to run outside every time I hear the police helicopter hovering over my house? If there’s a criminal on the…

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Fooling a monkey

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An entertainer friend of mine practiced magic as a kid. One day he went to Busch Gardens amusement park with his family. There he…

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Anatomy of a victim

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What is a perfect pickpocket victim? Let’s look at the anatomy of a pickpocket victim. I’m thinking of a couple I saw in Barcelona…

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When courtesy is exhausting

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Had to go to the Apple store in the mall last night, and it turned into a long visit while Bob sorted out some…

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Thieves and caves

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Lord and Lady Ball (yes, their real names), enjoyed a week in warm Palma de Mallorca, an annual retreat from the dreary London weather….

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Bob Arno in the news

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Bob Arno, the go-to guy on street scams, was on the NBC Weekend Today show on November 22. He was on Fox & Friends…

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Mumbai

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I feel like celebrating Mumbai, a city I love to visit. I’ve stayed in the Taj Mahal Hotel a couple of memorable times and…

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Scooter-riding bandits

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Stung by a Wasp: Scooter-Riding Bandits Buzz Bob and Bambi I didn’t think it could happen to me. There was no forewarning. One moment…

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Hoodwinked a success

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The Hoodwinked show tour was a resounding success. I’d like to credit the director, Jim Millan, for his vision and clever construction of the…

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Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

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Over-confidence is the enemy of travelers in unfamiliar lands. The know-it-all risks loss and embarrassment. Henry started his story with the wistful remark we’ve…

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Show of cons and scams

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Hoodwinked opened Tuesday night at the gorgeous State Theater in Easton, PA. It was the first show of our five-city east coast tour and…

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Paper interviews Bob Arno re Hoodwinked

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Theatrical pickpockets, con men seek to entertain and educate in …˜Hoodwinked’ Article in today’s Schenectady Daily Gazette

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The cozy-up steal

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Sandy and Frances thought little of the gaggle of girls who flopped onto the bench they were resting on. There were more girls than…

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Laptops lost in airports

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As a very frequent flyer, I can understand that 12,000+ laptops are lost each week in U.S. airports. What’s shocking is that, according to…

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Michael Pollan’s sun-food agenda

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Last month in the New York Times, Michael Pollan wrote an open letter to the president-elect about the importance of revising our entire food…

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The proliferation of Barcelona’s living statues

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Adrian has been a living statue on Barcelona’s Ramblas for two years. He was a chef in Romania before, and part owner of a…

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In memory of Holger Enge

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How did I learn to become a pickpocket? That’s the most common question I get after my presentations and during television interviews. They want…

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choosing the right luggage

Choosing the right luggage for constant travelers

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For very frequent travelers, the right luggage is vital. Bob and I have used aluminum Zero Halliburton luggage forever. It’s heavy and expensive. It…

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A giant version of the paper dosa, with its three little bowls of accompaniments.

Paper masala dosa

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Why did we order two? Paper masala dosa is one of my favorite meals. I order them at every opportunity when I’m in India,…

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Free U.S Gov. Travel Advice

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I started talking about Consular Information Sheets here. Odd but possibly vital information can be found in the Consular Information Sheets regularly posted by…

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Muscat souk

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There was plenty of clowning around in Muscat last week. In the souk, Bob put a camera on a tripod and walked away from…

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Travel is glamorous

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Example of a journey that did not go smoothly. 1. Taxi was late picking us up at home. 2. Taxi reeked of cigarette. 3….

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A false sense of security

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To a pair of pickpockets in London, Lionel Skidmore looked like an easy target. The thieves mounted a bus, then immediately turned and got…

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See Bob Arno live

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Bob and I are proud to announce our mini East Coast tour this November. We’re excited to be doing a ticketed show, open to…

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Retail loss prevention

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The crotch-walk was demonstrated, just before a strip-tease, at the Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference last week. We do get to see some oddball…

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Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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[Finally, a few words from Bob Arno.] As we travel the world every year, we interact with organized crime figures, street criminals, and security…

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Luggage theft at Las Vegas airport carousels

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Big article in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal on bag theft at the McCarran airport carousels. No surprise. This isn’t new. In my book,…

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