TED Talks: The Art of Misdirection

We should all be familiar with the TED Talks by now. If you are not, well… it’s time to change that! In short, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, they are building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. Pretty cool, ha?

There are thousands of recorded talks on the website on different subjects, and if I had the time I could sit and watch them all. So many amazing people from all over the world take part in this movement and encourage you to open your mind and explore your choices, as they did.

The following TED Talk presents Apollo Robbins talking about ‘the art of misdirection’. Even if Mr. Robbins is a master of picking pockets, he is also a possessor of a subtle understanding of human attention, a taste for classic crime, and something he calls “grift sense” — which, as he told the New Yorker , is “stepping outside yourself and seeing through the other person’s eyes, thinking through the other person’s mind, but it’s happening on a subconscious level.”

Therefore, I will leave you experience yourselves the art of misdirection and maybe answer the question Robbins asks at the end:

“Attention is a powerful thing. Like I said, it shapes your reality. So, I guess I’d like to pose that question to you. If you could control somebody’s attention, what would you do with it?”



For me, the answer is simple: I would distract everyone from the unimportant/ less important celebrity issues that seem to take advantage over anything else and direct their attention to what the world needs, hoping to change things for the better. Robbins makes it seem so easy to redirect someone’s attention when it comes to picking pockets. I wish it could be as easy in any other circumstance.

Until next time, open your eyes and your ears to what the world has to tell you!

By Ioana-Alexandra Tache




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