Bob Arno Comedy Pickpocket Entertainer and more recently as a criminologist specializing in global street crime

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Bob Arno is a leading international provider of theft risk management solutions for the business and leisure sectors. He is an internationally recognized street-crime and diversion-theft authority specializing in a pervasive, yet little-understood subculture that has created a multi-billion-dollar industry. As an expert on body language and con games...    

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Bob Arno is a leading international provider of theft risk management solutions for the business and leisure sectors. He is an internationally recognized street-crime and diversion-theft authority specializing in a pervasive, yet little-understood subculture that has created a multi-billion-dollar industry. As an expert on body language and con games, Bob narrates his footage with insight and authority. His documentaries reveal amazingly devious con games and brazen thefts.

For the past 20 years, Bob has been “in the field,” tracking and filming real street thieves in action in the world’s top travel destinations. His goal was to bring new material to his presentations, adapted from the latest MOs of the street thieves themselves. His interviews and interrogations of countless criminals have given him a backdoor perspective on the mindset of this underclass. His unique footage of candid conversations and crime-in-action is incorporated into his presentations, shared with police and security forces around the world, and made into documentaries.

Bob’s career has moved from nightclubs to casino showrooms to theaters to industrial entertainment, and spans 30 years of success on five continents. He currently specializes in multinational corporate events, where audiences arrive with vastly varied experience and expectation. Multilingual and highly visual, his physical funny-business and audience participation break all language barriers.

He is a frequent presenter at Tourism Safety and Security Conferences and pre-Super Bowl seminars for law enforcement and security professionals. With exclusive video, live demonstrations, and well-appreciated humor, Bob offers a global perspective on diversion theft techniques and the latest international trends.

Bob Arno is a speaker, entertainer, author, and special lecturer to law enforcement agencies. He has been profiled or quoted on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, ABC’s 20/20, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, Discovery, Court TV, in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, National Geographic Traveler, Law and Order, and others. He has lectured for the Police Departments of Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Honolulu, Anaheim, and many abroad; for Tourism Safety & Security Conferences around the country, and many others; for Kroll & Associates, RSA Security Conference, and more.

He taught an accredited course at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy. With his wife, Bambi Vincent, he is co-author of the book Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams.

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The Art of the Steal
Interactive comedy pickpocket stage show blends hilarity and reality. High-impact, high-comedy, audience participation, ideally 55 minutes long. Bob excels at ice-breaking multinational audiences, and is a powerful closer at gala awards dinners. In the middle of the show, he projects a few minutes of his own footage of real street thieves in action. Audiences always find the video fascinating, and Bob follows it with a comedy spoof. With smart, timely, useful content, audiences learn through their tears of laughter. Different, powerful, side-splitting.

Secrets of the Steal Business
Keynote & comedy: timely security topics for all. Renown travel safety expert Bob Arno shares his entertaining insight through the back door of street crime. Packed with humor and anti-theft advice, this demo-rich, destination-specific presentation is fully customizable and includes relevant video from Bob’s own archive. Regularly praised as “fascinating,” ”educational,” & “invaluable.”

The Illicit Acquisitions Game
Same as above, but less comedy, less fun, concentration on delivery of serious information. Can be booked as a second, separate presentation with The Art of the Steal.

Identity Theft in the Internet Age
Bob Arno is an international street-crime and diversion theft authority. He scouts the world’s major cities to track and film con artists and scamsters in action. His extraordinary footage, frequently used on news- and talk-shows, is a highlight of his presentations. It reveals creative ruses, brazen thefts, secret MOs, and techniques in identity theft never before documented. Many hours of interrogation of thieves have given Bob a unique insight into the mind and manners of identity thieves and their latest tricks-of-the-trade. Bob stresses the importance of simple and serious steps to reduce exposure and risk of ID theft.

Travel Safety: Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams
In today’s climate of fear and suspicion, we all seem to be looking over our shoulders when we travel. But do we know what to look for? Would we know a bad guy if we saw one? Criminologist Bob Arno practically guarantees the safety of his attendees after this show-and-tell lecture. Illustrated with demonstrations, brought to life with video, and peppered with anecdotes, Bob’s upbeat presentation teaches awareness and how to spot suspicious behavior. Talks are tailored for specific audiences according to travel sophistication level, and may be general or customized for particular itineraries. Usually, the world’s favorite tourist destinations are covered. For each country and city discussed, Bob defines the creative ruses used to con or rob a tourist and shows video examples of actual incidents. Each MO is admirable for its sheer deviousness.

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  • Benjamin Media
    “The audience LOVED Bob Arno ... A huge hit with everyone! Attendees at our event were talking about his performance for days. Captivating, funny, an amazing, talented performer. Bob is a MUST for your event. In addition, Bob & Bambi were such a pleasure to meet and work with.”

    North American Society for Trenchless Technology
    "Bob is a MUST for your event. Attendees at our engineering and construction event were talking about his performance for days. Captivating, funny, an amazing, talented performer."

    Mutual of Omaha
    "Bob was awesome. He had the audience in the palms of his hands."

    NBP Productions Inc
    "Bob Arno had the audience spellbound once again. Having worked with Bob for several years now his show keeps getting stronger and stronger. His quick wit and uncanny ability to interact with the entire audience keeps all engagedn and a look of "are you kidding me?" In my over 20 years booking entertainment Bob's "Art of the Steal" is one of the best corporate shows you can choose.

    “After a major internal re-organisation we hired Bob to bring the new teams together and create a shared experience they could relate to. He was highly effective in breaking down barriers and had the team talking for weeks afterwards. Entertaining and engaging as well as informative, I would recommend Bob to anyone looking to create a "talking point" at any event.

    GAMA International
    "Bob Arno was exactly what my members needed to end our conference on a high. Smart, witty, intriguing and hilarious, I have never seen such a reaction from my folks. He was a pure delight to work with both on and off the stage and was the buzz of the conference...definitely!

    “We are honored and pleased that you have participated as a speaker at the opening session of the 14th Microsoft NT Conference 2009, organized between May 25 and May 27 in Portoroz. You really spiced up the keynote at our annual conference! Your terrific performance completely surprised the audience and left them with their mouths wide open in amazement. We can surely proclaim you as one of the highlights of the conference since the word about your keynote show spread around in record time. It's also worth mentioning that you equally impressed both journalists and IT experts at separate sessions. We can therefore recommend you for any event hosting different audiences with different tastes as your energy and outstanding enthusiasm during the show activates everyone in the room.

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