Bob’s high-impact, audience participation presentations are for small to huge audiences. His hilarious exposés blend laughs with learning while his spectacular show of classic thievery reveals the sly tricks of pickpockets plying city streets worldwide. A few minutes of exclusive video showing actual street thieves informs, amazes, and preludes Bob’s surprising take on how it really happens—with a comedy twist.
Time magazine called him “the world’s foremost expert on the techniques of first-rank pickpockets.” Ongoing research on global street crime has made Bob Arno the authority most consulted by police, security experts, and film producers.
He is co-author (with his wife, Bambi Vincent) of the book Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams.
For the past twenty-some years, Bob has been “in the field,” tracking and filming real street thieves in action, in the world’s favorite travel destinations. His goal was to bring new material to his presentations, adapted from the latest MOs of the street thieves themselves. Bob succeeded in that endeavor, and much more. After realizing that people are universally intrigued by this common crime viewed from the inside out, he brought an educational content to his comedy shows that audiences absorb with fascination, right through their tears of laughter.
Bob’s career has moved from nightclubs to Las Vegas showrooms to theaters to industrial entertainment. 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 language barriers, amazing and amusing all. Bob’s ConMan Comedy is truly cross-cultural comedy.
Bob is also 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 who has spent his career tracking and filming street thieves in action. His extraordinary footage is frequently used on news- and talk-shows around the world. Bob is an expert on body language, con games and risk management. His television documentaries reveal amazingly devious con games and brazen thefts.
Bob is a frequent presenter at tourism and security conferences around the world, and trains law enforcement and NATO intelligence professionals both in the USA and in Europe. With exclusive video, live demonstrations, and well-appreciated humor, Bob offers a global perspective on the latest criminal trends covering credit card fraud, ID theft, and common street crimes.
Why Book Bob Arno?
Bob Arno’s high-impact, cross-cultural, audience-participation comedy pickpocket show is suitable for everything except a pool party. That means after-dinner in a ballroom or theater setting, cocktail parties, hospitality suites, between boring speakers, gala finales, etc.
As a speaker and educator, Bob includes humor, video, and live demonstrations. His topics in the travel and security fields are fascinating, pertinent, and useful for anyone who travels, even just across town. His keynote presentations are usually used in a morning or noon session, often the day after he has presented his comedy show, to the same audience. His comedy and keynote presentations can be combined into one “edutainment” performance.
Many market sectors today are concerned with risk, fraud, internet security and safety for their traveling employees. All these subjects are within Bob’s expertise and keynote options. Risk management is a growing necessity and conference topic of which Bob Arno simply has no competition.