Bob Arno is a crime expert and uses comedy to get points about risks across to corporate and private audiences. He is a comedy pickpocket performer with 30 years of performing across four continents behind him. Bob delivers material that results in sustained laughter, but he mixes it with a gripping reality of real-world risks. He delivers thoughtful and timely presentations.
He is regarded as an authority on crime and is a consultant for security, police, and film producers. He and his wife, Bambi Vincent, authored a book How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams. Bob is serious about safety. Yet, he is hysterically funny when he talks about shady con games and audacious thefts.
Bob spent 20 years tracking street thieves in top travel spots to record them in action so he can show audiences what to look for and protect themselves. He is an expert on demeanor and con games. His presentations include recorded conversations with criminals to understand their mindset.
He is currently engaging audiences at corporate events with a high-visual, physically funny show that includes audience participation. He is multilingual so Bob can always make the audience comfortable.
Those who invite Bob back frequently include the Tourism Safety and Security Conferences and pre-Super Bowl seminars for law enforcement and security. He has lectured for various police departments including those in Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, and Detroit, among many others.
Bob has been quoted or featured on most major television channels.
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 the keynote speaker’s own archive. Regularly praised as “fascinating,” “educational,” & “invaluable.”
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-thetrade. 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, this keynote speaker’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.
“Thanks for joining us [at PCI SSC in Orlando] last week. You stole the show. Along with wallets, watches and more. That was the perfect mix of content and comedy.”
“That was awesome! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for both meetings. We’ve received great feedback and truly enjoyed working with you and Bob”
PCI Security Standards Council
“Our conference had 80 presenters, and Bob Arno received one of the highest scores of all of them. Only two others had higher scores. His session was standing-room only.”
National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our conference in Las Vegas this week. I have had a wonderful response to your performance from all of our convention attendees and frankly, you were simply terrific. From the videos I watched, which resulted in our booking you for our convention, I fully expected the level of professionalism in your craft which you demonstrated. The big surprise for all of us was just how truly funny and right on point you were for our audience. The big surprise for all of us was just how truly funny and right on point you were for our audience. I never expected the level of pure entertainment that you brought along in your bag of stealthy tricks! Thank you so much for the energy, the fun and the fabulous performance.”
Mountain Mike’s Pizza
“Bob Arno’s interactive and informative presentation was a huge hit at our conference. Bob combined entertainment with solid content that connected the world of security and internet protection to our segment of the finance industry. We were impressed and delighted that he had our usually serious folks on their feet and laughing, and that he also gave them important information useful in their work. We highly recommend Bob. His presentation was a great success, the audience loved it, and we were thrilled with his unique, funny, informative and interactive approach.”
National Advisors Trust
“Our 75-person program committee, evaluating a booking for the morning session this year, unanimously felt that re-booking Bob Arno was a great choice. And the success of his presentation proved it, confirmed by the many attendees who expressed that he was the best entertainer and comedian that they had seen in the 24 years of our conference. 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.”
“Everyone had an awesome time. Last year’s entertainment was such a hit that we thought it wouldn’t be possible for us top this year. Bob, you topped it! Our clients, employees, and board members were raving about your show. Well done!”
“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 engaged 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.”
NBP Productions Inc.
“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.”
DeceptiCon, Cambridge UK
National Association of Tax Professionals
Merchant Risk Council
American Crystal Sugar Company
Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council
Renfroe Risk Management Solutions
National Advisors Trust
Mountain Mike’s Pizza
E.A.Renfroe & Company
Quality Chekd Dairies
California Grain and Feed Assoc.
The Morning Star Company
Tourism Safety & Security Conference
Midwest Public Risk
Mutual of Omaha
Golden Village Palms
Golden Systems MiddleEast
YPO – Dallas
Unity for Autism