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Boris Borra (1921 - 1998) was a international pickpocket and magician.

BornBorislav Milojkowic
Jagodina, Serbia
DiedOctober 11, 1998
Graz, Austria

Borra left home at age 15 to travel with the circus, soon developing a pickpocket act.

In 1939, he performed at the Yugoslavian palace where he stole the pocket watch of King Pete and was proclaimed "Borra, the King of Pickpockets and Pickpocket of Kings."

He became an Austrian citizen after World War II, and appeared with the national circus of Switzerland. In England, he became the star attraction of the Bertram Mills Circus as "The Thief of Baghdad". [1] In addition to touring with major European circuses, Borra became one of the highest paid artist of his kind at top night clubs acts. [2]

He performed his act his entire life and passed away after battling cancer for several years.[3][4]

His two brothers, Dragisa and Vojislav, also did pickpocket acts, as well as his son Charly.[5]

Awards and Honors


  1. Borra, King of the Pickpockets, an appreciation by John Fisher, Genii 1996 March.
  2. A Conversation with Borra by David Avadon, Magic, January 1997
  3. Obit, Magic, December 1998
  4. Sheridan Speaks by Jeff Sheridan, Genii 1999 February
  5. Conjuring by James Randi (1992)