As a pentester and former street magician, I have used distraction and trickery to divert the attention of a target, mostly through social engineering. This has helped me professionally and during parties. A 2014 article written by Kacey Henley lists some of the old fashioned short and long cons (albeit names vary) that still work through social engineering, sleight of hand and anything from elaborate to simple schemes. From snake oil to straight up pick pocketing.
Check it out! Be aware and stay sharp.