To disappear in the real world, you need an overseas bank account, some pre-paid cell phones and an uncanny awareness of where potential surveillance cameras might be hiding.
According to former detective Frank Ahearn, the worst thing you can do is try to fake your own death.
"The problem with faking your own death: If you don't leave a limb behind...Nobody really believes it," Ahearn told Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City.
Click on the play button above to hear more about the challenges of disappearing and taking on a new identity. It's fascinating stuff.