James Freedman is widely considered one of the world’s greatest pickpockets.
An entertainer and an expert on stealth crime, he is the only person to have picked the pockets of the Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England. No wonder then that his hands have been insured for £1 million.
His one-man show, James Freedman: Man of Steal won critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Festival and in 2015 enjoyed sell-out runs at both the Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios Theatre in London’s West End. He has entertained at the London Palladium, 10 Downing Street and has appeared by Royal Command on several occasions.
In the corporate world, James is in great demand as a speaker on the subjects of crime prevention, social engineering and fraud where he uses his performance skills and business knowledge to change employees’ awareness of risk and reduce companies exposure to fraud. He has advised the Metropolitan Police and been appointed by the City of London Police as the UK’s first Fraud Prevention Ambassador. In this role James works with the police to raise awareness of modern stealth and cyber crime across the UK.
James also works as a specialist movie adviser and trained actors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, for Polanski’s Oliver Twist. He coached the cast of Les Misérables in the art of street thievery and was a special pickpocket advisor on the hit BBC drama Hustle and the BBC scam show, The Real Hustle.
His work won an Intermedia-Globe Silver Award at the WorldMediaFestival in 2010.