Who knows your PIN?

James popped in to 'This Day Live' yesterday to chat with James Wright about his West End show 'Man of Steal'. You can hear what he said (and see what he stole!) in this video.

The Arts Show - BBC Radio 2

James was a guest on the Arts Show on BBC Radio 2 this week. chatting with Claudia Winkleman about all kinds of cons, cutpurses and how to stay safe. Listen here.

Dip, nick, pinch & swipe!

When James was interviewed by Official London Theatre on Tuesday, he chatted to their unsuspecting reporter for a couple of minutes before they began filming. “I thought it might be more fun.” he said. Watch what happened next..

Man of Steal transfers to the West End

Due to huge demand, JAMES FREEDMAN: MAN OF STEAL transfers to the Trafalgar Studios, following a sell-out season at the Menier Chocolate Factory. 

James Freedman will steal a whole lot more than you might expect and one member of the audience will lose the most valuable thing possible – it could be you! 

Funny and fast-fingered, this unique and extraordinary show MAN OF STEAL exposes how the bad guys really work as James sahares a life-time spent studying hustlers, street criminals and con-men. 

Hailed a genius in his field by Derren Brown, stealth-crime expert James Freedman is the only man to have picked the pockets of the Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England. You can't afford to miss this show!”

For tickets visit Trafalgar Studios website here

Dip School

James was interviewed by Daily Mail reporter Harry Mount recently and gave some tips on staying safe from pickpockets. You can read the whole article here

PM compares James to a politician!

James was appearing on ITV's This Morning today when Prime Minister David Cameron compared him with Alex Salmond.

The Prime Minister had just finished his interview and Phillip Schofield was introducing crime expert James Freedman by saying: "Up next a man who can pinch your wallet, your watch and even your tie without you ever noticing."

To which Mr Cameron can be clearly heard saying: "Who's that Alex Salmond?"

James has yet to receive an apology.


Quest means Business

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James was on CNN this evening stealing from and talking with Richard Quest about electronic pickpockets and his theatre show Man of Steal. The shock reveal of Richard's PIN number has been cut from the end of the interview to protect the guilty! Watch here

Midweek musings

James was a guest on 'Midweek' on BBC Radio 4 yesterday. You can catch up with BBC iPlayer here

Thief makes Good

James was on BBC London radio today, chatting with Jo Good about his study of pickpockets and his new one-man show. You can catch up on iPlayer here (from 1:09)

Menier snaps up Man of Steal

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We are thrilled to announce that James’ show is coming to London. Here’s the full announcement from the producers:

It has been announced that James Freedman is bringing his show Man of Steal to the Menier Chocolate Factory for six nights between 12th and 27th April 2015.

Freedman is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest pickpocket entertainers.

Funny and fast-fingered, Freedman exposes how the bad guys really work, the show reflecting a life-time spent studying hustlers, street criminals and con-men. Fuelled at an early age by being victim to muggers and further inspired by watching child pickpockets on the streets of Paris, he began a lifelong study of criminology and the psychology of thieves. In his words, “It was then I decided to become a pickpocket myself – only an honest one. I want to educate people to help them avoid becoming victims.”

Hailed a genius in his field by Derren Brown, Freedman is the only man to have picked the pockets of The Mayor of London, The Chancellor and the Governor of the Bank of England. With his hands having been insured for £1m, his expertise is courted by the entertainment industry with his consulting on the film of Les Misérables, and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, the BBC’s Hustle and as The Real Hustle’s ‘pickpocket expert’.

As well as an entertainer, he is in great demand from Police Forces and other security professionals as an advisor, speaker and educator on the subjects of crime prevention, social engineering and fraud – particularly the growing areas of bank card fraud and identity theft. He has recently appeared in a regular slot on the Channel 5’s series Police 5, demonstrating the latest scams and how to avoid them.

Man of Steal is directed and co-written by Edward Hilsum the founder of production company Love Variety.

For more information and to book tickets click here