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 asThe 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. At just eighteen years old, he was invited to join The Magic Circle who sponsored him to develop a successful one-man show in Las Vegas. Within three years, his unique talents had taken him around Europe and across America, and he was invited to create and perform magic during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Now 23 years old, his new one-man show Edward Hilsum: Genie will debut later this year.