James Freedman - Biography

Twice winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year award and a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle, James is also a gifted magician & illusionist and an expert in the art of persuasion. Fusing his considerable performance skills with his knowledge of business (he once worked as a chartered surveyor) he is in great demand as an advisor, speaker and educator.

It's his specialist knowledge as a pickpocket that means James is often sought by police forces and other security professionals to train officers and in 1999 James created headlines when he successfully picked the pockets of senior policemen based at New Scotland Yard.

James Freedman

James has stolen from royalty, heads-of-state and celebrities throughout the world and is the only person to have successfully picked the pockets of the Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of The Bank of England.

Taking his 'art of persuasion' into another world, James qualified as an auctioneer, and has raised more than a million pounds for good causes.

"The world's number one pickpocket"
Time Out

"James is a genius in his field"
Derren Brown

"One of the most polished pickpocket acts to be seen anywhere"
The Magic Circle

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