Nicholas J. Johnson: Author • Entertainer • Conman

"This master magician is also a master con man." - Today Tonight

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"A sparkling debut...both entertaining and insightful." - The Age - Melbourne

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"Who would have thought science could be so funny!" - Herald Sun Melbourne

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BLOW OFF: Any technique to get rid of the mark after he has been taken. Also used for the climax of a scam. #con

Now booking high school shows 2016

Nicholas is taking 2016 booking for his award winning high school shows 'Bad Science' and 'Deceptology'. Learn the science behind the deception as students get a crash course in critical thinking. Visit the Bad Science website

Fast and Loose

Joel Fitch used to be a con artist.

That is, until his scam paid off but his life went belly up. Now, two years later, at the ripe old age of 22, Joel has a mattress full of cash and no idea what comes next. The movies never tell you what to do after you’ve walked into the sunset.

Besides, Joel’s past is catching up with him. One of the victims from his con artist days has hunted him down. Far from exacting revenge, though, he wants Joel’s help.

Danny Hemming is a TV journalist on television’s trashiest current-affairs program and he’s looking for someone to give him the inside scoop on the latest scams. And he’s not taking no for an answer.

Once again, Joel finds himself in over his head as he enters the murky world of tabloid television. Blackmailed into helping Hemming uncover and expose the country’s biggest swindlers, Joel is making more enemies than ever.

Fast and Loose is the second novel by Melbourne magician  Nicholas J. Johnson


Read the First Chapter