Nicholas J. Johnson: Melbourne magician, author and entertainer

"This master magician is also a master con man." Channel 7

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

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“Despite fooling us over and over again, you just can’t help but like him.” Squirrel Comedy

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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 from this Melbourne magician.

Fast and Loose

“Great crime fiction…these books are not just entertaining, they are educational into the bargain” – Australian Crime Fiction

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. 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.

Blackmailed into helping Hemming uncover and expose the country’s biggest swindlers in the murky world of tabloid current affairs, Joel is making more enemies than ever.

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Who is Nicholas J. Johnson?

Nicholas J. Johnson is a Melbourne magician, author and honest con man, exposing the tricks of the con artist’s trade.

His live magic shows have featured at festivals corporate events, gala dinners, cocktail parties high schools and private events simultaneously entertaining and educating audiences about swindlers and scams.

His novels have been called “entertaining and insightful” and “great crime fiction” and his debut novel, Chasing The Ace, was nominated for the Ned Kelly award.

Performing throughout Melbourne and across Australia, Nicholas J. Johnson is cunning, witty and downright amazing.

Just don’t trust him with a deck of cards.

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