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Nicholas J. Johnson: Melbourne magician, author and entertainer

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

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"Hilarious...as good a laugh as he is a con man."

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"A likeable rogue who spices up proceedings with uncanny feats" - The Age

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The Melbourne magician who’ll steal the show

Have you ever been deceived? Swindled? Bamboozled?

As a Melbourne magician, author and speaker I expose the tricks of the con artist’s trade inspiring audiences to think critically and never be swindled again. My shows are like a crash course in con artistry.

I have stolen the watch clean off the wrist of an FBI agent, cheated a group of Canadian mounties at three card monte and baffled top ranking officers of the Australian Federal Police. Not bad for a magician from Melbourne.

After two decades entertaining and educating audiences, I’ve realised that there’s much we can learn how about persuasion, deception and influence from the world of the professional swindler.

Today I work with business, high schools and major events to entertain, educated and make sure that you never get fooled again.

Get in touch to find out more about my con artist, comedy and magic shows in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and around Australia.

Just don’t trust me with a deck of cards…

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See deception up close at Sleight Night

Join me and my friends each month at Sleight Night and witness the best close up magic in Australia. Shows book out early so book now to ensure you don't miss out.

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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.

Read the First Chapter