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

Be Inspired By A Master Swindler

The Melbourne magician who’ll steal the show

I’ve dedicated my life to deception.

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.

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 so 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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Catch Nicholas at Melbourne Magic Festival

A college for con artists, a school for scoundrels and a TedTalk for tricksters, The Confidence Artist is a magic show with a difference. Five shows only. 4-8 July at Northcote Town Hall.

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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