Welcome to the Scamopedia, a repository of the greatest scams, swindles and deceptions from history and the headlines. It is also the home of Scamapalooza, Nicholas’ podcast in which he interviews con artists, magicans, scam historians and other reprobates.

The greatest con artist movies of all time…and all the other ones.

Years ago, I wrote a long list of every single con artist movie ever with the goal of seeing each one. That list became my novel Chasing The Ace, the story of a young scam fan who has seen one too many movies and thinks he has what it takes to be a con artist.

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How optical illusions may help diagnose autism

Watch this little spinning cylinder illusion below. Cool huh? One day, this illusion might be used to diagnose autism.

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Why so many Melbourne audiences are falling in love with close up magic

Every month, I run an evening of close up magic with four of my magician buddies at The Laneway Theatre in Northcote. And every month, this is what I end up seeing when I log in to the ticketing system:

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Why teaching people to think critically fails. And what to do about it.

“Can critical thinking actually be taught? Decades of cognitive research point to a disappointing answer: not really” – Daniel T. Willingham

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