external image run_polaroid.jpg Welcome To The Encyclopedia of Scams

The goal of The Encyclopedia Of Scams is to eventually feature every scam, trick, cheat and swindle ever perpetrated against the world's suckers.

It's not about warning rubes.

It's not about teaching criminals.

It's about having some fun with the incredible world of the con artist!

The navigation bar to the left will provide you with a list of common scams, a few interesting sub-categories and a glossary to help tell your pigeon drop from your cackle bladder.

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Click here for a menu of all of the scams.

  • Dice: Every thing you need to know about cheating with dice.
  • Cards: Manipulating pasteboards for beginners.
  • Poker Machines: Beating the slots.
  • Bar Bets: Never pay for a drink again
  • Betting Systems: Dodgy systems designed to beat the odds.
  • Pool, Snooker etc: Are you the next hustler? If not, these easy pool hustles are fun.



The Blog

Melbourne magician, author and con man | Nicholas J. Johnson
  • 44 – The Doctor Will See You Now with Vyom Sharma Monday
    How do working GPs deal with alternative medicine? These frontline healthcare practitioners have to deal with constant red tape, constant education, strict laws and pesky professional ethics. Alternative medicine practitioners, on the other hand, ...
  • Become a professional con artist at Melbourne Magic Festival Jun 18, 2017
    In case you haven’t figured out yet, I love the world of the professional con artist. After  close to three decades learning the tricks of the trade, I’m still obsessed It does matter if it is the simplest magic tricks or the...
  • The Melbourne Magic Festival Turns 10 Jun 5, 2017
    What do cheese, salami, drag queens and Game of Thrones themed wine tasting have in common? They all have Melbourne festivals dedicated to them in. The city that I call home will host a festival for anything. From coffee to underground film t...
  • A Gripe About Gripe Water Jun 5, 2017
    I have a new baby which is great for me because I happen to love babies. Particularly babies that I made myself. Unfortunately, this baby has terrible gas. No matter what combination of rubbing, patting, tickling and swinging around by her legs we...
  • 43 – OzLockCon and Lockpicking with Topaz May 30, 2017
    OzLockCon is Australia’s first conference dedicated to locksport and physical security. From the amateur lockpicker to the professional security expert, the conference has something for everyone interesting locks. On this week’s episod...
  • Episode 42 – The Gullibility Test with Alessa Teunisse‏ Apr 20, 2017
    Why, given the constant need for people to measure everything from their personalities to their intellect, is there no test for gullibility? Alessa Teunisse‏, a pHd student at Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology, has spe...
  • Episode 41 – Fake News with Toby Halligan Apr 15, 2017
    We are living in a golden age of bullshit. Nowhere is this more evident than in the media where fake news is now almost indistinguishable from the real deal. So how do you spot fake news? How do you spot it spreading? And how do you deal with that...
  • Why can’t Donald Trump shake hands? Feb 13, 2017
    In recent days, the media has become obsessed with Donald Trump’s complete inability to shake hands like a normal human being. What is Trump trying to do? And why does he look so weird? Why do people look so uncomfortable when faced with his...
  • Episode 40 – Paper Moon with Sarah Baggs Jan 16, 2017
    It’s only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea. And this week’s episode is only pop culture queen Sarah Baggs exploring the whimsical and heartwarming world of Paper Moon. From the Peter Bogdanovich film to the Joe David Brown no...
  • Episode 39 – The Annals Of Gullibility with Stephen Greenspan Jan 16, 2017
    Stephen Greenspan has dedicated a large part of his career to explaining why people act gullibly. As a psychologist and author, he’s drawn from research, literature and his own personal experience as a victim of Bernie Madoff to help explain...

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Radio Show
You can catch me live on ABC radio each Wednesday from 3:30 on the following Australia radio stations. However, we're currently taking a break while I'm overseas on tour.

Alexandra 102.9 FM | Albury/Wodonga 106.5 FM | Apollo Bay 89.5 FM | Ballarat 107.9 FM | Bendigo 91.1 FM | Bright 89.7 FM | Cann River 106.1 FM | Corryong 99.7 FM | Eildon 97.3 FM | Goulburn Valley 97.7 FM | Horsham 594 AM | Latrobe Valley 100.7 FM | Mallacoota 104.9 FM | Mansfield 103.7 FM | Mildura/Sunraysia 104.3 FM | Murray Valley 102.1 FM | Myrtleford 91.7 FM | Omeo 720 AM | Orbost 97.1 FM | Portland 96.9 FM | Sale 828 AM & 100.7 FM | Warrnambool 1602 AM | Western Victoria 94.1 FM

Best Wishes ,
Nicholas J. Johnson
Australia's Honest Con Man
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