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
  • The movie that every magician needs to watch Dec 6, 2017
    Can you guess what my favourite movie of all time is? The Prestige? Nope. The Illusionist? Not even close? Now You See Me? Don’t insult me. My all-time number one all time favourite comedy is the 1986 comedy Clue. That’s right, my...
  • I have five books of illusions to give away…or do I! Nov 14, 2017
    Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik’s new book of optical and other illusions culled from the Best Illusion of the Year Contest and their own archives is out! And they have given me five copies to give away. Rather than just being...
  • What do you call an Irishman offering home repairs door-to-door? A con artist. Nov 2, 2017
    That is, at least, according to Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz who this week said that “If anybody knocks on your door that has an Irish accent, automatically ask them to leave” claiming they were scammers who &ldq...
  • Here’s The Scientific Secret Behind Carnival Scams Nov 1, 2017
    If I had to to list my top five things in the world  it would look like this: 1. My wonderful daughter 2. My other, slightly less wonderful daughter* 3. My amazing wife 4. Science 5. Scams That’s why it was so exciting to see numbers 4 ...
  • Champions of Illusion: The Science Behind Mind-Boggling Images and Mystifying Brain Puzzles Oct 23, 2017
    Neuroscientists, magicians and friends of the podcast Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik have a new book of optical illusions culled from the Best Illusion of the Year Contest and their own archives. The book is jammed with extrao...
  • 48 – Card Counting With Dale Sadler Oct 22, 2017
    Imagine you’re a professional magician, performing a few card tricks at function when you’re approached by a mysterious stranger who wants to make use of your unique set of skills. He wants to turn you into a card counter. That is exac...
  • The second Sleight Night proves the magic show wasn’t a fluke Oct 21, 2017
    Fool you once, shame on me. Fool you twice and it might just be the second ever Sleight Night. I’m absolutely loving producing and presenting Sleight Night each month at The Laneway Theatre. On the third Wednesday of every month, I’m b...
  • Sleight Night opening night brings a little magic to Melbourne Oct 5, 2017
    Its take years of planning, procrastinating and prestidigitation but, on 20 September, Sleight Night finally arrived at The Laneway Theatre. The monthly show features the finest close up magicians Melbourne has to offer at a venue custom built for...
  • 47 – The Truth About Lies with Dr Celine Van Golde Aug 24, 2017
    What would you say is the best method of detecting lies? A truth serum? A polygraph machine? A body language expert? The truth about lie detectors is…they probably don’t work. So why do they show in popular culture on reality tv shows...
  • Your password is bad and you should feel bad Aug 23, 2017
    We all have regrets. Dong Nguyen regrets creating the mind numbingly addictive game Flappy Bird. John Sylvan feels responsible for the environmental affects of coffee pods. I regret that brief period in the eighties I had a rats tail. And Bill Bur...

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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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