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
  • 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...
  • Scamapalooza Live – Media Release Jan 9, 2017
    Australia’s finest bullshit artists join together for Scampalooza Live— an entertaining evening of scams, deception and magic. “This is what live entertainment looks like in a post truth world!” Author, magician and podcast...
  • Episode 38 – I Love You FOCUS with Martin Dunlop Jan 9, 2017
    There are no two con artists films less alike than I Love You Phillip Morris and FOCUS. One is a true story, the other fiction. One is slick and cool, the other bright and slapstick filled. One features two men falling in love in prison while the ...
  • Episode 37 – The Laborastory Jan 1, 2017
    The Laborastory is a science storytelling event in Melbourne that comes to tell the stories of science – the heroes, the egos, the breakthroughs and the mistakes of genius. From forgotten history and lonely laboratories, science and scientis...
  • Episode 36 – Brain Magic with Tony Barnhart Dec 13, 2016
    Anthony “Magic Tony” Barnhart is a cognitive psychologist at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He studies the psychological processes underlying handwritten word perception and the psychological foundations of magic and illusion....
  • Why do intelligent people make such good suckers? Nov 29, 2016
    One of the great shames of my life is that, for a two year period, I believed Mr Ed, the talking sitcom horse, was a zebra. Producers of the show found that zebras are easier to train than horses, particularly ones that they’ve liv...

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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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