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 Greatest Magicians Of All Time (you’ve probably never heard of) Tuesday
    Everyone knows the big names in magic. Copperfield. Angel. Penn. Teller. Johnson. But what about those magicians who’ve made an incredible impact on the art of magic even if they aren’t household names outside of the magic community? H...
  • The magic of manipulation at the Melbourne Magic Festival May 31, 2018
    I have hired a business coach. Her name is Jo Gilbert and she provides me with fantastic advice on how to connect with the business people, teachers and educators who need my services in exploring the art and science of deception. As a creative ty...
  • The shared secret of magic and car crashes Apr 9, 2018
    I got rear-ended last week. I stopped suddenly in slow moving traffic and a black BMW slammed into the back of me, destroying the back half of car and leaving me battered and shaken up. The driver of the car, rather than accepting blame, tried to ...
  • How To Win Monopoly In Just Four Turns Mar 18, 2018
    I don’t know why anyone would want to play monopoly let alone dedicate the time to learning how to play well enough to win. Monopoly is a dull-mean spirited game that tears apart families and ruins lives. That said, if you’re...
  • The greatest con artist movies of all time…and all the other ones. Mar 13, 2018
    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 t...
  • How optical illusions may help diagnose autism Mar 12, 2018
    Watch this little spinning cylinder illusion below. Cool huh? One day, this illusion might be used to diagnose autism. Watching this illusion, it appears like a spinning cylinder. In reality, it is two columns of dots moving in opposite directions...
  • Why so many Melbourne audiences are falling in love with close up magic Mar 11, 2018
    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: Why in the hell is close up magic suddenly s...
  • Why teaching people to think critically fails. And what to do about it. Feb 25, 2018
    “Can critical thinking actually be taught? Decades of cognitive research point to a disappointing answer: not really” – Daniel T. Willingham I’m going to make a confession. I’ve spent over a decade performing The...
  • All magicians are liars Jan 24, 2018
    It is true, I can’t deny it: All magicians are liars. What’s more, I am a magician. Therefore, I am a liar. But here is where things get annoying. Because if I truly am a liar then when I say “All magicians are liars&rd...
  • 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...

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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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