Having grown up in the circus around carnies and sideshow folk, Nicholas J. Johnson has had a 25 year career as an entertainer and collector of scams. Fascinated with magic from early age, Nicholas soon learnt that con artists apply the same skills of sleight of hand and psychological manipulation in the real world. Today, he works as performer, writer and consultant based in Melbourne, exposing the world of con artists to the public to better protect themselves.
In 2011 he wrote and produced a documentary on European swindlers who make their living playing the crooked game Three Disk Monte on the streets of Paris, London and Barcelona, gaining unprecedented access to the con artists and their lives.
He has appeared on Today Tonight, A Current Affair, The 7pm Project, Today, Sunrise and Kids’ WB. He appears each week on ABC Statewide Drive presenting ‘Scam of the Week’ with Kathy Bedford. He has performed at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Magic Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nick’s debut novel Chasing The Ace was published on 1 July 2014 by Simon & Schuster, and follow up Fast and Loose was published on 1 July 2015.