The Bad Science Show

Nicholas J. Johnson

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"Bad Science had our students sitting on the edge of their seats...a real treat for staff and students."
De Salle College

“Once again you provided a fantastic show for us. To keep over a hundred boys on the edge of their seats for an hour is an amazing achievement. We're so glad you could be a part of our Science Week program."
Scotch College

44% of teenagers reckon they don’t have the critical thinking skills required to tell fake news from real news.

That means, I could have made that statistic up and almost half of your students wouldn’t know how to call me out.*

The Bad Science Show is a sixty-minute incursion that encourages students to think critically about who they can believe and what science they can trust.

I demonstrate the placebo effect by hammering a five-inch nail into my head. (Really.)

I explore causation and correlation by walking on broken glass with bare feet. (Not even kidding.)

I show why you can’t trust anecdotal evidence by bending a spoon with the power of my mind. (Maybe that one is a little fake.)

Years: 7-10
Length: 60 minutes plus Q&A
Technical Requirements: Data projector with HDMI input, table and chair.
Price: $880 inc GST per show for up to 100 students. Additional students are charged at $8.80 inc GST.

Curriculum Links:
General Capabilities
Critical and Creative Thinking

Science As Human Endeavour
Yr 7 – ACSHE119
Yr 8 – ACSHE134
Yr 9 – ACSHE160
Yr 10 – ACSHE162

Science Inquiry Skills
Yr 7 – ACSIS124
Yr 8 – ACSIS139
Yr 9 – ACSIS164
Yr 10 – ACSIS164

More Reviews

“Bad Science tackles scientific disciplines and subject matter, approaching issues in a scientific manner, and the realistic nature of science in society…I would thoroughly recommend Nicholas J. Johnson’s Bad Science show.”
Angie Carter - Australian Science Festival

"The Bad Science Show was an amazing afternoon and it was a great learning experience and all the girls who attended were left mystified."
St Benedict's College

"I highly recommend Nick as a speaker. It is clear that a life-time of standing in front of an audience and performing makes Nick a natural for communicating ideas and information.”
Ian Griffiths, Australian Skeptics

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

Mathematics, Science , Civics And Citizenship, Ict, Design & Technology.


Critical Thinking, Science In Media, Science, Skepticism, Paranormal, Ghosts, Optical Illusion, Magic, Magicians, Sideshow Stunts, Sideshow, Illusion, Fake News, Pseudoscience


Comedy, Drama, Lecture, Physical Theatre, Workshop


60 minutes


$8 GST per student. Minimum costs apply.

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


Melbourne and Regional Victoria
Some interstate touring. Make an enquiry if you're interested.

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