Deceptology - The Neuroscience of Magic

Nicholas J. Johnson

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"In a one hour show a magician like Nicholas can do more to explain how scientists think and work than a lot of public lectures I have been to."
- Helen Gardiner (University of Melbourne)

"With undeniable wit and humour, Johnson proceeded to show us how neuroscience can explain most of the magic tricks performed by our favourite magicians."

Here’s the big secret magicians having been keeping under their (top) hats: We don’t fool you, you fool yourself.

​Or, to be more accurate, your brain fools you.

Deceptology isn’t just a magic show; it is an introduction to the extraordinary psychological and neuroscientific principles that make illusions possible.

Your students will have their brains hacked by change blindness, gestalt pattern perception, the motion aftereffect, faulty memory and other principles ripped straight from the psychology classroom.

Created in cooperation with psychologists and neuroscientists from around the world, Deceptology is part magic show, part exposé and part psychology lesson.

The perfect introduction to psychology and neuroscience for secondary students.

To make a booking or enquiry, simply press the GREEN Enquiry/Booking Request Button above right to directly contact the booking team. They will answer you promptly to discuss your booking including when payment will be required.

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Curriculum Links:
VCE Psychology Study
– Processes and reliability of memory
– Neural basis of learning.
– Role of the brain in mental processes and behaviour.
– Cognition and perception

Australian Curriculum
– Critical and Creative Thinking
– Nature and development of science
– Use and influence of science

Special thanks to The Martinez-Conde Laboratory, Centre for Excellence For Integrative Brain Function, Monash University and Swinburne University for their assistance in the development of Deceptology.

More Reviews

"Deceptology is designed to not only entertain audiences with magic tricks and comedy but also to explain how the tricks work and why."
-The Daily Review

Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, Science , Civics And Citizenship, Ict, Design & Technology.


Neuroscience, Science, Psychology, Social Science, Brain Science, Magic, Magician, Theatre, Illusion, Memory, Perception, Change Blindness, Gestalt,


Comedy, Drama, Lecture, Workshop


60 minutes


$795 per show for up to 100 students. $8 per student over 100.

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


MELBOURNE and Victoria all year.
Nicholas J. Johnson tours regularly throughout Australia.
Contact us for dates in your city.
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