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."

Honest con man Nicholas J. Johnson delves deep into the human brain to reveal the psychological and neurological secrets of deception and illusion.

Created in collaboration with leading neuroscientists from around the world, Deceptology is part magic show and part expose.

Rather than simply explaining how the tricks work, Nicholas will explain why.

Quicker Than The Eye: How the structure of the human eye prevents us from seeing the world as it really is.

The Illusion Of Choice: Why our brains often feel like we are making a decision when really, there isn't one.

Bad Memories: How memory works and why everyone from magic show audiences to crime witnesses get it wrong.

Lie Defectors: What is a lie detector and why don't they really work?

The Motion Aftereffect: Why our brains can be tricked into seeing motion when none occurs?

As well as learning the secrets of classic magic tricks students will also learn how this weird psychological and neurological tricks apply to the world around them.

From road safety to sales techniques to forensics, Nicholas will teach students how deception invades our every day life.

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"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


Comedy, Lecture


60 minutes


$795 per show for up to 100 students. $7 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.
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