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Scamapalooza

Scamapalooza

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Scamapalooza

Scamapalooza

Scamapalooza

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Subscribe on iTunes (http://mammth.co/scamapaloozaonitunes)Subscribe on Android (http://mammth.co/scamapaloozaonandroid)Get the Feed (http://mammth.co/scamapaloozafeed)You can’t trust anyone.Particularly not author, entertainer and collector of scams Nicholas J. Johnson.Scamapalooza attempts to separate facts from fraud as Nicholas explores the worlds of deception, illusion and swindles with the rogues gallery of writers, magicians, comedians and confidence artists that are his guests.“Nicholas J. Johnson is the man to talk to about scams.” - ABC Statewide Drive Victoria

Latest Episodes

48 - Counting Cards with Dale Sadler

Imagine you're a professional magician, performing a few card tricks at function when you're approached by a mysterious stranger who wants to make use of your unique set of skills. He wants to turn you into a card counter. That is exactly what happened to Dale Sadler, a magician turn card counter who spent years making his living winning at blackjack at casinos across Australia. On this episode, Dale explains how to card counts, how to gain access to the high rollers room, how to avoid get caught and why he gave it all up.

62 MIN2017 OCT 23
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48 - Counting Cards with Dale Sadler

47 - The Truth About Lies with Dr Celine Van Golde

What would you say is the best method of detecting lies? A truth serum? A polygraph machine? A body language expert? The truth about lie detectors is…they probably don’t work. So why do they show in popular culture on reality tv shows and, most disturbingly, in criminal investigations? And what are the ramifications of putting our faith in these dodgy devices and half baked theories? On this episode of Scamapalooza, Dr Celine Van Golde of the Not Guilty project helps uncover the truth about lies.

46 MIN2017 AUG 25
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47 - The Truth About Lies with Dr Celine Van Golde

46 - Women In Magic with Carissa Hendrix

I have always assumed that it must be hard to be a woman in magic. It’s an industry dominated by men and populated by old guys with outdated ideas of gender, young boys who got into magic to pick up girls and antisocial men of all ages who struggle to talk to ANYONE, let alone members of the opposite sex. We have the organisations like the International 'Brotherhood' of Magicians and The Magic Circle that didn’t allow women to even join until the 1980’s. But is the magic fraternity at hotbed of misogyny who see women’s only value as being sawn in half? On this episode of Scamapalooza I talk to magician Carissa Hendrix about her extraordinary life and the challenges and benefits of being of a woman in magic.

49 MIN2017 JUL 23
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46 - Women In Magic with Carissa Hendrix

45 - The Ethics Of Mentalism with Jon Archer

What’s the difference between a con artist and a magician? A great magician tells you they’re about to lie you. They admit it out right. And then fool you anyway. But a great con artist will suck you in and leave you refusing to believe you were ever deceived. So what then, about mentalism, that branch of magic that brings to life psychic phenomena like psychokinesis and telepathy or that makes extraordinary psychological techniques like neurolinguistic programming or body language reading seem legit. These magicians are often so credible that audiences are left actually believing that the entertainer has abilities that they do not have and often, do not exist. Are they con artist? Is it ethical to lie to an audience in this way? Or is it all just show business? On this episode of Scamapalooza, magician and comedian Jon Archer seeks to get inside the mind…of the mind readers.

49 MIN2017 JUN 30
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45 - The Ethics Of Mentalism with Jon Archer

44 - The Doctor Will See You Now with Dr Vyom Sharma

How do working GPs deal with alternative medicine? These frontline healthcare practitioners have to deal with constant red tape, constant education, strict laws and pesky professional ethics. Alternative medicine practitioners, on the other hand, are so unburdened by professional oversight, rules and regulations that they can sell remedies that do not even work (and in the case of homeopathy, often don't even exist) with few ramifications. On this episode of Scamapalooza Nicholas talks to Dr Vyom Sharma about working as a GP and how to deal with the problem of fake medicine. https://www.vyomsharma.com.au

49 MIN2017 JUN 19
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44 - The Doctor Will See You Now with Dr Vyom Sharma

43 - OzLockCon and Lockpicking with Topaz.

OzLockCon is Australia’s first conference dedicated to locksport and physical security. From the amateur lockpicker to the professional security expert, the conference has something for everyone interesting locks. On this week's episode OzLockCon organiser Topaz talks about the event and explains how to pick a lock. https://ozlockcon.com

32 MIN2017 MAY 30
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43 - OzLockCon and Lockpicking with Topaz.

42 - The Gullibility Test with Alessa Teunisse

Why, given the constant need for people to measure everything from their personalities to their intellect, is there no test for gullibility? Alessa Tenunisse, a pHd student at Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology, has spent several exploring gullibility and it's relationship to scams. On this week's episode, Alessa discusses her work while Nicholas tries to strike it rich with a GQ test. You can help Alessa with her survey here: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cFOQHzCBWX7B76d

39 MIN2017 APR 20
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42 - The Gullibility Test with Alessa Teunisse

41 - Fake News with Toby Halligan

We are living in a golden age of bullshit. Nowhere is this more evident than in the media where fake news is now almost indistinguishable from the real deal. So how do you spot fake news? How do you spot it spreading? And how do you deal with that weird relative wanting to spread pizzagate conspiracy theories on facebook? On this week's episode, satirist Toby Halligan explains how to defeat lies in the era of fake news.

54 MIN2017 MAR 14
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41 - Fake News with Toby Halligan

40 - Paper Moon with Sarah Baggs

It's only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea. And this week's episode is only pop culture queen Sarah Baggs exploring the whimsical and heartwarming world of Paper Moon. From the Peter Bogdanovich film to the Joe David Brown novel to the Jodie Foster starring TV series, Sarah and Nicholas explore what makes this rare con artist film a classic. www.conman.com.au

74 MIN2017 JAN 16
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40 - Paper Moon with Sarah Baggs

39 - The Annals of Gullibility with Stephen Greenspan

Stephen Greenspan has dedicated a large part of his career to explaining why people act gullibly. As a psychologist and author, he’s drawn from research, literature and his own personal experience as a victim of Bernie Madoff to help explain the psychological underpinnings of why otherwise smart people do stupid things. On this week’s episode, Nicholas takes to Stephen about his work, his life and the reason why, if you say the word gullible really slow, it sounds like word oranges.

37 MIN2017 JAN 9
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39 - The Annals of Gullibility with Stephen Greenspan

Latest Episodes

48 - Counting Cards with Dale Sadler

Imagine you're a professional magician, performing a few card tricks at function when you're approached by a mysterious stranger who wants to make use of your unique set of skills. He wants to turn you into a card counter. That is exactly what happened to Dale Sadler, a magician turn card counter who spent years making his living winning at blackjack at casinos across Australia. On this episode, Dale explains how to card counts, how to gain access to the high rollers room, how to avoid get caught and why he gave it all up.

62 MIN2017 OCT 23
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48 - Counting Cards with Dale Sadler

47 - The Truth About Lies with Dr Celine Van Golde

What would you say is the best method of detecting lies? A truth serum? A polygraph machine? A body language expert? The truth about lie detectors is…they probably don’t work. So why do they show in popular culture on reality tv shows and, most disturbingly, in criminal investigations? And what are the ramifications of putting our faith in these dodgy devices and half baked theories? On this episode of Scamapalooza, Dr Celine Van Golde of the Not Guilty project helps uncover the truth about lies.

46 MIN2017 AUG 25
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47 - The Truth About Lies with Dr Celine Van Golde

46 - Women In Magic with Carissa Hendrix

I have always assumed that it must be hard to be a woman in magic. It’s an industry dominated by men and populated by old guys with outdated ideas of gender, young boys who got into magic to pick up girls and antisocial men of all ages who struggle to talk to ANYONE, let alone members of the opposite sex. We have the organisations like the International 'Brotherhood' of Magicians and The Magic Circle that didn’t allow women to even join until the 1980’s. But is the magic fraternity at hotbed of misogyny who see women’s only value as being sawn in half? On this episode of Scamapalooza I talk to magician Carissa Hendrix about her extraordinary life and the challenges and benefits of being of a woman in magic.

49 MIN2017 JUL 23
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46 - Women In Magic with Carissa Hendrix

45 - The Ethics Of Mentalism with Jon Archer

What’s the difference between a con artist and a magician? A great magician tells you they’re about to lie you. They admit it out right. And then fool you anyway. But a great con artist will suck you in and leave you refusing to believe you were ever deceived. So what then, about mentalism, that branch of magic that brings to life psychic phenomena like psychokinesis and telepathy or that makes extraordinary psychological techniques like neurolinguistic programming or body language reading seem legit. These magicians are often so credible that audiences are left actually believing that the entertainer has abilities that they do not have and often, do not exist. Are they con artist? Is it ethical to lie to an audience in this way? Or is it all just show business? On this episode of Scamapalooza, magician and comedian Jon Archer seeks to get inside the mind…of the mind readers.

49 MIN2017 JUN 30
Comments
45 - The Ethics Of Mentalism with Jon Archer

44 - The Doctor Will See You Now with Dr Vyom Sharma

How do working GPs deal with alternative medicine? These frontline healthcare practitioners have to deal with constant red tape, constant education, strict laws and pesky professional ethics. Alternative medicine practitioners, on the other hand, are so unburdened by professional oversight, rules and regulations that they can sell remedies that do not even work (and in the case of homeopathy, often don't even exist) with few ramifications. On this episode of Scamapalooza Nicholas talks to Dr Vyom Sharma about working as a GP and how to deal with the problem of fake medicine. https://www.vyomsharma.com.au

49 MIN2017 JUN 19
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44 - The Doctor Will See You Now with Dr Vyom Sharma

43 - OzLockCon and Lockpicking with Topaz.

OzLockCon is Australia’s first conference dedicated to locksport and physical security. From the amateur lockpicker to the professional security expert, the conference has something for everyone interesting locks. On this week's episode OzLockCon organiser Topaz talks about the event and explains how to pick a lock. https://ozlockcon.com

32 MIN2017 MAY 30
Comments
43 - OzLockCon and Lockpicking with Topaz.

42 - The Gullibility Test with Alessa Teunisse

Why, given the constant need for people to measure everything from their personalities to their intellect, is there no test for gullibility? Alessa Tenunisse, a pHd student at Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology, has spent several exploring gullibility and it's relationship to scams. On this week's episode, Alessa discusses her work while Nicholas tries to strike it rich with a GQ test. You can help Alessa with her survey here: https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cFOQHzCBWX7B76d

39 MIN2017 APR 20
Comments
42 - The Gullibility Test with Alessa Teunisse

41 - Fake News with Toby Halligan

We are living in a golden age of bullshit. Nowhere is this more evident than in the media where fake news is now almost indistinguishable from the real deal. So how do you spot fake news? How do you spot it spreading? And how do you deal with that weird relative wanting to spread pizzagate conspiracy theories on facebook? On this week's episode, satirist Toby Halligan explains how to defeat lies in the era of fake news.

54 MIN2017 MAR 14
Comments
41 - Fake News with Toby Halligan

40 - Paper Moon with Sarah Baggs

It's only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard sea. And this week's episode is only pop culture queen Sarah Baggs exploring the whimsical and heartwarming world of Paper Moon. From the Peter Bogdanovich film to the Joe David Brown novel to the Jodie Foster starring TV series, Sarah and Nicholas explore what makes this rare con artist film a classic. www.conman.com.au

74 MIN2017 JAN 16
Comments
40 - Paper Moon with Sarah Baggs

39 - The Annals of Gullibility with Stephen Greenspan

Stephen Greenspan has dedicated a large part of his career to explaining why people act gullibly. As a psychologist and author, he’s drawn from research, literature and his own personal experience as a victim of Bernie Madoff to help explain the psychological underpinnings of why otherwise smart people do stupid things. On this week’s episode, Nicholas takes to Stephen about his work, his life and the reason why, if you say the word gullible really slow, it sounds like word oranges.

37 MIN2017 JAN 9
Comments
39 - The Annals of Gullibility with Stephen Greenspan
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