"Beat The Cheat" (Performance)

A magic show about games and game show about magic. If you’ve ever stolen money from the bank in Monopoly, bumped the table in Jenga or peeked at your nanna’s cards while playing Go Fish, this is the show for you.

Join the Café Games crew there on Tuesday 9th, or come on any of the nights 9-13 July - check the comments below for the special discount code.

Nicholas J. Johnson is a no good dirty rotten cheat. So when he invites you to play an incredible new game that he’s invented, you probably shouldn’t come…

Beat The Cheat combines card cheating, swindling, psychological manipulation and good old fashioned board games into a comedy magic show where everyone is a winner. But watch out, Nicholas will stop at nothing to keep you from crossing the finishing line first.

With special guest Ben Mckenzie.

“Clever, cunning and incredibly funny” – Rip It Up; “Hilarious…as good a laugh as he is a con man!” - Herald Sun; “There’s more to this performer than meets the eye (or often doesn’t when the sleight of hand gets out of hand).”- Canberra Times

More information: http://melbournemagicfestival.com/speaker-lineup/beat-the-cheat/

Join or login to comment.

  • Christopher

    Chee, you asked about the soft music at the end of the show ... actually it was the kinda creepy "end credits" that appear when you complete the computer game "Portal". In the game you are a lonely captive test subject who is being "encouraged" to run through all sorts of military test rooms by a the omipresent voice of a psychotic computer who makes all sorts of deranged and passive-aggressive threats and also frequently promises a fictional delicious cake for completion of the tests. It's the computer you hear singing in the song.
    One way of ending the game is to destroy the computer and escape... But the song comes after that. Perhaps the computer didn't die? Was this just another test? Is it still alive, still doing science?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI

    I've never played the game, but I know the story and it's a great song.

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Simon

    flu :(

    July 9, 2013

  • Christopher

    Remember to book your tickets, everyone!
    Yes I know this is different from the normal magic shows I run, but I figured this time it was easier this way. :-)

    July 9, 2013

  • Ben F.

    I'm a strong maybe - I'll come if work allows it.

    2 · July 1, 2013

    • Christopher

      They don't approve of you seeing shows? ;-)

      July 1, 2013

    • Ben F.

      Not when I am booked for a shift. Sadly Tuesday I am, but I'll see the show another night.

      July 7, 2013

  • Tam (.

    Can't make this one, but I'll be there on Thursday :)

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Rosie

    also a strong maybe.....if back from Tassie :)

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Christopher

    Tickets are usually $20 , but we have a special rate of $13 if you mention the promo code "mousetrap" while booking either over the phone or via the website http://melbournemagicfestival.com/speaker-lineup/beat-the-cheat/

    July 1, 2013

    • Christopher

      Show runs 9-13 July in case you can't make the Tuesday.

      July 1, 2013

  • Christopher

    Nicholas J. Johnson
    Once described as “Australia’s number one con man” Nicholas J. Johnson is a magician and comedian who specialises in the world of the professional swindler. The self proclaimed ‘honest con man’ exposes swindlers for schools and businesses as well as on The Project, A Current Affair, Today Tonight, Sunrise and ABC radio. He is also the host of Nicholas J. Johnson’s True and False and Bucket of Doom on Channel Nine’s Kids WB. His favourite game is blackjack.

    July 1, 2013

  • Christopher

    Ben Mckenzie
    Comedian, game designer and actor Ben Mckenzie is ‘geek comedy’s patron saint’ (t-squat magazine). He is the veteran of seven Melbourne Comedy Festivals, a game designer for Pop Up Playground and Freeplay and the co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons themed impro comedy show, Dungeon Crawl. His favourite game is Ticket To Ride.

    July 1, 2013

9 went

Your organizer's refund policy for "Beat The Cheat" (Performance)

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy