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

The Bad Science Show is a fun and entertaining science incursion for secondary students that explores psuedoscience and critical thinking.

Packed full of magic, science and comedy, The Bad Science Show is performed by award-winning science communicator Nicholas J. Johnson. This sixty minute show includes:
  • The Placebo Effect: How swindlers sell bogus medical treatments.
  • Paredolia: Why the human brain sees ghosts.
  • ESP Experiments: How scientists tried to prove mind-reading exists...and got it wrong.
  • Force & Pressure: How is it possible to walk barefoot on broken glass.
  • Water Divining: Hydrogeology and the search for underground water.

The Bad Science Show has been performed at Australian Science Festival, Science Works, National Science and Technology Centre, National Museum of Australia, Edinburgh Science Festival, CSIRO, Market of The Mind and hundreds of high schools around the world.

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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“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


Comedy, Drama, Lecture, Physical Theatre


60 minutes


$7 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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