Our world is full of illusion — distortions of the senses that bend our reality and let us experience the impossible. It’s been said that illusion is the first of all pleasures. And as far as we know, we humans are the only creatures that experience realities that don’t exist. And create them deliberately.

From grand stage magic, to the visual arts, architecture, fashion and film, devious swindles and cons. The illusions we create are all around us. And experiencing illusion is a fundamental part of what it means to be human.

I’m Brian Earl. And every two weeks, I’ll bring you true stories of impossible things, and the people behind them. Stories of magicians, grifters, artists, and visionaries.