Alan Melikdjanian, otherwise known as CaptainDisillusion, is a YouTuber known for debunking viral videos to explain the unbelievable illusions portrayed in them. His unique explanatory vlogs have earned him more than 2 million subscribers.
He grew up touring with his parents, who were circus performers. Then, as a child, he would often copy the styles of Disney animators. Eventually, he'd earn a bachelor's degree in film production.
A filmmaker before launching his YouTube channel, he wrote, directed, and edited the 2006 film Citizen Mavzik.
Both of his parents were Soviet-era circus performers. His father, Vilen, was particularly well known.
He participated in The Amaz!ng Meeting, a science and skepticism conference, with The Amazing James Randi, and the two would later work on video projects together.