Popular actor and award-winning stand-up comedian Alan Davies is the eponymous master of illusion, applying his genius to the solution of more seemingly impossible scenes. Jonathan Creek is a quiet but brilliant man who makes a living inventing magic tricks for a famous magician.
Often accompanied by his friend, crime writer Maddy Magellan, together the pair crack a number of baffling hug mysteries, that is until Maddy can no longer afford the time involved. However, Jonathan isn't alone for long, as when recruited by a TV crime programme he is re-united with his ex-girlfriend, Carla Borrego, who is as pushy as Maddy and an equally determined amateur detective. Together they successfully close a number of cases.