He's a hoaxing genius, a master faker, a poser and a prankster. He's an absurdist, a wool-puller, a super duper, a provocative man of escapades.
He's Alan Abel, and he's seated at a small table in a bustling espresso bar.
But is he who he claims to be? “I get that question all the time,” says the man who lives for the ruse.
With a soft chuckle, he hands over his passport – it has his picture, with the name Alan Abel. “If you knew how many times I've had to pull this out,” he says, adding that the document is indeed legitimate.