Many of you will remember the series on the Fox network entitled, "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed." If you don't, it basically featured a masked professional magician who revealed how some of the most common magic acts (e.g., sawing a lady in two) were actually done. Although it was interesting for me to learn this, it also removed some of the luster from the world of magic. In fact, I almost wished that I hadn't watch it because, now, whenever I see a magic trick, I am much less impressed. So, let this serve as a warning for you - in this series of articles, I will be piercing the academic veil: sharing what prospective students and faculty need to know about the inner workings of academia.