9 episodes

In 2013, Damon Lawner went from being a broke family man to a sex club kingpin when he founded SNCTM: the most elite sex club in the world. Damon created a place where billionaires and Hollywood celebs could explore their wildest sexual fantasies – but it ultimately turned his life upside down. Join host Karley Sciortino as she explores our most hidden desires – and uncovers the story of SNCTM.

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    • 4.8 • 276 Ratings

In 2013, Damon Lawner went from being a broke family man to a sex club kingpin when he founded SNCTM: the most elite sex club in the world. Damon created a place where billionaires and Hollywood celebs could explore their wildest sexual fantasies – but it ultimately turned his life upside down. Join host Karley Sciortino as she explores our most hidden desires – and uncovers the story of SNCTM.

    Welcome to the Sex Party!

    Welcome to the Sex Party!

    Our story begins in 2013, with Damon Lawner penniless, jobless, and contemplating suicide. But then, one night, he watches Stanley Kubrick's film Eyes Wide Shut — ya know, with that iconic illuminati sex party scene — and he gets a spark of inspiration. He decides that his new mission in life is to launch a sex club for wealthy Hollywood elites interested in ritualistic sex. Obviously. But he has no idea what’s in store for him.
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    • 37 min
    Not the Only Pervert in Town

    Not the Only Pervert in Town

    Damon starts hosting his raucous sex parties monthly, at various secret locations around LA. Two longtime SNCTM performers recall their early days at the club – including Damon’s unconventional hiring practices. As his luxury sex empire grows over SNCTM’s first two years, Damon becomes increasingly tempted by the world that he’s created – and it starts to get messy. 
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    • 41 min
    Everyone Else is Crazy and I'm Sane

    Everyone Else is Crazy and I'm Sane

    Damon moves into a Tudor mansion in Holmby Hills—quickly dubbed The Sanctum Mansion—where he both lives and hosts the parties. Damon declares his newly discovered non-monogamous status to Melissa, which ultimately leads to their breakup. But what ended their relationship actually made others stronger. We explore how sex clubs like SNCTM can provide a release valve for the pressures of monogamous relationships – even with the jealousy and anxiety (and a skyrocketing lube budget). But in the search for sexual enlightenment, Damon’s reality doesn’t reflect what he had imagined.
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    • 36 min
    No Such Thing as a Free Orgy

    No Such Thing as a Free Orgy

    Damon’s personal life is up in flames, but the club’s success is skyrocketing. Due to SNCTM’s wild popularity, Damon creates a more elite tier of Sanctum membership – called “Dominus” – which costs tens of thousands of dollars and involves a blood oath initiation ceremony. This brings a new level of wealth and status to the club – at least among the men. For women, their looks were their currency. And, as Damon finds out, money doesn’t mean happiness.
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    • 37 min
    There's a Way Out

    There's a Way Out

    In this episode, we take a look back at Damon’s life before SNCTM — a story that is both spectacular and harrowing. Damon and his younger sister Hadria reflect on growing up in the Bay Area in the 1970s, in an environment laced with alcohol, drugs, neglect and abuse. These early experiences establish a sharp contrast between success and scarcity in Damon’s life as he dabbles in modeling, real estate, and starting a family – before finally losing everything and fleeing to Bali. And somehow, all of this leads him to launching “the most elite sex club in the world.” 
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    • 46 min
    Are You Interested in an Arrangement?

    Are You Interested in an Arrangement?

    Sex work was happening at SNCTM in various forms. The monthly party became known for its elaborate live sex shows, but there were other, more gray areas of exchange of sex for money happening, too. And as side hustles and “arrangements” became more popular, Damon found himself walking a fine line of morality, legality, and negotiating consent in an environment of wealth, excess and entitlement. 
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 Ratings

Granitemapleoak ,

Fascinating

Fascinating in so many ways. Not only the discussion of sexual proclivities and issues of consent and gender disparities, but also the sheer entrepreneurial aspect of the inspiration for and creation of the club.
Well presented and easy to listen to. An excellent podcast.

saljohar ,

Narrator is distracting

Overall the podcast is fine. The narrator is distracting—voice intonations, “jokes” that aren’t funny and slang that sounds dated and Valley-girl.

wowsers virus ,

Cool

Good podcast, the narrator tries to talk like one of the guys, which is annoying, but she gets the story! Its like the narrator is trying to be a comedian, and there is no one to laugh. Worth the listen tho

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