The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Magic or spycraft? In 1953, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top-secret program, code-named MKULTRA, to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. Realizing that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions, and powders against the adversary, the CIA hired America's most famous magician, John Mulholland, to write two manuals on sleight of hand and undercover communication techniques. In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed. Mulholland's manuals were thought to be among them--until a single surviving copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the agency's archives.The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications.
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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061725897
  • 9780061725890
  • 284,030

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Entrancing! I was amazed to see how the magician s trade can be twisted to aid in the dark arts of espionage. --Jeff McBride, Creator of The Magic and Mystery School
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"An enchanting account of espionage and wizardry at their blackest." Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the International Spy Museum
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