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The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Peter Earnest
“An enchanting account of espionage and wizardry at their blackest.”
Tony and Jonna Mendez
“Melton and Wallace have achieved the ultimate mastery of the shadow world where CIA’s smoke and mirrors meet Hollywood’s art of magic, deception and illusion. Like any good stage show, the never-before-disclosed techniques are spellbinding. The history of espionage is expanded by this factual, fascinating account.”
Lance Burton
“A legendary ‘lost’ piece of magic history…It’s James Bond meets Harry Houdini!”
Jeff McBride
“Entrancing! I was amazed to see how the magician’s trade can be twisted to aid in the dark arts of espionage.”
Danny Biederman
“Espionage and magic! A special thrill to read the once-classified CIA magician’s manual.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061943331
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 345,179
  • File size: 890 KB

Meet the Author

H. Keith Melton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage "tradecraft." He is the author of several books, including CIA Special Weapons and Equipment, Clandestine Warfare, and The Ultimate Spy Book.


Robert Wallace retired from the CIA in 2003 with thirty-two years of service as an operations officer and senior executive, including an assignment as director of the Office of Technical Services. Wallace is coauthor, with H. Keith Melton, of Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Amazing! Great for book clubs or solo readers!

    This book is fantastic. In the intro they explain how to start your own book club (if you so please). The book is divided into categories like love, war, religion, etc. and with each book they give you info about it and questions to discuss with your book club. They also have little sub sections full of even more great books to read. So great! I cant wait to start reading.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Title says it all

    Great expose of the magicians thought process. The reader should not expect much from declassifed docs, however complete. Does stay true to the magicians code...and the spy ethos by obfuscation and misdirection.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Good read for background in CIA tricks

    This is a fairly good book for people interested in the methods magicians tried to teach to spies back in the 1960s. Those methods and more are now the purview of Apollo Robbins, but he has yet to write a declassified book. The best part of this book is that the techniques will work, even on attentive spies or other magicians.

    The downside is that has moments of being slightly dry, but so does another book, Whiz Mobs from the 1970s, a book about the culture of pickpockets. The best takeaway from these books are changes in the way people think about the process of deception and spy craft in general.

    It is a good companion to the Sleight of Mind, for those doing research into techniques, like these.

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    Report the activities of DarkClan here. <br>
    Location: "Othello" result one or two.

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