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The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception Paperback – Illustrated, November 2, 2010
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From the Back Cover
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 covert 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.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (November 2, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061725900
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061725906
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.4 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is out of date and largely based on behavioral and social customs from the 1950s and 1960s, especially for women tricksters. Many or most of the gestures involve lighting cigarettes, gesturing with cigarettes, offering cigarettes, accepting cigarettes, etc. But helpful: a trickster woman should not make any gesture that would make another woman suspicious. Woman tricksters should move slowly.
N.B.: It is easier to fool someone up close than someone far off
The book emphasizes the importance of knowledge, preparation, practice & patience.
The team operations section was very good.