The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception

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Harper Collins, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 272 pages
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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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Question: Are the tricks and deceptions described by John Mulholland in his CIA manual of magic for spies more James Bondesque or Maxwell Smartish? Answer: Definitely the latter. Many of the hocus ... Read full review

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Invaluable documentation of the ongoing role of black magic in intelligence agencies- linking up Houdini (a double agent), Sadler, Crowley and the NWO agenda of MK-Ultra mind control to the more recent partially declassified Operation Stargate, featuring Uri Geller and the Urntia genocide cult (which was inextricably tied from the beginning so long ago). 


The Legacy of MKULTRA and
Handling of Tablets
Handling of Powders
Handling of Liquids
Special Aspects of Deception
Surreptitious Removal of Objects
Working as a Team
Selected Bibliography

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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.

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