The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception
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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Review: The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and DeceptionUser Review - Selena - Goodreads
Very useful, though I got bored with it after a while. I'll have to buy this though as I'm sure I'll use it in my writing somewhere. Read full review
Review: The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and DeceptionUser Review - Greg Stoll - Goodreads
Pretty interesting stuff, although the manuscript itself is a tad long-winded. It's worth the reminder that the CIA had all sorts of crazy schemes to kill Castro back in the day! Read full review
The Legacy of MKULTRA and
SOME OPERATIONAL APPLICATIONS
Handling of Tablets
Handling of Powders
Handling of Liquids
Special Aspects of Deception
Surreptitious Removal of Objects
Working as a Team