Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cold War-Era Manual Reveals CIA 'Magic'

Published on November 27, 2009

by EU News Network

( and OfficialWire)


A Cold War-era CIA manual instructing agents in the arts of deception and stage-style trickery is headed for U.S. book shelves.

"The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception," written in 1953 by stage magician John Mulholland, includes tips for hiding small objects, handing off documents and spiking food and drinks with "knockout" drops, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Espionage historian Keith Melto and Bob Wallace, a former CIA director, uncovered the manual, the BBC reported Thursday. The new release came from the only surviving copy of Mulholland's work, they said, and the rest were destroyed by the agency in the 1970s.

"Magic and espionage are kindred spirits," former deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin writes in the book's forward. "Mulholland's writing on delivery of pills, potions and powders was just one example of research carried out back then in fields as diverse as brainwashing and paranormal psychology."

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