A once top-secret manual for training CIA field agents in deception and sleight-of-hand was thought forever lost . . . until a single surviving copy was discovered in the agency’s archives
“An enchanting account of espionage and wizardry at their blackest.”
—Peter Earnest, Executive Director of the International Spy Museum
In 1953, a top-secret manual teaching agents sleight-of-hand and other deception techniques was written for the CIA by America’s then most famous magician. All copies were believed destroyed by the CIA’s purge of the infamous MKULTRA documents in 1973, and there was no proof of the manual’s existence . . . until a copy was discovered among the CIA’s recently declassified archives.
The manual reprinted in this work is thought to represent the only surviving copy of magician John Mulholland’s instructions, including: