CIA’s Lost Magic Manual Resurfaces
2009 11 25

By Noah Shachtman |

At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document — and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals — were believed to be destroyed in 1973.

But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception.”

Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and “surreptitious removal of objects by women.”

This wasn’t the first time a magician worked for a western government. Harry Houdini snooped on the German and the Russian militiaries for Scotland Yard. English illusionist Jasper Maskelyne is reported to created dummy submarines and fake tanks to distract Rommel’s army during World War II. Some reports even credit him with employing flashing lights to “hide” the Suez Canal.

But Mulholland’s contributions were far different, because they were part of a larger CIA effort, called MK-ULTRA, to control people’s minds. Which lead to the Agency’s infatuation with LSD, as David Hambling recounted here a few weeks ago:

In the infamous Operation Midnight Climax, unwitting clients at CIA brothels in New York and San Francisco were slipped LSD and then monitored through one-way mirrors to see how they reacted. They even killed an elephant with LSD. Colleagues were also considered fair game for secret testing, to the point where a memo was issued instructing that the punch bowls at office Christmas parties were not to be spiked.


The Boston Globe has put together a great visual summary of some of Mulholland’s best tricks for the CIA: the shoelace pattern that means “follow me”; the hidden compartment to smuggle in an agent; the best ways to appear dumb and non-threatening. Because there’s no better misdirection than appearing to be a fool.

Article from: Wired.com



Images: BostonGlobe.com


Richard Hamlin - Mind Control, Mk-Ultra & Satanic Ritual Abuse

Robert Duncan O'Finioan - Super Soldier

Military Use Of The Occult, Remote Viewing

Stewart Swerdlow - Montauk Project & Mind-Control



Related Articles
Book claims CIA turned blind eye on Pakistan post-9/11 terror links
Botched CIA mission in Siberia revealed
CIA veteran reveals agency’s operations in Tibet
Stop MK ULTRA and all of its secret sub-projects!
The Hitler Escape - Operation Winnie the Pooh
Walter Cronkite: Most Trusted Asset of Operation Mockingbird
Operation Popeye
'Psychological Operations Is My Specialty
Court Documents Shed Light on CIA Illegal Operations in Central Asia Using Islam & Madrassas
Operation Paperclip and Werner Von Braun
“Operation Saucer”: New Revelations
Code Name ARTICHOKE
US Admits Chemical Weapons Tests (BBC, 2002)
CIA Secret 'Torture' Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy
Italian judge convicts 23 Americans in CIA renditions
Former UK ambassador: CIA Sent People to be ‘Raped With Broken Bottles’
`Professor Popsicle' and the CIA
The Men Who Stare At Goats Official Trailer HD (Video)
Rape, child murder: US probes CIA threats
CIA Admits It Misled Congress in Past, Lawmakers Say
Wikipedia for Spies: The CIA Discovers Web 2.0
Death squad leader ‘was top CIA agent’
Richard William Hamlin in Jail? Incest atrocities with connections to Mk-Ultra
From Sex to Blackmail to Elite Mind Control - Can we solve this "Mystery"?
The Remote Viewing Archives


Latest News from our Front Page

VOTER FRAUD: Was the Scottish Independence Referendum Rigged to Fail?
2014 09 20
Was voter fraud committed during the Scottish Independence referendum? It has been confirmed that the names of 10 people were already crossed off a voter list prior them voting inside a polling station. According to reports, the Glasgow City Council confirmed that there were ten cases of suspected electoral fraud occurring at polling stations following the Scottish referendum vote on the 18th. ...
Scandinavians Split Over Syrian Influx
2014 09 20
This exemplifies the insanity of Scandinavia. The narrow victory of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party in Sweden’s elections last Sunday marked a broad shift in its politics. But a new coalition government is unlikely to reconsider one of the country’s most challenging policies: its response to the Syrian civil war. Sweden has taken an open-door approach to people fleeing the conflict, ...
The Israel lobby in United Kingdom - Who Runs Britain?
2014 09 20
Who runs British politics? Who in Britain supports all the wars the UK has been involved in? The Israel Lobby in the UK - Full Documentary By Peter Oborne from Dispatchees Links from Youtube: Zionist attack on western civilization Reed Douglas - The Controversery of Zion Source: youtube.com The cowardice at the heart of UK relationship with Israel Close friends and allies: Prime Minister David Cameron ...
Another Palestinian Mass Grave Discovered, Evidence of Massacre
2014 09 20
Another mass grave discovered, evidence of 1948 Judaic holocaust by bullets, knives and bludgeons against Palestinians. The Israeli military admits to have been surprised by the abilities of Palestinian resistance fighters during its recent war on the Gaza Strip. A top Israeli military official says he’s impressed by the training of Palestinian resistance fighters from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad groups. He ...
Russian Media to be owned by Russians
2014 09 20
Comment: Russian media by and for Russians? Wow, revolutionary! I guess they are stick of foreign oligarchs and zionist with dual citizenship. Duma seeks limits on foreign ownership of Russian media companies A group of opposition lawmakers have prepared a bill that orders Russian mass media companies to have at least 80 percent of their stock held by Russian investors. The bill is backed ...
More News »