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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
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 covert communication
In 1973, virtually all documents related to MKULTRA were destroyed.
Mulholland's manuals were thought to be among themuntil a single surviving
copy of each, complete with illustrations, was recently discovered in the
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.