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Any good books about Jasper Maskelyne, particularly analysis of his wartime strategies?
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There is also an autobiographical work by Jasper Maskelyne titled "White Magic", which tells the story of his family. It was published in 1936 and obviously pre-dates his wartime exploits.

It's a good read though in which he talks a lot about his father (Neville)and grandfather (J.N.). His grandfather's inventions and his business relationships with both Devant and Cooke.

It is out of print but there are occasional copies advertised.

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War magician is an interesting read however not entirely factual. If you do a goggle, you will find that a great amount of the legend of his contributions to the War Effort were greatly embellished.

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Interesting stuff. I am mostly curious about the theory of applying magic to military intelligence work. It's an unusual and interesting subject.
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You might want to check out the new book by Ben Robinson on John Mullholland/CIA.

The War Magician does give you some interesting applications though the credit to whom they belong is dubious.

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Dunninger also offered to help the military by using magic techniques.
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Cool!
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It seems that Jasper Maskelyne was more of a self-promoter than an actual creator of WWII deceptions. A very thoroughly researched and documented work by Richard Stokes, titled "Jasper Maskelyne, Master of Make Believe: The Real Story Behind the War Magician" debunks much of the stuff credited to Maskelyne (and for which he was apparently happy to take credit for) in the David Fisher book and the subsequent History Channel "documentary" based on it -- some of which (e.g., "moving" the city of Alexandria and making the Suez Canal "invisible") never happened and most of what DID happen was done by others. You can find Stokes work at http://www.maskelynemagic.com. I believe some of the more significant findings are being readied for publication in Genii some time in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

If you are seriously interested in other sources of information re: deceptions in warfare (some involving magicians, but most not) PM me and I can provide a long list of references.
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