‘CIA Manual’ impresses book columnists

November 27th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

The magic community isn’t the only group to be intrigued with a book about the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and its hiring of an illusionist. Book columnists are captivated, too.

The book is “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception Declassified,” compiled by H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace. Wired News featured a brief writeup of the book and how it was linked to the agency’s efforts at mind control.

The Boston Globe posted its story of the title almost a month ago, and also put together this great image gallery. The Globe coverage was also praised in a review from the L.A. Times, which is intrigued with the book’s connections to the Cold War.


  1. New blog post: 'CIA Manual' impresses book columnists http://blog.ellusionist.com/cia-manual-impresses-book-columnists/

  2. Wow! I always thought it would be advantageous to hire magicians as spies, but never knew it was done!

  3. MagicNewswire on:

    I recently interviewed one of the authors of the book for the MagicNewswire.com website. He was the former head of the CIA’s Technical Services Group. Interesting guy.

  4. Justin Ellinger on:

    ive been a magician for 7 years ever since i was 6 i was wondering how you can become part of ellusionist.

  5. Justin Ellinger on:

    i’ve been a magician ever since i was 6 i’m 15 now i was wondering how you become a part of ellusionist.