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Weird Warfare: Bizarre Things on the Battlefield

In one part of RAND’s The Exploitation of Superstitions for Purposes of Psychological Warfare, Jean M. Hungerford discussed a book that was written in the previous year, 1949. The title of that book was Magic: Top Secret. Its author was a man, magician and military figure named Jasper Maskelyne. The Magic Tricks website says this of Maskelyne: “Jasper Maskelyne, grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne, was an invaluable resource to his native Britain during World War II. Maskelyne became an integral part of a special unit focused on the action along the Suez Canal. With his great knowledge of illusion, Maskelyne was able to devise ingenious- and very large scale- illusion systems that virtually made tanks invisible from the air, hid whole buildings full of ammunition and supplies, and even made an entire city vanish and reappear several miles away.”

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