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Jasper Maskelyne

Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (2009)

ISBN 10: 0486471772 ISBN 13: 9780486471778

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About this Item: Dover Publications Inc., United States, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A charming glimpse of stage magic in the early twentieth century, this engaging manual s time-honored tricks range from sleight of hand with coins, cards, and rope to thought-reading and juggling. Written by a famous magician, its tried-and-true feats and performance tips are illustrated by sixty figures and thirteen vintage photographs. A British stage magician of the 1930s and 40s, Jasper Maskelyne was a third-generation performer in a well-known family of illusionists. During World War II, Maskelyne assembled a squad known as the Magic Gang to misdirect Axis bombers and camouflage the activities of the Allied forces with illusions of tanks, battleships, and armies. This new edition of his captivating classic features an introduction by magic historian and author Edwin A. Dawes that recounts Maskelyne s larger-than-life career and exploits. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486471778

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Jasper Maskelyne

Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (2009)

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About this Item: Dover Publications Inc., United States, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A charming glimpse of stage magic in the early twentieth century, this engaging manual s time-honored tricks range from sleight of hand with coins, cards, and rope to thought-reading and juggling. Written by a famous magician, its tried-and-true feats and performance tips are illustrated by sixty figures and thirteen vintage photographs. A British stage magician of the 1930s and 40s, Jasper Maskelyne was a third-generation performer in a well-known family of illusionists. During World War II, Maskelyne assembled a squad known as the Magic Gang to misdirect Axis bombers and camouflage the activities of the Allied forces with illusions of tanks, battleships, and armies. This new edition of his captivating classic features an introduction by magic historian and author Edwin A. Dawes that recounts Maskelyne s larger-than-life career and exploits. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486471778

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Stroud, Rick

Published by London : Bloomsbury (2012)

ISBN 10: 140882910X ISBN 13: 9781408829103

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About this Item: London : Bloomsbury, 2012. First Edition. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dust wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 275 pages; Physical description; 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Summary; In 1940 a group of artists, sculptors, film makers, theatre designers and set painters came together to form the Camouflage Unit. Led by Major Geoffrey Barkas and including among their number the internationally renowned stage magician Jasper Maskelyne, the unit's projects became a crucial battlefield weapon. At the siege of Tobruk the unit made a vital desalination plant appear to have been destroyed by enemy bombers; from then on they used their storytelling skills to weave intricate webs of deception, making things appear that weren't actually there, and things that were, disappear, to deceive the enemy. Their stage was the enormous, flat and almost featureless Western Desert. The unit's schemes were so successful that in August 1942 the Unit was ordered by General Montgomery to come up with a way to hide the preparations for the Battle of Alamein, the biggest battle the 8th Army had ever fought. 'Operation Bertram' was born. In six short weeks two divisions, with armour, field guns and supporting vehicles, were conjured from the sand, while real tanks and lethal twenty-five pound field guns vanished from sight. Then, on the eve of the battle, the unit performed the biggest conjuring trick in military history. Right in front of the German's eyes they made 600 tanks disappear and reappear fifty miles away disguised as lorries. Rommel had been bamboozled by an army made of nothing but string and straw and bits of wood. The Phantom Army of Alamein tells for the first time the full story of how some of Britain's most creative men put down their brushes, pencils and cameras to join the rest of the world in the fight against the Nazis and played a vital role in the winning of the war. BiographyRick Stroud is a writer and film director. He is the author of The Book of the Moon and, with Victor Gregg, co-author of the acclaimed Rifleman: A Front-line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. He lives with his wife on a houseboat in Chelsea, London. Subjects; El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942. World War, 1939-1945 - Deception - Egypt. World War, 1939-1945 - Camouflage. Military history ; Battles & campaigns ; World history: Second World War. African history: from c 1900 - Egypt. Second World War, 1939-1945. 275 pp. Seller Inventory # 226668

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Stroud, Rick

Published by London : Bloomsbury (2012)

ISBN 10: 140882910X ISBN 13: 9781408829103

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About this Item: London : Bloomsbury, 2012. First Edition. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dust wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 275 pages; Physical description; 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Summary; In 1940 a group of artists, sculptors, film makers, theatre designers and set painters came together to form the Camouflage Unit. Led by Major Geoffrey Barkas and including among their number the internationally renowned stage magician Jasper Maskelyne, the unit's projects became a crucial battlefield weapon. At the siege of Tobruk the unit made a vital desalination plant appear to have been destroyed by enemy bombers; from then on they used their storytelling skills to weave intricate webs of deception, making things appear that weren't actually there, and things that were, disappear, to deceive the enemy. Their stage was the enormous, flat and almost featureless Western Desert. The unit's schemes were so successful that in August 1942 the Unit was ordered by General Montgomery to come up with a way to hide the preparations for the Battle of Alamein, the biggest battle the 8th Army had ever fought. 'Operation Bertram' was born. In six short weeks two divisions, with armour, field guns and supporting vehicles, were conjured from the sand, while real tanks and lethal twenty-five pound field guns vanished from sight. Then, on the eve of the battle, the unit performed the biggest conjuring trick in military history. Right in front of the German's eyes they made 600 tanks disappear and reappear fifty miles away disguised as lorries. Rommel had been bamboozled by an army made of nothing but string and straw and bits of wood. The Phantom Army of Alamein tells for the first time the full story of how some of Britain's most creative men put down their brushes, pencils and cameras to join the rest of the world in the fight against the Nazis and played a vital role in the winning of the war. BiographyRick Stroud is a writer and film director. He is the author of The Book of the Moon and, with Victor Gregg, co-author of the acclaimed Rifleman: A Front-line Life from Alamein and Dresden to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. He lives with his wife on a houseboat in Chelsea, London. Subjects; El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942. World War, 1939-1945 - Deception - Egypt. World War, 1939-1945 - Camouflage. Military history ; Battles & campaigns ; World history: Second World War. African history: from c 1900 - Egypt. Second World War, 1939-1945. Hardback Kg. 275 pp. Seller Inventory # 226668

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Fisher, David

ISBN 10: 0304367095 ISBN 13: 9780304367092

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About this Item: Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001776269

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Fisher, David; Garvey, William; Willis, Clint

Published by Corgi, UK (1985)

ISBN 10: 0552125091 ISBN 13: 9780552125093

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About this Item: Corgi, UK, 1985. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Account of Jasper Maskelyne's work on camouflage during the 2WW. pp425. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 004161

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-McCann, New York (1983)

ISBN 10: 0698111400 ISBN 13: 9780698111400

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About this Item: Coward-McCann, New York, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. 1st Edition. Very good + copy. (see picture) 315 pages. Seller Inventory # 010780

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Fisher, David (1946-?)

Published by New York : Coward-Mccann (1983)

ISBN 10: 0698111400 ISBN 13: 9780698111400

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About this Item: New York : Coward-Mccann, 1983. First Edition. Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. ; 315 pages; Description: 315 p. , [9] p. Of plates : ill. , ports. ; 24 cm. Subjects: Maskelyne, Jasper. World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage. Great Britain. History--George VI, 1936-1952. Magicians--England--Biography. Seller Inventory # 72096

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Fisher, David (1946-?)

Published by New York : Coward-Mccann (1983)

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About this Item: New York : Coward-Mccann, 1983. First Edition. Fine cloth copy in a near fine, very slightly edge-nicked and dust-dulled dw, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and sharp-cornered. ; 315 pages; Description: 315 p. , [9] p. Of plates : ill. , ports. ; 24 cm. Subjects: Maskelyne, Jasper. World War, 1939-1945--Camouflage. Great Britain. History--George VI, 1936-1952. Magicians--England--Biography. Hardback Kg. Seller Inventory # 72096

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-McCann, New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward-McCann, New York, 1983. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. First edition, hardcover, touch of soiling to page edges, remainder stamp to top edge, bump to top edge of front board, light bumps to spine ends, otherwise a VG+ copy in like dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 14373

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward, McCann New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward, McCann New York, 1983. First Edition ~1st Printing Hardcover good in vg jacket, in fresh mylar cover; lite bumping to board corners, small spot of soiling on top of pageblock, remainder stamp on bottom of pageblock, small chips/tears to jacket edges else a tight square unmarked copy in unclipped dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 32305

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David Fisher

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2004)

ISBN 10: 0297846353 ISBN 13: 9780297846352

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About this Item: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover in Fine condition with Fine dustwrapper. First edition, pp 342, b&w illustrations. Jasper Maskelyne was a world famous magician and illusionist in the 1930s. When war broke out, he volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Eygpt where the desert war had just begun. He used his skills to save the vital port of Alexandria from German bombers and to 'hide' the Suez Canal from them. He invented all sorts of camouflage methods to make trucks look like tanks and vice versa. Working for military intelligence, he put on a stage show inside the Royal Palace in Cairo in order to locate an enemy spy's radio transmitter. On Malta he developed 'the world's first portable holes': fake bomb craters used to fool the Germans into thinking they had hit their targets. His war culminated in the brilliant deception plan that won the Battle of El Alamein: the creation of an entire dummy army in the middle of the desert. Seller Inventory # 005228

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Fisher David

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2004)

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About this Item: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. hardcover. 2004 Edition. 342pp, slight lean to spine, some faint marks to boards, tight clean copy, VG+, no dust wrapper The True Story Of How Jasper Maskelyne And His Magic Gang Altered The Course Of World War II. Glacier Books are experienced and professional booksellers. We take pride in offering carefully described books and excellent customer service. Seller Inventory # di55095

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FISHER, David.

Published by New York: Coward McCann inc. 1983 (1983)

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About this Item: New York: Coward McCann inc. 1983, 1983. First edition, first issue of this fascinating biography. Original dust wrapper. Neatly price clipped. A touch of edgewear to the wrapper. A tiny closed tear to the rear panel. The book itself is clean and tidy throughout with no flaws. Now neatly covered in removable archival packaging. Using the principles of stage magic, Maskelyne and his gang used illusions to work against the Afrika Corps and the Nazis during the second world war. 315 pp. Seller Inventory # 1973

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-McCann (1983)

ISBN 10: 0698111400 ISBN 13: 9780698111400

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About this Item: Coward-McCann, 1983. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition; First Printing. The book is almost Like New, tight clean and crisp. With a touch of light shelf wear to dustjacket with minor chipping to top of spine, otherwise an excellent First Printing of the First Edition now protected in a new Mylar cover. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. Almost Like New. ; 9 X 6 X 1.60 inches; 315 pages. Seller Inventory # 26938

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-McCann, New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward-McCann, New York, 1983. Cloth. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First. Dj has shelfwear, principally at upper edge, including bumps, small creases, a couple of nicks, and a small taped tear at front spine fold. Also front foldover has crease. Spine sound, straight, hinges tight. Book is fine condition except two tiny stains on forward page edge. 315 pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 003376

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Published by Equ Press, United States (2011)

ISBN 10: 6138265564 ISBN 13: 9786138265566

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About this Item: Equ Press, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Aufl.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Jasper Maskelyne (1902-1973) was a British stage magician in the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of an established family of stage magicians, the son of Nevil Maskelyne and a grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne. He could also trace his ancestry to the royal astronomer Nevil Maskelyne. He is most remembered, however, for the accounts of his work for British military intelligence during the Second World War, creating large-scale ruses, deception, and camouflage. Before the Second World War Maskelyne was a blaster in the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, a charitable parody of the Freemasons that operated from 1926-31. His lodge (called a Vat) ran from Maskelyne s Theatre. Seller Inventory # KNV9786138265566

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-Mccann Inc, New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward-Mccann Inc, New York, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-. Black and white photographs. Before World War II, Jasper Maskelyne drank glasses of razor blades on the London Stage. That career was halted by World War II and his new career began with Rommel's Afrika Korps. Read all about his transformation into "The War Magician". Ships same or next business day. Tail corners of boards are bumped. Head of spine is lightly bumped. Spine is cocked at head of spine. Dust jacket PRICE CLIPPED. Has shelf and edge wear. Tape on the inside to reinforce two tears. Front flap has two creases. Protected in an archival cover. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 315 pages. Seller Inventory # 71736

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Published by Equ Press, United States (2011)

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About this Item: Equ Press, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Aufl.. Language: English . Brand New Book. Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Jasper Maskelyne (1902-1973) was a British stage magician in the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of an established family of stage magicians, the son of Nevil Maskelyne and a grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne. He could also trace his ancestry to the royal astronomer Nevil Maskelyne. He is most remembered, however, for the accounts of his work for British military intelligence during the Second World War, creating large-scale ruses, deception, and camouflage. Before the Second World War Maskelyne was a blaster in the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, a charitable parody of the Freemasons that operated from 1926-31. His lodge (called a Vat) ran from Maskelyne s Theatre. Seller Inventory # KNV9786138265566

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward- McCann Inc., New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward- McCann Inc., New York, 1983. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 313pp, bw ills. Or black cloth in jacket. Jacket price clipped with minor edge wear. Tells the story of one of the most extraordinary adventures to emerge from WWII. Stage magician Jasper Maskelyne and a hand picked group of men known as the magic group used the technique of stage magic to confound Rommel and his Afrika Corp with the most incredible array of illusions and special effects ever produced on a battle field. They hid the Suez Canal. They moved the Alexandria Harbour. They turned tanks into trucks and created an entire army out of shadow. Launched a phantom fleet of submarines and a 700 foot battleship. Maskelyne also devised escape kits for POWs, created a mini-submarine that sank a cargo ship bringing heavy water to Nazi A-bomb laboratories and perfected a fire repellant paste that saved the lives of hundreds of aviators. A truly extraordinary biography. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 008822

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Published by Coward- McCann, Inc., New York (1983)

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About this Item: Coward- McCann, Inc., New York, 1983. Black Cloth. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Presumed First. Jasper Maskelyne, an English magician used his talents for deception in the war effort to hide the Suez Canal, move alexandria Harbor, turned tanks into trucks and other illusions to help his county's war effort. Illutrated with b/w photographs. 315 pp. Book has gilt text on spine only, black cloth covered boards. Spine ends have miniscule wear. Unclipped, unpriced DJhas edge wear especially around spine ends. Bookseller's Inventory # 154792. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 004792

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Fisher, David

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About this Item: 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. 1st edition, fine condition, faint remainder mark on page edges, with a fine dust jacket, minute chip and minute wear to dust jacket edges, with a priced unclipped dust jacket flap, published by Coward-McCann, Inc. New York, 315 pages. Jasper Maskelyne a successful stage magician on the London stage, was recruited by the British Government in World War II to use his Magical talents to deceive and confuse the Germans, this he did with an incredible array of illusions and special effects, including the hiding of the Suez Canal, creating Battleships, Phantom Submarines, etc. Maskelyne was so successful in deceiving the Germans that Hitler had ordered the Gestapo to assassinate Maskelyne. Illustrated with photographs. This hardback is lacking in the Christopher collection, however, Christopher does have a copy in wraps, vol.2 #923. A fascinating read! Scarce!. Seller Inventory # 004202

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Published by Coward McCann, New York, (1983)

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About this Item: Coward McCann, New York, 1983. Britain's most bizarre secret weapon of WWII - he made the Suez canal disappear. Became an assassination target of Hitler's regime during WWII. A very scarce title. Hardback. Slight bumping to corners, otherwise very good in chipped, slightly discoloured, slightly worn dustwrapper. First Edition in 315pp. Seller Inventory # A4731

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Fisher, David

Published by Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, NY (1983)

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About this Item: Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, NY, 1983. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 16 B/W Photos (illustrator). First Edition. (full book description) Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, NY, 1983. 1st Edition VG+/VG, Hard Cover, DJ with Mylar. Size=6"x9", 315pgs. 16 B/W Photos. 1/8" x 3/8" DJ chip top rear edge, DJ just slightly nicked at fore-edge corner tips, 1/8" dent book rear cover top edge, ink P stamp on top page ends, o.w. clean, bright & tight. No ink names, bookplates, etc. ISBN 0698111400 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Book. Seller Inventory # CONROY173665I

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Maskelyne, Jasper (Arthur Groom, ed.)

Published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, (1936)

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About this Item: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1936. First edition: octavo; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorations; 288pp., with a portrait frontispiece, many monochrome illustrations and 15pp. of monochrome plates. Moderate wear; mildly shaken; softening to the spine extremities and corners bumped; text block edges toned and spotted; minor offset to the endpapers; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; tape remnants to the pastedowns; scattered foxing to the preliminaries. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight. Jasper Maskelyne was the grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne following in his footsteps to become a famous stage magician of the 1930s and 40s. His excellence as a practitioner of the art of illusion sits in stark contrast to his wartime record, some elements of which have been called into question by later commentators. In the Second World War, Maskelyne abandoned the stage to join the Royal Engineers. Under the aegis of Winston Churchill and British military intelligence, he formed the Magic Gang, a group of architects, art restorers, carpenters, chemists, electrical engineers, electricians and painters. Under his direction, they fooled the Axis powers by making tanks look like jeeps and vice-versa, and fooling Erwin Rommel into thinking that the Allies were attacking El Alamein from the south rather than the north. His greatest feat was tricking Axis bombers into thinking that Alexandria was three miles from its actual location by creating lights, fake buildings and even a fake lighthouse in a nearby bay, using plywood, pyrotechnics and theatre lights, an initiative entitled Operation Bertram. He was also said to be in the process of planning to lure Rudolf Hess from Germany using Aleister Crowley as a secret agent (under the codename 'Agent 777'); however, Hess's unexpected flight to the Scottish highlands put these plans to rest. His wartime efforts are documented in his (ghost-written) autobiography 'Magic: Top Secret' and David Fisher's slightly more reliable 'The War Magician'. Acknowledged by Winston Churchill for his efforts and those of the Magic Gang, Maskelyne never felt that he was adequately rewarded for his accomplishments and retired to Kenya where he established a driver training school. He died of complications due to alcoholism in 1973. Seller Inventory # 97129

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