This slim but information-packed softbound book was self-published by professional corporate and theater magician and reserve military officer Wayne Capps in May 2020.
Combining his passion for military history and his insider's knowledge of magical skills, he has the unique ability to interpret the true nature of some of the most unusual- and effective- clandestine military operations.
What he tells us is fascinating!
FROM THE AUTHOR:
Was Houdini a spy?
Was WWII stopped by a single card trick
Does the CIA use magicians in the field?
These are just some of the questions answered in Magicians at War, along with some of the most amazing war stories ever told!
This is an in-depth look at magicians of past who have used their skill of deceit and misdirection to serve the nations they loved.
CONTENTS: Jasper Maskelyne
Making a Naval cruiser appear, the spy stuff, his next trick… move a harbor!, the next task… hide the Suez Canal!, spy craft for the double agent and Maskelyne's fake army! Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin
Stopping a war with superstition and the chest that changed history! Harry Houdini
Was Harry a spy and his role as a patriot! The CIA, the Spy Book and the Magicians
The gadgets, working with the CIA, Project MK-ULTRA and magic to fight the Russians! The Card Trick that Stopped WWII
Winston Churchill and magic! Spies and the Quick Change
The Cold War quick change used against the Russians and the magicians who made it happen. Paul Potassy: The “Artist”
The soldier whose life was saved by a deck of cards. Cardini
World War I trench warfare that made a magician. The CIA Director
Magic at the CIA, an interview with a former CIA Director Christopher “Clayton” Hutton
World War II, the maps, the compasses, the quick change… again! and his life after the war. Kalanag - Hitler’s Magician
The magician who worked for the Third Reich and the Allies and did he steal Nazi gold? Healing
Soldiers becoming magicians to fight PTSD.