Friday, December 4, 2009 at 10:09AM
Dodd Vickers

It is an interesting experience  to have one of your interviews used as source material for a mainstream media story. Today, I received an email from an editor at who had just completed a piece on the new book by H. Keith Melton & Robert Wallace "The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception." Specifically, the article references my Interview with Ben Robinson who previously published his biography on John Mulholland "MagiCIAn: The Secret Life of John Mulholland."

Complete with illustrations, "The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception" describes a wide range of Mulholland's Houdini-like tricks designed to help spies pull off a number of clandestine operations, such as slipping poison into an enemy's drink or surreptitiously removing documents.

Other magician-historians previously established Mulholland's connection to the CIA and printed portions of his reports – and one, Michael Edwards, said he received full copies of the reports from the CIA in 2003. But the authors say their book is the first to publish the historical documents in their entirety.

Read the complete article HERE.  I was also pleased that they mentioned that Michael Edwards had previously published some of the material that appeared in the Wallace book which we all know was done in Genii Magazine. For more information, you can listen to my interview with Bob Wallace, one of the books co-authors HERE and my interview with Mullholland biographer Ben Robinson HERE.

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