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The War Magician
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"Myth is invulnerable to mere facts" Barthes

This website analyses the real wartime career of English stage magician, Jasper Maskelyne.

It disentangles fact from fantasy and challenges the accuracy of previous accounts, namely, David Fisher's The War Magician (1983) and Jasper Maskelyne's ghostwritten memoirs, Magic - Top Secret (1949).

This alternative portait draws on new sources including interviews with Jasper Maskelyne's son, Alistair; declassified documents from the National Archives; overlooked, out-of-print books from the British Library; rare biographical information on Maskelyne's invisible ghostwriter; and significant material from Jasper Maskelyne's missing private scrapbook, Deceptive Camouflage Ideas 1941-1945, which, until now, has been withheld from the general public and the magic community.

Richard Stokes

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