World War II

The Magician Who Tricked Nazis With Illusions

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They say all's fair in love and war. And if what they say is true, magic is definitely on the table. The famous British magician named Jasper Maskelyne joined to brigade against the Nazis in World War II. At first, he was recruited to entertain the troops. But soon, somehow, he convinced British officials that his illusions could aid in the fight. Maskelyne led a group of maverick artists, carpenters, and criminals known as the A-force to construct illusions to throw off the Nazis. For one trick, Maskelyne put sharp wire into shoelaces that were sent to people in Nazi prison camps. He also managed to squeeze area maps and other useful materials is disguised care packages to the prisoners in Nazi camps. He even allegedly hid an entire harbor from aerial bombers with the help of his magic squad.

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