The War Magician Jasper Maskelyne was a world famous magician and illusionist in the s When war broke out he volunteered his services to the British Army and was sent to Egypt where the desert war had just begun

  • Title: The War Magician
  • Author: David Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780304367092
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Egypt 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 truckJasper 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 Egypt 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 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.

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    1. This book has been sitting on my shelf for some time (taunting me) so I thought it was about time I set the record straight.Without re-typing the cover blurb all over again here we have the incredible story of Jasper Maskelyne who during the 1930s made his name as a magician and illusionist. However when war broke out he found himself another role. That of the war Magician where he would put is understanding and familiarity of misdirection and subterfuge to use in the theatre of war.Now I will b [...]

    2. It is really quite annoying that so much of this book is obviously wildly untrue, as, if any of the stories in it *are* true, this would be totally fantastic and satisfying and brilliant. And some of them seem like they might be. But in a book that cheerfully presents all kinds of details and stories and conversations with no citations, and includes detailed scenes that obviously never happened (eg when Maskelyne gets into a magic competition with a H Rider Haggard-style highly implausible and g [...]

    3. A shame. I very much enjoyed this book, although I wasn't very happy with the lack of distinction between things that really happened and things that were clearly fabricated (e.g. dialogue), or with the lack of information about the book's sources. Checking online, such as at this site I find that my suspicions about the book appear to be true, and that it seems to be highly unreliable and drawing heavily on the imagination both of David Fisher himself and of the ghostwriter of Maskelyne'sMagic: [...]

    4. No rating because I haven't finished it.The premise and the storyline sounds so exciting! But after I learnt from other reviewers that many of the author's claims have hardly any solid evidence to back them up, I lost interest and returned the book to the library.

    5. This book has a major flaw, so I am inclined to think there are probably other big errors too and, therefore, doubt most of the facts and just read this book as a fiction. That is a shame for Jasper Maskelyne as he was a fascinating man who undoubtedly made a huge contribution to the war effort and his story should be told, but this author is not one you can trust to tell the true story and his editor and publisher also let Maskelyne down by failing to pick up on the glaring error.The author is [...]

    6. This was an interesting book, claiming lots of things about Jasper Maskelyne and his supposed exploits during WW2, mostly in Egypt against Rommel.The author writes in a style that seems to be a mixture of history and dramatization, giving details of conversations and other characters in his "Magic Gang". But no attribution is given, at least in the edition of the book I read (Berkley Books, NY; ISBN 0-425-06295-3) that explains how these conversations/activities/reports might have been derived.T [...]

    7. Excellent! If you're looking for a book that is interesting and not exactly like you read last week - this book is it!It's about WWII and the efforts of Jasper Maskelyne, a world famous magician, who used his familial gift of illusion, stage magic and special effects in the battlefields of North Africa.Sooooo interesting. It helped contextualize WWII for me more than any history lesson I've ever had. The author does seem to know a lot about what people are thinking at all times, which is a bit q [...]

    8. Having seen this book mentioned by Elly Griffiths, I wanted to get to know the man who inspired her Max Mephisto. If we'd learned about all this stuff when I was back in high school, history class would have been much more interesting.

    9. This was a great read, especially since I was stuck at the Second Infantry Division in Korea at the time.After getting out and many years later, I started to look on the internet to find a copy to reread. It was during that research I discovered that many fictionalized accounts also took place in the book. This brings into question the real work as well, which on its own may have been fascinating enough. And since the fiction eclipses the reality we cannot discern what is truth and what is a lie [...]

    10. Fascinating story from WWII. Its main character is great magician of all time, Jasper Maskelyne. British government drafted him to lead a super secret unit - Magic Gang - which purpose was supporting military war actions. And masters of magic and illusion can do wonders - while war actions they managed to hide Suez Canal, change tanks into trucks, creating not existing armies and flots of submarines and even contructed phantom warship.

    11. True story of one man and his teams contribution to the war effort (WW2)Not brilliantly written and I do occasionally question how the author can understand what is going on in so many of the peoples heads, did they really write that many letters and all those letters survived? But interesting anyway as it describes all the camouflage and more that the team came up with.

    12. I love WWII history, and have read many, many WWII books; despite my knowledge of this piece of our history, I had never learned anything about how magic was used to help the allies to win the war. Very interesting read, many short stories revolving around Jasper Maskelyne, the magician and his incredible tricks.

    13. 25 years ago when I first read this, I thought it had all the elements of a good film. Sent a copy to my cousin Sy, a writer/ producer in LA. Then I gave a copy to Max I still think it would make a great TV series. It has all of the elements of MASH, but with magic.

    14. 把歷史事實寫的像小說的書這樣到底好不好呢.至少許多細微的情結應該都是出於作者的想像吧二戰時一個英國魔術師在北非戰場運用魔術技巧欺敵的故事能在舞臺上騙人的技巧適當的改造之後在戰場上一樣有效在二戰那偵蒐技術不發達的時代更是有極大的效用不過這本書的翻譯有點鳥一開始對軍事名詞的翻譯都很奇怪到篇章的後半才準確一點既然可以做到翻譯準確,為何前面 [...]

    15. Tells the story of the wartime exploits of Jasper Maskelyne, a stage magician who became one of the key figures in the war in the desert, due to his skill of making things appear what they were not.

    16. Really interesting! How Jasper Maskelyne, a magician, entered the second world war with his knowledge of tricks and illusions to pivotal effect.

    17. This is a book that makes you feel angry. You think it's a history or a biography, but it is neither. It is a fabrication. Because you can't know what to be sure of, nothing is real.

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