- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (13 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0304367095
- ISBN-13: 978-0304367092
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The War Magician: The True Story of Jasper Maskelyne Paperback – 13 Oct 2005
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'Right from his memorable opening line [Fisher] shows a sure touch... a richly entertaining read.' -- THE SUNDAY TIMES
'This is one of those books that once you start, you can't give up... a fascinating read' -- REGIMENT
'a remarkable tale, delightfully told.' -- SOLDIER magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story of the greatest illusionist of modern times and the man who conjured victory in the desert - to be made into a film starring Tom Cruise --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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So what if it mixes historical narrative with supposed conversations between Maskelyn and his fellow Magic Gang members?
Although it was relatively undemanding to read, I found `The War Magician' superbly entertaining, informative and revealing. I regard it as a significant plus that `The War Magician' isn't bogged down in a dry-as-dust recital of military operations and strategy in the N African desert campaign of WWII.
Fisher should be applauded for writing in a style which has managed to humanise the subject. This is a rare feat in what can be a dry subject area. That he has achieved this so successfully, makes `The War Magician' far more readable as a result.
If readers crave a hugely comprehensive and in-depth overview of deception techniques used by the British in WWII, then they ought to try Holt's book, mentioned previously.
However, `The War Magician' does exactly what it says on the tin: it focuses on Maskelyne - the man, the illusionist, the forgotten hero of WWII.
A cracking read. Thumbs up.
The War Magician written by David Fisher claims to be a true account of the exploits of the illusionist Jasper Maskelyne during the Second World War. Mr. Maskelyne comes from a long line of magicians. And like his ancestor who used his magic knowledge to help T.E. Lawrence in Arabia in WW I, he wanted to do his part in WW II. And so he does. His skills are used to help the British forces in developing new and creative weapons of illusion. Like making the armies look larger then they actually were. To innovations in camouflage, which are very interesting. And these camouflage techniques would take a mind such as Maskelyne had to conceive and execute.
The book makes for very interested reading. And just goes to remind us, that with enough ingenuity and hard work, anything can be accomplished. Regardless if the book is all factual, or if there is some embellishment, it is worth the read.
The saving grace is that Maskelyne's work is sufficiently important to have been described in a single volume and its own context without loading the book with the numerous other deceptions not perpetrated by him and the Magic Gang.
All this led me wonder about the source of the claims made in the book and the authors knowledge of history - to that end I did my own research. Check out Richard Stokes' interesting work on Maskelyne at,
Save your money!
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Husband enjoyed it very much. Have yet to read it myself. Prompt delivery Thank you.Published 14 months ago by wendy ripley
This is a really interesting book, to see how "magic" and illusion was used during the second world war. Secrets that you never knew about - greatPublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
An insight into the ways we tried to confuse the enemy. British ingenuity at its best a really interesting bookPublished on 1 May 2013 by P. H. Jones
I bought this book for 50 pence at a library sale. Although the library stamp page indicated that it had been lent more than a dozen times, it still looked new and unread. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by Glorious Fool
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