The main page of Wikipedia today carried a rather excellent article about the wartime exploits of an interesting character call Dudley Clarke Dudley Clarke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia He was the chap behind many of the deception ops in North Africa and Italy, and got into some interesting scrapes in Spain too. He had a hand in the formation of the Commandoes, the SAS and the US Rangers! Anyway, one of his associates was a former stage magician called Jaspar Maskelyne. Now Jaspar had a bit of a rep as a top camouflage guy, and also claimed skills in making thing appear and vanish. He claimed to have made a German warship appear on the Thames using a model and mirrors, and there was a tale about fooling the Luftwaffe by making Alexandria disappear! It turns out that either a) he was full of tut, or b) he didn't get enough credit for his service. Does anyone have any solid info? Just on a whimsy. It sounds like an interesting tale. Apparently, he wrote a book, but I'm not sure of the title.