During the Cold War, it seems the ever-inventive CIA was up to new
tricks: sleight-of-hand, surreptitious removal of objects, secret
signals via shoelaces, slipping LSD into unsuspecting drinks from a
hollowed-out pencil, and even advice on looking stupid, and thus not
suspicious. It's all in The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception, a magic manual
by magician John Mulholland that disappeared in the 1970s and has now
resurfaced. Compared to hanging suspects by their wrists in stress
positions, the era's pop-up dummies and St. Bernard costumes and radios
hidden in fake scrotums seem downright quaint. More here.
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An agent "should be so normal in manner, and his actions so natural, that nothing about him excites suspicion."