Magician who gave the CIA pointers in deception and subterfuge and also edited a magic-themed magazine called The Sphinx.
He learned magic from John William Sargent, the President of the Society of American Magicians, for $5 an hour.
The CIA paid him $3,000 to write a manual on deception and then classified the copies.
His family moved to New York when he was young.
He was not the first magician to work in intelligence: Harry Houdini helped Scotland Yard monitor foreign military activities.