"As a retired
professor of history and politics, I found your presentation very educational
and fascinating. Learning how these magicians impacted such events as the
battle of El Alamein during WWII or the escape of Americans from Tehran in
1979 adds a new and intriguing dimension to our understanding of world
Albert Kudsizadeh, Ph.D
Montreal, Quebec Canada
"I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture. As a retired Naval Officer,
I was particularly intrigued by the use of camouflage in North Africa, and
the great influence of a magician in creating these deceptions of Rommel's
forces, who were not exactly amateurs at warfare. It had never occurred to me
that the deception was analogous to that used in presenting magic tricks to
Donald J. Dudziak Ph.D., P.E.
Editor for the Americas,
Progress in Nuclear Energy Review Journal
Professor Emeritus, NC State University
Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Harry Maurer's talk about magicians and espionage was extremely
entertaining and definitely informative. I am old enough (barely) to remember
the North African Campaign during WWII but I did not know anything about how
a magician helped change the outcome of it! And that was only one part of his
talk. The rest was equally interesting. Don't miss it. You will be surprised
at how much you will learn!"
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, USA
"When I first heard that our Country Club was presenting a
lecture on how magicians affected our country and our life, I was skeptical
that anyone would be interested in such an esoteric subject. I was
wrong! About 200 members showed up and were treated to an informative
lecture about a magician who stopped an uprising, how an English magician
used magic camouflage to confuse the Nazis, and how a magician wrote a
manual for the CIA on secret ways to deceive the enemy.
This was all unusual but fascinating info presented in a very entertaining
way. It was an unusual, but very enjoyable and entertaining
Warren J. Kaps
Boca Raton, FL
"Harry Maurer’s presentation was delightful. Much of the
information presented was historical in nature, which can be dry and boring,
but nothing could be further from the truth in this case. Harry’s perspective
on the events and use of humor kept our attention and entertained us
throughout the entire speech. He was very informative and I would be
interested in hearing much more from him."
"My college students were captivated! Need I say
Lone Star College Cy-Fair
"Seeing your lecture was very enlightening. I was surprised to
learn that magic and deception was used in past political situations and
wars! What else are our governments up to?!"
Edmonton, Alberta, (Canada)
"The "Perfection of Deception," is the best demonstration of how
magic has affected history.
Learning about magicians consulting with law enforcement around
the world and being asked to spy for the United States and England surprised
everyone. When Harry Maurer talked about a magician who worked for the CIA in
the 50's and wrote manuals on deception techniques, we were all taking notes!
The most intriguing part of Harry's seminar was learning about a magician
assisting the British Army in 1944 by creating illusions and camouflaging
tanks and ships. Harry Maurer's seminar, filled with humor, photos and
documents, was more than enlightening -- it was fascinating!"
“I was not too sure I wanted to attend a lecture at FAU to see a
magician. I am more than pleased to say that I was entertained in more
than a few ways. The session was comical. Loved it. Just
right. Historical. More than loved that. It was interesting
and factual as I remember seeing some of that prior to see Harry and
mysterious in his magic. The whole time was more than just
entertaining. I will say that the time just flew by. I would
travel to see this program again and again.”
Sal C. Riggi
West Palm Beach, FL
"Your lecture was fantastic! I had never appreciated the
important role played by your predecessors in significant world events such
as the Second World War… "
"It was most enjoyable to have a lecture presented by an
entertainer. Harry Maurer is articulate and the presentation was accented by
comedy, and, of course, had the insight on a magician and illusionist. The
subject was well researched with many historical photographs and images. Very
well done and entertaining."
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
"We thoroughly enjoyed your lecture on the Perfection of
Deception. It was fascinating to learn about how well known magicians are
employed today by governments in many countries working with their
intelligence agencies including the CIA, FBI and MI-5. It was also a learning
experience to find out that magicians actually affected the outcome of many
battles against the Germans during WW2. We would highly recommend your
lecture to anyone. This lecture is educational and exciting!"
Steve and Michele
"I must say that Harry Maurer's lecture has just the right mix
of interesting and informative information interspersed with wonderful
Illusions and Magic. Totally captivating!”
Blue Bell, PA
"My wife and I saw Harry's lecture and found it to be
fascinating. We could have easily listened to another hour."
"I was surprised to learn how misdirection and illusion played
such a large roll in the strategy of the Allies helping to save cities and
creating tactical advantages. . .makes me wonder how the military uses these
strategies even today..."
"A fascinating account from alchemy to the CIA. The description
of the use of deception in World War II North African campaign was fantastic.
With the added comedy, it made for an exceptional hour!"
Palm City, FL
“Recently saw Harry Maurer and was impressed not only with his
incredible acts of magic but with his presentation format incorporating how
magic had an influence on historical events. In addition, his quick
one-liners interspersed throughout his presentation are worth the price of
West Palm Beach, FL
"Harry is a gifted magician and his obvious interest in the how
magic has affected historical events is very apparent in his presentation. I
knew some things about how deception played a role in WWII but his
elaboration about the role of deception in the El Alamein battle in North
Africa was quite fascinating. I recommend his lecture to all who have an
interest in history and magic."
"When I think back about the total of what Harry delivered, I am
amazed. There were so many details Harry's research produced that I had not
known about. One favorite story Harry relates was how the English
magician Jasper Maskelyne used camouflage and magician's methods of
deception in North Africa to fool German Field Marshall Rommel, known as "The
Desert Fox" in the Battle of El Alemein. It was a pivotal battle
in World War II, and it was a magician who helped the Allied Forces win it by
"out foxing" the Desert Fox.
So many of Harry's revelations brought surprise and laughter at
the cleverness of the magician's methods. His lecture was a most
entertaining and refreshing learning experience. I highly recommend
"The presentation was not only very entertaining but also
educational; it was worth the 85 mile drive to attend."
"Harry Maurer is a highly skilled magician with a very active
sense of humor that makes for first class entertainment, but his
well-researched presentation on the history of deception and the role it has
played in affecting world events is truly inspirational. I sat riveted to
Harry's presentation. I had never considered the possibility deception has
been such a key resource in the history of mankind. Harry has thoroughly
researched this subject, is very well prepared with a quality power point
visual; and delivers a spell-bounding presentation that is entertaining and
Harvey L. Fishero, LFACHE
Retired Hospital CEO