A lot has been said about the illusionist Jasper Maskelyne and his role in helping the British during WWII. Like any good magician, the reality of Mr. Maskelyne's life is stretched to tell the most entertaining story. The most recent incarnation will be HBO's new series "Hobgoblin," directed by Darren Aronofsky (best known for Black Swan). Hobgoblin will focus on a motley team of con men and magicians who use their deceptive skills to help bring down Hitler during World War II.
To learn more about the concept of real world magicians in WWII, check out "The War Illusionist." Although some of the bits may be a little far-fetched, the legendary exploits of Jasper Maskelyne still manage to excite the imagination.