TV Choice: Secret History Channel 4, 9pm.
Magician Joseph Maskelyne is one of the unsung heroes of the Second
World War, yet his is a fascinating and wacky story nevertheless. In the
30s, he was a well-known inventor, illusionist and entertainer - so the
idea of enlisting him to fight the Nazis seems slightly off-the-wall, to
put it mildly. But he played an important role in the war effort, and
his life story is to be made into a film starring Tom Cruise. Using his
talent for sleight of hand, he and his 'magic gang' created a
series of illusions to confuse the enemy, including platoons of dummy
tanks, and a fake harbour to draw attention away from the real target.
Magician Paul Zenon and a plethora of military experts and historians