Jasper Maskelyne (1902–1973) was a British stage magician in the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of an established family of stage magicians, the son of Nevil Maskelyne
and a grandson of John Nevil Maskelyne
. He is most remembered, however, for his entertaining accounts of his work for British military intelligence during the Second World War, in which he claims that he created large-scale ruses, deception, and camouflage.
Peter Forbes writes that the "flamboyant" magician's contribution was
"either absolutely central (if you believe his account and that of his biographer) or very marginal (if you believe the official records and more recent research)"Jasper Maskelyne in WikipediaRichard Stokes' Jasper Maskelyne website