Jasper Maskelyne was born in England in 1902^1. Maskelyne was born into a family of stage performers, mainly magicians^1. Maskelyne put on shows in which he would decieve his audience using illusions and other tricks in order to fool them. When WWII broke out, Maskelyne thought that if he could trick audience members, then maybe he could trick Nazi’s as well. So, he joined the Royal engineers, hoping to put his talents to good use^1.