The CIA's former Chief of Disguise reveals what makes a good disguise


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/22/the-cias-former-chief-of-dis.html


#2

This is something right out of The Shadow!


#3

“Mr. Nesbitt has learned the first lesson of not being seen: not to stand up. However, he has chosen a very obvious piece of cover.”


#4

The most fruitful thing in that video is the mention of using old, gray haired, physically unassuming old men.

They are never to be trusted.


#5

From now on I am going to constantly change my outfits throughout the day.


#6

Any of you ever see that Papasan guy? I don’t think that’s a real mustache.


#7

Agree. And I think his real name is Roger.


#8

I was going to make a joke about there being no “Mission Impossible” masks, but sure enough she talked about those, too.


#9

The gravel in the shoe trick was used by Heinlein in ‘Double Star’.


#10

I’m disguised right now!


#11

… [A]n American posing as a European can give themselves away by holding a cigarette the wrong way, resting while standing on one leg, or holding a fork in their right hand.

A cultural idiom gives away the undercover Americans in Inglorious Bastards:


#12

The weird American cutlery switch shown in the video was also a favourite real-life giveaway for the Gestapo.


#13

I was just about to post this. But I’m learning to keep reading through the comments, just in case.


#14

Dis-guised, dat-guy, di udder guy, dey everywhere!


#15

Yes, and I got that before they explained the give away. 3 semesters of HS German didn’t goto waste!


#16

CIA Chief of Disguise sounds like one of the best jobs ever


#17

… I haven’t watched the video yet, but are we trusting info from former CIA agents now? Just checking.

hopscotch


#18

Who knew that the creepy old man puppet from Nickelodeon’s Todays Special was actually a CIA-disguised woman?!


#19

I bet it’s “looking like someone else”


#20

See every episode of The Americans.