In 1956, a magician was performing the “cut a person in half” trick using his wife for a televised performance. Immediately after she was divided, the host ended the show. People were horrified, thinking she had been killed, but time had just run out on the broadcast.
There was a magician by the name Jasper Maskelyne who used “magic” to help against the nazis in WWII. He would hide tools and maps in everyday objects and fool the Nazis by using illusions.
The CIA hired a magician to train agents in sleight of hand techniques for use in their mickey-slipping LSD experiments.