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This Fascinating Video Will Teach You All About Disguises, With Tips From The CIA’s Former Chief Of Disguise

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This Fascinating Video Will Teach You All About Disguises, With Tips From The CIA’s Former Chief Of Disguise

There’s truly no better time to discover a new skill.

And why not become a master of disguise?

Whether you’re hoping to hide from your housemate as you sneak to the fridge for the seven millionth time, or frighten your brother as he leaves his bedroom, disguises can really add a whole load of excitement to the dreary days of lockdown! And here to help you get well and truly into character is the CIA’s former Chief of Disguise. (No seriously, that’s a real job!)

Jonna Mendez was the CIA’s Chief of Disguise for two years and was awarded the CIA’s Commendation Medal upon retiring, so I think it’s fair to say that her tips and tricks on how to hide all of your glaring ‘giveaways’ are some of the best in the business.

As it turns out, she’s also a bit of a prankster herself: when she met with President George H.W. Bush she went in disguise, which she later removed during the meeting to demonstrate how effective it was.

From ‘light disguise’, which constitutes your classic combination of hats, glasses and facial hair, to ‘advance disguise’ which will be able to deceive even the keenest of eyes when they get up close and personal, in this amazing video you can see all of the ways in which people can be seamlessly transformed into someone else.

During the video, Mendez mentions that disguising women is often easier because, ‘With women, you have a broader range of what you can do. You also have one extra step: you can turn a woman into a man. I would mention that it’s almost impossible to turn a man into a woman.’

Showcasing an array of weird and wonderful things, from dental facades to artificial pallets which adjust the roof of your mouth to give you a natural lisp, this video demonstrates a whole host of incredible tips and tricks you never would have thought of.

So if you’re looking for something to keep you entertained during these lengthly days, why not try and conjure up a few devious disguises using this expert advice?

See also: NASA have just released the highest resolution photo of Mars ever seen.