John Mulholland

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[[John Mulholland]] (1898-1970) was born in Chicago, but moved to New York City when young with his mother.  
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[[John Mulholland]] {{PersonInfo||1898||1970}} was born in Chicago, but moved to New York City when young with his mother.  
  
He started performing as a teenager and went on to become authority on magic. He performed in forty-two countries, authored ten books and performed at the White house eight times. His 90-minute stage show was carried in two suitcases.   
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He started performing as a teenager and went on to become authority on magic. He was taught by [[John William Sargent]]. He performed in forty-two countries, authored ten books and performed at the White house eight times. His 90-minute stage show was carried in two suitcases.   He was also served as consultant on conjuring for the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster dictionary. He was also at one time, the only magician listed in "Who's Who in American".
  
In the 1930s, he took over [[The Sphinx]], the largest magic magazine at it's time, which he was the editor for 23 years. Later, he became a consultant to the newly created CIA in 1953. His assignments included working with billionaires and inventors, cracking codes and delving into the world of ESP research, LSD use and the secret MK-ULTRA world.
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In the 1930s, he took over the largest magic magazine at it's time [[The Sphinx]] after the death of [[A. M. Wilson]], which he was the editor for 23 years. Mulholland stopped the Sphinx to  become a consultant to the newly created CIA in 1953 (although he told his subscribers it was due to health reasons).  
  
Mulholland had one of the largest collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus.  
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Recruited by Sidney Gottleib for the top secret CIA project "MK-ULTRA", his assignments included working with billionaires and inventors, cracking codes and delving into the world of ESP research, LSD use and writing a manual on deception. He wrote a secret manuscript for the CIA called "Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception" in 1954. He continued to work for the CIA at least until 1958.
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Mulholland, at the time, had one of the largest collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus with over 4,000 books.  
  
 
He invented the Mulholland Box (a type of [[Okito coin box]]).
 
He invented the Mulholland Box (a type of [[Okito coin box]]).
  
 
== Books by ==
 
== Books by ==
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* Magic in the Making (with Milton M. Smith 1925)
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* Quicker than the Eye (1932)
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* The Magic and Magicians of the World (1932)
 
*  [[Mulholland's Story of Magic]] (1935)
 
*  [[Mulholland's Story of Magic]] (1935)
*  The Art of Illusion: Magic for men to do (1944)
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* Beware Familiar Spirits (1938)
*  Mulholland's Book of Magic (1963)
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*  The Art of Illusion: Magic for men to do (1944
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*  Magic for Entertaining, The Early Magic Shows ( Reprint of "Art of Illusions" 1945)
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John Mulholland's Book of Magic (1963)
 
*  Magic of the World (1965)
 
*  Magic of the World (1965)
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The Magical Mine - Key to Successful Communications (with George Gordon 1967)
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* The Girl in the Cage (a novel) with Cortland Fitzsimmons
  
 
== Books about ==
 
== Books about ==
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* Cover [[Genii 1965 November]]
 
* Cover [[Genii 1965 November]]
 
* [[Genii 2001 April]]: THE SPHINX AND THE SPY The Clandestine World of John Mulholland By Michael Edwards
 
* [[Genii 2001 April]]: THE SPHINX AND THE SPY The Clandestine World of John Mulholland By Michael Edwards
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* [[Genii 2003 August]]: Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception
 
* http://www.frankolsonproject.org/Articles/Mulholland.html
 
* http://www.frankolsonproject.org/Articles/Mulholland.html
 
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* The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception by Melton and Wallace (2009)
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Gottlieb
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKULTRA
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Revision as of 16:21, 10 January 2010

John Mulholland Template:PersonInfo was born in Chicago, but moved to New York City when young with his mother.

He started performing as a teenager and went on to become authority on magic. He was taught by John William Sargent. He performed in forty-two countries, authored ten books and performed at the White house eight times. His 90-minute stage show was carried in two suitcases. He was also served as consultant on conjuring for the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster dictionary. He was also at one time, the only magician listed in "Who's Who in American".

In the 1930s, he took over the largest magic magazine at it's time The Sphinx after the death of A. M. Wilson, which he was the editor for 23 years. Mulholland stopped the Sphinx to become a consultant to the newly created CIA in 1953 (although he told his subscribers it was due to health reasons).

Recruited by Sidney Gottleib for the top secret CIA project "MK-ULTRA", his assignments included working with billionaires and inventors, cracking codes and delving into the world of ESP research, LSD use and writing a manual on deception. He wrote a secret manuscript for the CIA called "Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception" in 1954. He continued to work for the CIA at least until 1958.

Mulholland, at the time, had one of the largest collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus with over 4,000 books.

He invented the Mulholland Box (a type of Okito coin box).

Books by

  • Magic in the Making (with Milton M. Smith 1925)
  • Quicker than the Eye (1932)
  • The Magic and Magicians of the World (1932)
  • Mulholland's Story of Magic (1935)
  • Beware Familiar Spirits (1938)
  • The Art of Illusion: Magic for men to do (1944)
  • Magic for Entertaining, The Early Magic Shows ( Reprint of "Art of Illusions" 1945)
  • John Mulholland's Book of Magic (1963)
  • Magic of the World (1965)

The Magical Mine - Key to Successful Communications (with George Gordon 1967)

  • The Girl in the Cage (a novel) with Cortland Fitzsimmons

Books about

  • The MagiCIAn: John Mulholland's Secret Life by Ben Robinson (2008)

References

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