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[[John Mulholland]] (1898 - 1970), born in Chicago, but moved to New York City when young with his mother started performing as a teenager and went on to become authority on magic.  
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'''John Mulholland''' (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 a widely respected 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".
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== Career in Magic ==
  
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).  
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Mulholland was taught by [[John William Sargent]]. During his career, he performed in forty-two countries, authored ten books on magic, and performed at the White house eight times. His 90-minute stage show was carried in two suitcases. He also served as a consultant on conjuring for the ''Encyclopedia Britannica'' and the ''Merriam-Webster Dictionary''. He was, at one time, the only magician listed in "Who's Who in America".
  
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 classified manuscripts for the CIA. Two that are known are "Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception" and "Recognition Signals" in 1954. He continued to work for the CIA at least until 1958.
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He also invented the "Mulholland Box" (a type of [[Okito coin box]]).
  
Mulholland, at the time, had one of the largest collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus with over 4,000 books.  
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In the 1930s, he took over ''[[The Sphinx]]'', the largest magic magazine at it's time, after the death of [[A. M. Wilson]], and continued as the editor for 23 years. Mulholland stopped the ''Sphinx'' to  become a consultant to the newly created CIA in 1953, although he told subscribers it was due to health reasons.
  
He invented the Mulholland Box (a type of [[Okito coin box]]).
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== Career with U.S. Intelligence ==
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Mulholland was recruited by Sidney Gottleib in 1953, for the top secret CIA project known as "MK-ULTRA".  His assignments included working with billionaires and inventors, cracking codes and delving into the world of ESP research, experiments with the use of LSD, and writing a manual on deception for use in the Cold War.
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He also wrote classified manuscripts for the CIA.  Two that have since been de-classified are: "Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception", and "Recognition Signals" in 1954. Mulholland continued to work for the CIA at least until 1958.
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== Death ==
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Mulholland died in New York City on February 25, 1970 at age 71.
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At the time of his death, Mulholland had one of the largest collections of magic memorabilia and apparatus (including almost all of [[Houdini]]'s paper archival estate that had not been given to the Library of Congress) and a library of over 4,000 books.  Following his death, illusionist [[David Copperfield]] purchased most of Mulholland's archival magic estate and library (including the entire Houdini archival collection and library owned by Mulholland) all of which is now housed in Copperfield's [[International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts]] in Las Vegas.
  
 
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John Mulholland

Cover of Genii - June 2013
BornJune 9, 1898
Chicago, Illinois
DiedFebruary 25, 1970 (age 71)
New York City, New York
NationalityAmerican
CategoriesBooks by John Mulholland

John Mulholland (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 a widely respected authority on magic.

Career in Magic

Mulholland was taught by John William Sargent. During his career, he performed in forty-two countries, authored ten books on magic, and performed at the White house eight times. His 90-minute stage show was carried in two suitcases. He also served as a consultant on conjuring for the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. He was, at one time, the only magician listed in "Who's Who in America".

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

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

Career with U.S. Intelligence

Mulholland was recruited by Sidney Gottleib in 1953, for the top secret CIA project known as "MK-ULTRA". His assignments included working with billionaires and inventors, cracking codes and delving into the world of ESP research, experiments with the use of LSD, and writing a manual on deception for use in the Cold War.

He also wrote classified manuscripts for the CIA. Two that have since been de-classified are: "Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception", and "Recognition Signals" in 1954. Mulholland continued to work for the CIA at least until 1958.

Death

Mulholland died in New York City on February 25, 1970 at age 71.

At the time of his death, Mulholland had one of the largest collections of magic memorabilia and apparatus (including almost all of Houdini's paper archival estate that had not been given to the Library of Congress) and a library of over 4,000 books. Following his death, illusionist David Copperfield purchased most of Mulholland's archival magic estate and library (including the entire Houdini archival collection and library owned by Mulholland) all of which is now housed in Copperfield's International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts in Las Vegas.

Books by

  • Conjurer and Pedagogue (with Milton M. Smith 1924)
  • Magic in the Making (with Milton M. Smith 1925)
  • Behind the Magician's Curtain (1928)
  • Quicker than the Eye (1932)
  • The Magic and Magicians of the World (1932)
  • Mulholland's Story of Magic (1935)
  • Modern Magician: A Pocket Manual of Tricks (1937)
  • Beware Familiar Spirits (1938)
  • The Girl in the Cage (a novel with Cortland Fitzsimmons, 1939)
  • Christmas Conjurer (ca. 1940)
  • Magic in the Library (1943)
  • The Art of Illusion: Magic for Men To Do (1944)
  • Magic for Entertaining, The Early Magic Shows ( Reprint of "Art of Illusions" 1945)
  • Practical Puppetry (1961)
  • John Mulholland's Book of Magic (1963)
  • Magic of the World (1965)
  • The Magical Mind - Key to Successful Communications (with George Gordon 1967)

References

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