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 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.
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.
Mulholland had one of the largest collection of magic memorabilia and apparatus.
He invented the Mulholland Box (a type of Okito coin box).
- Mulholland's Story of Magic (1935)
- The Art of Illusion: Magic for men to do (1944)
- Mulholland's Book of Magic (1963)
- Magic of the World (1965)
- The MagiCIAn: John Mulholland's Secret Life by Ben Robinson (2008)
- Genii 2001 April: THE SPHINX AND THE SPY The Clandestine World of John Mulholland By Michael Edwards