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.

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).

Books by

  • Mulholland's Book of Magic
  • Mulholland's Story of Magic
  • The art of illusion;: Magic for men to do
  • Magic of the world

Books about

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


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