John Mulholland

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John Mulholland
Born John Mulholland Jr.[i]
9 June 1898(1898-06-09)
Chicago, Illinois
Died 25 February 1970 (71)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Pauline Pierce (m. 1932)

John Mulholland (June 9, 1898 - February 25, 1970) was an American stage magician, active for some fifty years from the 1920s until his death. During the Second World War, Mulholland lectured on propaganda techniques and the "psychology of deception," this activity culminating in his becoming a consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1950s.

Selected Bibliography

Mulholland was also the editor of the The Sphinx from 1930 until 1953.

CIA Manuals

According to The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception, written by Robert Wallace, a former CIA officer, and H. Keith Melton, an intelligence historian, Mulholland wrote at least two manuals on sleight of hand and covert communication techniques as part of Project MKULTRA.

Press Coverage





  1. Public records — including the Cook Co. birth register, U.S. passport applications, and U.S. Census records — give his birth name as John Mulholland Jr., having been named for his father, John Mulholland (1857-1910); his mother was Irene May Mulholland, née Wickizer (1867-1951). This is contrary to reports that Mulholland was only his stage name.