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John Mulholland The Mulholland "Grab"
1933 Farelli's Card Magic — Part One 18
John Mulholland Balance tip
1933 Farelli's Card Magic — Part One 37
John Mulholland, John Henry Anderson The J.H. Anderson Slip as a Reverse with improvement by Mulholland
1933 Farelli's Card Magic — Part Two 63
Theodore Annemann July 1935 on Jack Vosburgh, Arthur Felsman, Harry Blackstone, John Mulholland, Dave Alliston, Pablo, U. F. Grant, Frank Lane
1935 The Jinx (Issue 10) 49
Dr. Gordon C. Peck (reviewer) Modern Magic Programs No. 1 by John Mulholland 1937 The Jinx (Issue 30) 196
John Mulholland A Spirit Writes name of selection appears on another signed card
1938 Greater Magic 291
John Mulholland The Telephone Book Test
1938 Greater Magic 885
John Mulholland Magically Stringing Beads in mouth, credit information
1940 The Jinx (Issue 108) 648
John Mulholland On the Coin in Bottle
1940 The Jinx (Issue 108) 648
Unknown (reviewer) Philadelphia's Greater Magic Show show review, Elmer Eckam, "Balloons" Bonnert, John Mulholland,Roberta & Marlon, Al Flosso Miaco, Al Baker 1941 The Jinx (Issue 132) 759
John Mulholland (reviewer) Show at Brown's Camp by Bertram Adams 1941 The Jinx (Issue 147) 820
John Mulholland Introductions
1941 Our Mysteries 7
John Mulholland Introduction
1942 Silks Supreme iv
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on Joseph Dunninger, Richard Himber, Dell O'Dell, John Scarne, John Mulholland
1944 The Phoenix 51-100 (Issue 56) 231
John Mulholland What Manner of Man “The general ideas which a magician must bear in mind about the performance of magic, and a description of what magic is and why it works”
1944 The Art of Illusion 1
John Mulholland The Freely Selected Card concept of one-way backs, three methods of locating a freely selected card using one-way backs
  • I. Standard location
  • II. Card at number
  • III. Spectator locates card
1944 The Art of Illusion 12
John Mulholland I. Standard Location one-way backs
1944 The Art of Illusion 12
John Mulholland II. Card at Number magician notes card’s position in deck (one-way backs), miscalls several cards’ values that add up to the card’s position and spectator counts down
1944 The Art of Illusion 14
John Mulholland III. Spectator Locates Card three piles, selection appears on bottom of chosen pile, one-way backs, equivoque
1944 The Art of Illusion 18
John Mulholland Arranging Deck Openly applications
  • Setting a one-way deck to all face the same way
  • General setup of the deck for a trick, see p. 22
1944 The Art of Illusion 21
John Mulholland Red/Black Location standard location of two cards using red/black setup
Related to 1944 The Art of Illusion 22
John Mulholland Rings and Strings two strings tied and knotted around a borrowed pencil and finger rings, spectator holds strings and rings are freed
Related to 1944 The Art of Illusion 24
John Mulholland Magic Spelling three spelling-themed tricks:
  • I. Selection is spelled to
  • II. Values of entire suit spelled to in order
  • III. All court cards spelled to
1944 The Art of Illusion 29
John Mulholland Magic Spelling - I deck is shuffled, magician sets selection in position to be spelled to
1944 The Art of Illusion 29
John Mulholland I. Coin Vanish and Reappearance coin vanishes and reappears under a saltshaker, ashtray, in a sugar bowl or someone’s pocket, uses extra coin, see p. 43 for standing alternative
1944 The Art of Illusion 40
John Mulholland II. Torn and Restored Napkin T&R napkin, balled-up torn napkin is lapped and full one is already in other hand, see p. 43 for standing alternative
1944 The Art of Illusion 41
John Mulholland III. Transformation lapping used for transformation, “an olive can be transformed into a lump of sugar, a piece of paper can be changed into a potato chip, a blank domino can be turned into a double six”
1944 The Art of Illusion 43
John Mulholland Lapping Alternative When Standing
  • for coin vanish: scoop-ditching a coin off a plate so it falls behind it
  • for T&R napkin: scoop-ditching torn napkin behind book on table
1944 The Art of Illusion 43
Unknown The Hungry Jackass overview of stack
Related to 1944 The Art of Illusion 45
John Mulholland To Know By Sound Which Card Is Missing From the Deck spectator doesn’t see card, magician riffles deck to his ear and divines card, same method as p. 48
1944 The Art of Illusion 49
John Mulholland To Know How Many Cards Are Taken From the Deck cards taken in a group, cut deck at location of removal and sight top and bottom cards, magician says number of cards drawn and names each one
1944 The Art of Illusion 50
John Mulholland The Fortune Telling Cards deck is cut into three piles and top cards are set aside face down, packets are turned face up and magician gives a “reading” based on the bottom cards, then divines the three cards
1944 The Art of Illusion 51
John Mulholland A Current Prophecy spectator counts down to named number, card arrived at matches prediction, stack, crib card
1944 The Art of Illusion 53
John Mulholland Dealing the Winning Hand spectator chooses either Bridge or Poker and magician can deal himself a winning hand (Bridge), or himself and spectator a winning hand (Poker)
1944 The Art of Illusion 56
John Mulholland Shuffling the Deck and A Trick in Connection Therewith to give impression that stacked deck was shuffled, have duplicate deck shuffled and card selected, switch in stacked deck and have card replaced, find card and continue with stacked deck
1944 The Art of Illusion 58
John Mulholland The Prophetic Pennies spectator shuffles deck, freely chooses penny from a pile, date matches top four cards
1944 The Art of Illusion 62
John Mulholland Wrong Way for the Answer spectator memorizes serial number of one of five bills, all five are placed in magician’s pocket and he is able to remove the four bills the spectator is not thinking of
1944 The Art of Illusion 66
John Mulholland String for A Parcel magician displays two strings that are knotted together forming a loop, he cuts off one knot, other knot vanishes leaving full string, string stretches
1944 The Art of Illusion 72
John Mulholland By the Sense of Touch three selections are shuffled into deck, deck placed in magician’s pocket, he instantly pulls out each one
1944 The Art of Illusion 78
John Mulholland A Matter of Luck discs, each showing a different word on them, are mixed and spectator chooses one, they are mixed up in hat, magician can blindly pick out correct one
1944 The Art of Illusion 82
John Mulholland Beelzebub's Letter a letter that was mailed to magician yesterday contains a marked coin that just vanished today
1944 The Art of Illusion 87
John Mulholland Prepared Envelope and Letter slide/slot for coin to slide into and appear stuck to letter with adhesive strips
1944 The Art of Illusion 92
John Mulholland The Flight of A Coin marked coin vanishes and reappears inside an envelope inside a sealed box
1944 The Art of Illusion 96
John Mulholland Mind Signals “A system whereby the magician can communicate secretly to his assistant descriptions of playing cards, money, jewelry, and those miscellaneous articles a man has in his pockets and a woman carries in her handbag.”
  • Coding Playing Cards
  • Coding Denominations of Money
  • Coding Type of Jewelry
  • Coding Personal Property
    • Arm Signals
1944 The Art of Illusion 105
John Mulholland Coding Playing Cards
1944 The Art of Illusion 108
John Mulholland Coding Denominations of Money
1944 The Art of Illusion 113
John Mulholland Coding Type of Jewelry
1944 The Art of Illusion 115
John Mulholland Coding Personal Property miscellaneous items people carry
1944 The Art of Illusion 116
John Mulholland Expedited Coding – Arm Signals quicker process, using position of arm in tandem with the regular system
1944 The Art of Illusion 120
John Mulholland The Secrets Unraveled “Various additional items of information which a magician will find useful to know; such as how to make up a program and how to eliminate errors; as well as several additional feats of magic.”
1944 The Art of Illusion 125
John Mulholland Paper Card Through String string is threaded through a hole in a business card, under cover of handkerchief card is removed from string with hole intact, duplicate card
Related to 1944 The Art of Illusion 131
John Mulholland Combined Tricks begin with Hungry Jackass stack, deal into two piles to go into “Red/Black Location”, see references
Related to 1944 The Art of Illusion 135
John Mulholland Magic Flame sugar lump ignites and burns with blue flame, spectator cannot replicate this even with sugar from same bowl, lump dipped in cigar/cigarette ash
1944 The Art of Illusion 136
John Mulholland Jumping Flame two lit candles, after one is extinguished it is reignited from the other flame without touching it
1944 The Art of Illusion 137
John Mulholland Telekinesis object inside glass of ginger ale rises and sinks upon magician’s command
1944 The Art of Illusion 138
Paul Fleming (reviewer) The Art of Illusion by John Mulholland 1946 The Paul Fleming Book Reviews — Volume II 1
John Mulholland Introduction
1947 Gems of Mental Magic i
John Mulholland Slide Pass with a Single Coin false transfer
1948 Principles and Deceptions 81
Arthur Leroy Conjuror's Carousel on Dorothy Wolf, John Mulholland, Kuda Bux, Maurice, Norman Jensen
Mar. 1949 Grant's Inner Circle Magazine (Vol. 1 No. 5 & 6) 8
Nate Leipzig, Dai Vernon, John Mulholland, Francis Carlyle The Piano Card Trick No. 98
1950 Scarne on Card Tricks 187
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on John Mulholland, Paul Fleming, Rudy Miller, Milbourne Christopher, Blackstone, Paul Stadelman, Carl Ballantine, Roy Benson, Dr. Jaks, Norman Jensen
1950 The Phoenix 201 — 250 (Issue 216) 865
John Mulholland The Slide Vanish coin slides from left palm on the the right hand
1952 Modern Coin Magic 28
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on John Mulholland, Bob Lund, Eddie Joseph, Jay Marshall, Gen Grant, puzzle by Max Katz
1952 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 264) 1057
Bruce Elliott The Back Room on John Scarne, Ade Duval, John Mulholland, Keith Clark's Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks
1952 The Phoenix 251 — 300 (Issue 268) 1073
T. Nelson Downs An Extra Load for the Miser's Dream getting a forty coin load, described by John Mulholland
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 426
John Mulholland Quarter and Half Routine
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 445
John Mulholland The Mulholland Box cross-breeding of Okito and Al-'N-Nate
  • To Cause Six Coins to Disappear Inside A Closed Box
  • To Return The Six Coins to the Box
  • Coin Penetrating Box and Hand
  • Another Coin Penetration
1966 The New Modern Coin Magic 491
Karl Fulves Babel Tommy Cooper, John Mulholland quote, Bill Simon tale, faro tricks
June 1966 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 1 No. 8) 40
John Mulholland Hooker Rising Cards account of performance
0. Introduction
1. Miltiades Awakes
2. The Queen's Greeting
3. The King Arrives in His Aeroplane
4. Arrival of the Queens
5. The Parade
6. A Romance and a Tragedy
7. The Troublesome Joker
8. An Interesting Experiment
9. Seeing Is Believing
10. Follow Your Leader
11. The Encircling Ring
12. The Mystery Deepens
13. Miltiades III
14. A Positive Test
15. The Dance
16. The Signed Card
17. How Many?
18. And Still the Mystery Grows
19. Acrobats
20. The Conquest of the Air
21. Midnight Frolic
see p. 874
Apr. 1967 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 1-4 (Vol. 2 No. 6) 91
Karl Fulves Babel Jack Boschan's "Phosphorus" magazine, Ganson's "Unique Rope Routine" vs. George Sands routine, John Mulholland newspaper obituary
Mar. 1970 The Pallbearers Review Vol. 5-8 (Vol. 5 No. 5) 324
Unknown Notiz aus einer amerikanischen Zeitung on John Mulholland's death
1970 Hokus Pokus (Vol. 31 No. 3) 59
Karl Fulves (reviewer) Beware Familiar Spirits by John Mulholland 1979 Interlocutor (Issue 35) 140
John Ramsay Ramsay Reminiscences on Professor Morgan, Charlier, Old Malabar, Barnum, Magic Circle, Will Goldston, J. O'Neill Fisher, Charles Morrit, Horace Goldin, Chung Ling Soo, P. T. Selbit, Lewis Davenport, Dr. Byrd-Page, Walford Bodie, Allam Shaw, Nate Leipzig, Ernest Thorn, Max Sterling, Bob Gysel, Will Blyth, Dai Vernon, Max Holden, John Mulholland, Jack Salvin, G. W. Hunter, Edward G. Brown, Victor Farelli, The Flying Sorcerers, FISM 1950, Slydini, Francis Carlyle, FISM 1958, John Howe, Milbourne Christopher
1982 The Ramsay Finale 73
Unknown Rice Bowls various models, Hamley Magic Company, Klingl, John Mulholland, Brahman, Hoyam, Bartl, Roterberg, Mysto Magic, P&L, Hanson, Holden, Abbott, Nelson
1982 Further Classic Magic With Apparatus 40
John Henry Anderson, John Mulholland The J.H. Anderson Slip as a Reverse
Related to 1990 Close-up Impact! 122
John Mulholland Twenty Card Trick
1994 More Greater Magic 1095
John Mulholland, Michael F. Zens New Zens' 15 Cards and Envelope Trick
1994 More Greater Magic 1097
John Mulholland A Psychological Trick a la John Mulholland prediction of chosen letter, number and shape
1994 More Greater Magic 1155
John Mulholland Another Psychological Trick a la Mulholland psychological forces
1994 More Greater Magic 1157
John Mulholland, Karl Fulves Highway Robbery letters correspond to letters for fun number reveal
Related to
  • Demonstration of "Affinity of Letters and Figures" (Linking Ring, March 1933)
  • Informant (Karl Fulves, 1995)
1995 The Fine Print (Issue 1) 10
Karl Fulves Informant further comments and credit information on the referenced items
Related to 1995 The Fine Print (Issue 2) 32
John Mulholland Mulholland Slide
Related to 1997 L.I.N.T. — Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians 42
John Mulholland Triangulum jumbo cards arranged on stand in triangle, silks produced from them
1997 Intermagic (Vol. 21 No. 3) 120
Karl Fulves Introduction on Jerry Blount, George Johnstone, Micky Hades, adhesive remover "Un-du", exposure comment by Verrall Wass in The Sphinx Oct. 1943, Fred Keating story by John Mulholland from The Sphinx
1998 The Fine Print (Issue 8) 209
Michael Edwards The Sphinx and the Spy: The Clandestine World of John Mulholland
Apr. 2001 Genii (Vol. 64 No. 4) 22
John Mulholland From Section II: Tricks with Pills excerpt
Also published here
  • Some Operational Applications of The Art of Deception (John Mulholland for CIA, 1954)
Apr. 2001 Genii (Vol. 64 No. 4) 31
John Mulholland Ade Duval
  • The Sphinx Revisited
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, Dec. 1934
Dec. 2002 Genii (Vol. 65 No. 12) 24
John Mulholland Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception Written for the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) in 1954
  • Introduction by Richard Kaufman
Aug. 2003 Genii (Vol. 66 No. 8) 40
Jamy Ian Swiss (reviewer) The Magician: John Mulholland's Secret Life by John Mulholland (written by Ben Robinson) May 2009 Genii (Vol. 72 No. 5) 88
Sam Leo Horowitz A Quarter and a Half half dollar and quarter shown, then both change into half dollars, then one back to a quarter, with follow up suggestion by John Mulholland in which both coins become quarters
Also published here
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 50 No. 5, Sep. 1951
Mar. 2016 Genii (Vol. 79 No. 3) 70
Mike Caveney Les Levante to John Mulholland
  • Classic Correspondence
Nov. 2018 Genii (Vol. 81 No. 11) 50