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John Mulholland authored "The Art
of Illusion". Although it was 160 pages of text in the hardcover
version [shown left], it was issued in a special format so that it
could fit into the shirtpockets of American soldiers in World War
II [see left} and used by them as a recreation and diversion.
"The Art of Illusion" was also
reissued as the popular book "Magic for Entertainment".
"Magic in the Making" was another
of Mulholland's historical treastises on magic.
Essentially self-taught, Mulholland had
never managed to obtain a degree of any type, but was recognized as
perhaps the leading intellectual in magic in his time.
He edited the prestigious magical journal,
Mulholland gave up the editorshipof the
Sphinx in 1953, and discontinued its publication.
Recent scholarship has authoritatively
suggested that at the time, around the height of the Cold War, Mulholland
in fact went to work for the CIA, responding to their invitation to
teach the rules and art of deception for use in covert activities.
Mulholland's personal library of magic
was one of the most comprehensive in history.