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prospero
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Well, I'm not sure if this belongs here, but it sure doesn't belong anywhere else.

The only information I have about the esteemed Mr. Mulholland's involvement with the United States Central Intelligence Agency comes from the Genii magazine article about those activites and http://www.frankolsonproject.org .

I was wondering if anybody else has any information on this subject, as I am very interested.
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John Mulholland was allegedly involved with the CIA in the post-World War II era -- the early days of the CIA when it replaced the wartime Office of Special Services, under Wild Bill Donovan.

Mulholland's involvement is a gray area at best, clouded with innuendo, suggestion, and very little fact, as most government situations were at that dark time in the Cold War.
Good luck on trying to ferret out any solid information— and keep us posted.
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You are right about Mulholland's possible connections. Magicians were somewhat valued by the various secret services because of their ability to create simple illusions that would fool the enemy. Maskelyne's involvement with the British secret service has been documented in The War Magician, but I don't think the documents relating to Mulholland have been declassified yet. Or, if so, they may be deep in the archives.

Can you imagine what it must have been like in those old days, when Radar was still fairly primitive? Think of all the fun it was to make a false Alexandria to fool the German bombers, and to create false landing strips, as well.

Mulholland spent a lot of time in Europe after the war. I think he was with the diplomatic corps. That sometimes meant "SPY."
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Yes--

--I work for the "State Department." I am a "diplomatic attache" and my work involves "international relations."--

I was reading about Mulholland's involvement with the CIA's MKULTRA program, i.e. poisoning American civilians with LSD. Apparently Mulholland was tasked to create a covert operations manual.
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I wonder why no one was interested in this??????
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Has anyone read this book:
https://www.amazon.com/Magician-John-Mul......s&sr=1-1

A book about all the magicians who worked with the Allies during WWII would be an interesting read. Other than John Mulholland, Jasper Maskelyne, and Clayton Hutton, are there any other magicians who might be included in such a tome?

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There was a TV series in the 1960' called "G.E. True" that had an episode about Clayton Hutton, Here's a link about the episode from the Internet Movie Database:

G.E. True (TV Series) Escape
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0584854/plo......synopsis


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