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John Mulholland

John Mulholland

(9th June 1898 - 25th February 1970)

Born in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired at age 5 seeing Kellar show. Learned at age 13 when tutored by John William Sargent at $5 per hour. Debut at age 15. Pro performer-lecturer-collector. Last editor of The Sphinx 1932-53. SAM Hall of Fame.

A major collector of magic books (some 3,500 by 1937 and over 4,000 by his death) and memorabilia. He sold his superb collection to The Players club where it was housed until 1984 when sold to an anonymous patron, later sold to David Copperfield.

The MagiCIAn by Ben Robinson is the only biography of John Mulholland.

Coauthors: William John Hilliar, Albert M. Wilson, George N. Gordon

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John Mulholland & George N. Gordon
The Magical Mind by John Mulholland & George N. Gordon

If you are looking for answers about what we see, but not necessarily observe, you can do no better than to read this ebook, The Magical Mind, brought to you by two masters of perception.

With a new introduction by Ben Robinson, the expert on John Mulholland. From the introduction:

Mulholland had battled the use of propaganda during WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War. He knew that the work of those who sought to "brainwash" masses used the same tactics magicians use for entertainment – to lead the mind on ingeniously, step by step until self-logic is defeated. Gordon had taught thousands of...

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John Mulholland
Magic of the World by John Mulholland

This is a highly underrated magic book written by one of the masters and scholars of magic, John Mulholland, that is now again available in digital form as ebook. It comes with a brand new introduction by Ben Robinson, the expert on John Mulholland.

Here is an ebook of magic feats from countries all around the world that will delight aspiring young and old magicians alike.

John Mulholland drew on many years of experience as a performer. The result was this splendid collection of tricks, mysterious and fascinating to see, with which you can entertain your friends or paying clients.

Among the tricks...

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John Mulholland
Quicker Than The Eye by John Mulholland

This is a wonderfully readable and fascinating description of magic and its history. Written by one of the scholars of magic - John Mulholland. Ben Robinson, the expert on John Mulholland whom he researched for more than 30 years, writes in his introduction to this ebook:

"Quicker Than The Eye was John Mulholland's second book, and the first under solely his own name. It is a tale of adventure and creativity. The pages abound with names, dates, and thrilling stories of the great names in stage conjuring. It is an almost anecdotal history told in an easy-going, very readable style. Professionals today,...

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The Sphinx Volume 52 (Mar 1953) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1953
The Cover.
Bravo, Authors!4
Ready To Be Tied. By Milbourne Christopher.6
Singapore Sorcery. By Tan Hock Chuan.7
The Miracle from Mauretania. By Eddie Joseph.8
Rice's Tel-A-Color. By Harold R. Rice.8
Han Pien Chien. By Wilfrid Jonson.9
Ring Off The Rope. By Harlan Tarbell.10
A Subtle Disappearance. By Okito.11
The Stack of Quarters. By J. B. Bobo.12
My Favorite Bill Switch. John Scarne.13
Intensity. By Bill Simon.14
Magnetic Matches. By George McAthy.15
Magician's Mail. By Bruce Elliott.16
Queen of the Ribbon Cage. By Clettis V. Musson.17
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The Sphinx Volume 51 (Mar 1952 - Feb 1953) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1952
The Cover.3
The Sphinx Awards - 1952.4
Triple-Squared-Circle. By Birch.6
Foulard Transposition. By Okito.7
A Miracle Sleight. By "Silent" Mora.8
The Mystery Ball. By Billy Russell.9
A Sweet Trick. By Matt Schulien.010
Bullet Catching Trick. By Carlos. H. Colombi.011
A Utility Fake. By Bill Magini.12
Instant Flowers. By Peter Warlock.13
Chromo-spheres. By Dr. Jacob Daley.14
History of Magic. By P. C. Sorcar.16
An Aid to Telepathy. By Zerr.18
Singapore Surprise. By Tan Hock Chuan.19
Psychogony. By Eddie Joseph.20
"It's June in Miami". By Herman...
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The Sphinx Volume 50 (Mar 1951 - Feb 1952) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1951
The Magnetic Card. By Blackstone.9
Tarbell's Oranges. By Harlan Tarbell.10
Levante Levitation. By Les Levante.11
The Robert Harbin Flower Growth. Robert Harbin.12
The Bewitched Tubes. By Okito.13
Hindu Rope Mystery. By Birch.14
The Phantom Studio. By George LaFollette (Rush Ling Toy).16
The Dunninger Divination. By Joseph Dunninger.17
Diabolical Die. By P. C. Sorcar.18
Tah Suiee - The Fountain Pagoda. By Long Tack Sam.19
Bottoms Down. By Al Baker.20
The Invisible Flap. By Tan Hock Chuan.21
The Vanishing Leopard. By Virgil.22
A Card Problem. By...
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The Sphinx Volume 49 (Mar 1950 - Feb 1951) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1950
The Cover.4
Last Minute News.4
On This and That. By The Readers.4
The Traveling Centavos. By J. B. Bobo.5
The Three Bears. By George DeMott.6
Teevee Cabinet. By Karrell Fox, King of Korn.7
Fourfold Slate Prediction. By Roy Cowl.7
Fun With Cards. By Paul Stadelman: Thought Transference. Dr. Jaks' Card on the Wall.9
The Sphinx Awards.10
Magical Utopia.11
Magic Query.11
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.12
South American Notes. By E. Leslie Briant.12
Magic Query Answer.12
Count Ernest Patrizio and his Magic Wonders. By Milbourne Christopher.13
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The Sphinx Volume 48 (Mar 1949 - Feb 1950) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1949
The Cover.4
Magic in Print: Cyclopedia of Magic. Controlled Miracles. Thanks to Leipzig! John Ramsay's Routines With Cups and Balls. The Card Wizard. Blackstone's Tricks Anyone Can Do. Deux Conferences Sur La Prestidigitation.4
Card in the Jug. By Geo. Johnstone.5
Sorcar's Dictionary Trick. By P. C. Sorcar.6
"Come Black". By John Giordmaine.7
Three From Five is Nothing. By George DeMott.8
Exchanging the Pack. By Arthur Buckley.9
My Innocent Thimble "Pull". By Carlos H. Colombi.10
The Taming of the Shmoo. By Peter Van Note (With Eric Weinberger).10...
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The Sphinx Volume 47 (Mar 1948 - Feb 1949) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1948
The Sphinx Awards 1948.4
The Cover.4
Tricks I Like. By Al Baker.5
Variation on the Flower Cone. By David Bamberg, Carlos H. Colombi, and Graciela N. Avendano.6
Second Deal. By Douglas Francis.6
Sorcar's Vanishing Lamp. By P. C. Sorcar.7
Cigar Box Switch. By A. W. Fey.8
21st Century Card Trick. By C. Steffensen.9
England's Home of Mystery. Founded 75 Years Ago.10
Poster: Maskelyne and Cooke.11
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.12
South American Notes. By E. Leslie Briant.12
S.A.M. Parent Assembly Show.13
Swensk Magisk Cirkels Kongress. By Julius...
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The Sphinx Volume 46 (Mar 1947 - Feb 1948) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1947
The Sphinx Awards 19474
The Spinning Girl. By George La Follette.5
The Parasol Trick. By P. C. Sorcar.6
Improved Bill Tube. By Lestorte and Rowbotham.7
The Marvelous Blocks. By Edward W. Massey.8
My Talisman. By H. Ernst9
The Tambourine Rings. By George De Mott.9
Animal Container. By Silent Mora.10
Smile Please. By R. W. Edmanson.10
A False Shuffle. By Jerry McDermott.11
Horace Goldin "Saws a Woman". By Milbourne Christopher.12
Poster: Birch.13
BIRCH Master Magician and Company. By John Mulholland.14
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.17
North European...
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The Sphinx Volume 45 (Mar 1946 - Feb 1947) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1946
Miracles For Sale: The Great Gizmo Glass. Lighted Cigarette Dropper. Grant's Ring Box. Mortimer's Giant Dragon Papers. Arcuri Vanishing and Reappearing Necktie. Lapelette. Haunted House. Cocktail Shaker. Latest Cigarette Tube. Bone Box and Dog House. Telepathic Trio. How To Add Something To Something.4
Dollar'n Blitzen. By Al Baker.5
Lighter Magic. By Milbourne Christopher6
Some Paper Ideas. By Little Johnny Jones.6
A Spirit Picture. By Loring Campbell.7
The Four Queens Mystery. By John Giordmaine.7
Two Rope Effects. By Carlos H. Colombi.8
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The Sphinx Volume 44 (Mar 1945 - Feb 1946) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1945
The Famous Crystal Casket. A present-day version of a trick featured by John Wyman. By John Mulholland.5
Mind Reading Card Tricks. By Al Baker.6
Frame and Handkerchiefs. By Carlos H. Colombi.8
"The Rabbit Hat". By Sgt. Milbourne Christopher.8
The Break. By Hans van Baaren.8
"The Garden of Roses". By Hathaway.9
Color Change. By Sgt. Joseph K. Schmidt.9
Advertising Ice Breakers. By Tom Fitzgerald.10
Wyman the Wizard. By John Mulholland.11
For Bibliophiles Only. By Stanley Collins and James B. Findlay. The Waif and the Wizard by Edward Kent.21
The Future of Magic on...
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The Sphinx Volume 43 (Mar 1944 - Feb 1945) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1944
The Cover.4
With a Bow to Anderson. From notes by Brander Matthews.5
One Of The Ups and Downs Of Magic. By W. A. Russell.6
Hathaway Card Change. By Hathaway.7
Spelling. By Elmer Appelgit.7
Musical Magic. By San Era.8
Break-A-Way Die Box Routine. By Tommy Windsor.8
Dr. Brochu's Flash Card Location. By Dr. R. Brochu.9
Cards and Envelopes. By Eugene Laurant.10
Eugene Laurant Dies.11
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.12
S.A.M. Parent Assembly Show.12
John Henry Anderson "Great Wizard of the North"17
Editor's Page.20
Squawks. By Frazee.21
25 Years...
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The Sphinx Volume 42 (Mar 1943 - Feb 1944) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1943
Robert Heller.4
In The Manner of Heller. By John Mulholland.5
Easy Book Test. By Gerald Kosky.6
Invisible Card Reverse. By T. J. Crawford.7
Telepathic Television. By Hans Van Baaren, M.D.8
Soldier Magic. By Tommy Dowd.8
Rabbit Eggs. By John Brown Cook.10
1943 Show Parent Assembly S.A.M.15
22nd Annual Show Knights of Magic.15
29th Annual Dinner.15
My Father - Robert Heller. By Mary Adelaide Palmer Blanchet.16
Editor's Page.18
Squawks. By Frazee.19
25 Years Ago.19
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.20
Magic Flashes From South America. By E. Leslie...
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The Sphinx Volume 41 (Mar 1942 - Feb 1943) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1942
Meet The Dealers.3
Where They Are.3
Camera Record of the Parent Assembly, S.A.M. Annual Show. Photographs by Irving Desfor4
28th Annual Dinner. By C. Talvades.4
Annual Show. By Vin Carey.4
The Queen's Court of Baron Seamon. By Ed Reno.5
A New Effect with a Die. By Hans Van Baaren, M.D.6
New Salt Shaker. By Harold Pearson.6
Gloves. By Robert Harbin.7
Calling the Numbers. By Milbourne Christopher.8
The Rising Card. By Alex Valden.8
The Orange Force. By Dave Price.8
London Notes. By Wilfrid Jonson.13
"On the Spot". By Dorny.13
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The Sphinx Volume 40 (Mar 1941 - Feb 1942) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1941
The Birth of Old Glory. By A. M. Wilson, M.D.7
The Magic Door. By Howard Thurston.8
Card Effect With Two Packs. By Nate Leipzig.10
Potato Jones And His Amazing Disappearance. Horace Goldin.11
The Miser's Dream As I Do It. By T. Nelson Downs.12
Houdini-Hardeen Strait-Jacket Escape. By Theo. Hardeen Brother of Houdini.14
Hi-Strung. By Okito and Fu-Manchu.16
The Witch Of The Flame. Eugene Laurant.18
The Triple Escape. By Levante.20
A Great Production. By Blackstone.21
The Coin Roll Vanish. By Paul LePaul.22
Birch Vanishes Fifty Rabbits. By Birch.23...
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The Sphinx Volume 39 (Mar 1940 - Feb 1941) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1940
Elmer P. Ransom.4
Index for Volume XXXVIII4
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.4
Miracles for Sale: The Floating Marvel. The Albenice Arabian Bead Mystery. Zufall's Saturday Evening Post Trick. The block of Mohamet. Chopper Guillotine. Albenice Serpent Silk. Alarm Clocks from a Hat.4
Scheduled Events in Magic: Magic in New York. Annual Night of Magic. Harry Rouclere Testimonial Dinner. Greater Magic Show. 36th Annual Dinner. The National Conference of The S.A.M. The I.B.M. Convention. The P.C.A.M. Convention.4
The Dancing Handkerchief. By Elmer P. Ransom.5...
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The Sphinx Volume 38 (Mar 1939 - Feb 1940) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1939
Harry Kellar. By Nate Leipzig.4
Three Conventions.4
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.4
From Letters to the Editor.4
Kellar's Magic. By Elmer P. Ransom.5
Harry Kellar. By Harry Houdini.6
What I Learned From Kellar. By Grant Stuart.6
"I Met Kellar" By Dorny.7
The Easter Surprise. By Rod Roddick.8
Word Prediction. By Tom Sellers.8
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.9
- New Moves on the Three Shell Game. By Hy Grober.9
- Magic Purse. By R. M. Jamison.9
- "Stung". By Joseph Rukus.10
- Penny Vise. By R. M. Jamison.10
- Card Ashes. By Joseph Rukus.10
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The Sphinx Volume 37 (Mar 1938 - Feb 1939) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1938
David Devant. By A. Zomah.4
The Sphinx Award Winners For 1938: Hy Harris - Professional, T. Sakamoto - Amateur.4
More than Tricks. By David Devant.5
Any Card Mentioned Rises. By Grant Stuart.6
The Sympathetic Shuffle. By Roy Walker.6
George Melies Dies. By Victor Farelli.7
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.7
Dean Frederick Eugene Powell dies.7
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.8
- Mentalia. By Clifford L. Jordan.8
- A Surprising Production. By Tan Hock Chuan.9
- My-Tube-Sto. By Joseph Rukus.10
- Magic Rice Bowl. By Joseph Rukus.10
Devid Devant in New...
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John Mulholland
The Sphinx Volume 36 (Mar 1937 - Feb 1938) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1937
Le Paul.4
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.4
Magical Maxims. By S. H. Sharpe.4
Miracles For Sale.4
The Lightning Bird. By Keith Clark.5
Ghost Eyes. By Jack McMillen and Judson Brown.6
Further Ideas. By Jacques Morintell.6
Ribbons and Bouquet. By J. Brown.7
The Winners for 1937 of The Sphinx Award: Professional, John Booth. Amateur, Tan Hock Chuan.7
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.8
- Announcement Extraordinary!!!8
- Change Over Palm With Cards. By Lion.8
- The Six Dollar Trick. By C. Brustia.8
- ...And Now "The Flying Card" By Paul Morris.8
- That's...
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The Sphinx Volume 35 (Mar 1936 - Feb 1937) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1936
Dr. A Wilson. By Joe G. Lightner.4
Five Hands. By Nate Leipzig.5
The King's Crown. By Hardeen.6
A Glass for Coin Tricks. By Herman Hanson.6
A Useful "Number" Trick. By Edward Victor.7
Message From Beyond. By Al Baker.7
Sympathetic Reverse. By Wilfrid Jonson.8
Di-Divisor. By Royal V. Heath.8
Publicity and Magic. By Carl W. Jones.8
Next Month.8
Personality and Presentation. By Tommy Martin.9
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.10
- The Magic Bookcase. By Joseph Rukus.10
- Confetti To Flowers. By George Dryden.10
- The Wandering Dollar Bill. By Joseph...
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The Sphinx Volume 34 (Mar 1935 - Feb 1936) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1935
Jack Gwynne.4
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines. By Charles A. Leedy.4
The Turn-Over-Vanish. By Jack Gwynne.5
A Club Version of the Bullet Catching Trick. By Lynn Searles.6
Phantom Eyes. By Gerald Kosky.6
Wand That Defies Gravity. By William Meyn.6
The Sphinx Award Winners.7
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.8
- Tobacco and Cigarette Effects. By Joseph Rukus.8
- Multiplication at Sight. By Gerald Kosky.8
- Presto! By Richard Haldini.9
- Eastman's Coffee and Bean Trick. By W. F. Eastman.9
- A Novel Egg Trick. By Prof. George Dryden.9
- Botalinsky. By...
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The Sphinx Volume 33 (Mar 1934 - Feb 1935) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1934
Is Stage Magic Doomed, Mr. Cardini? By Arthur Punnar.4
The Sphinx Award. Herman L. Weber, professional; Howard Savage, amateur.5
Signs on the Road to Magicland. By David Devant.6
Billet Burning. By Andrew Brennan.6
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.6
Chinese Magic. By Levante.7
James Stevenson Dies.8
Austrian Magicians. By Ottokar Fischer.9
The Bathing Tent Girl. By Will Goldston.10
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.11
- Let the Audience Do the Work. By Paul Morris.11
- A Rhapsody in Flowers. By Nellini.11
- Topsy-Turvy Ace. By Felice Manna.12
- Telltale...
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The Sphinx Volume 32 (Mar 1933 - Feb 1934) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1933
Silk Production Novelty. By Fred Mintz.5
Out Pops the Number Think of a Card. By R. V. Heath.6
Charlie Leedy's Patter Lines.6
Spirits Tricky. By B. M. L. Ernst.6
"Magicaal Fun-Nocracy". By George Schulte.6
A Letter to Harold. By Al Baker.6
Current Magic: Edited by Baffles.7
- Cones, Silks and Balls. By E. L. Briant.7
- The Mystery of T. By Joseph Rukus.7
- Color Changing Silk. By Joseph Rukus.7
- Surprise Silk Production. By Joseph Rukus.8
- Silk to Confetti. By Joseph Rukus.8
- Modernistic Dye Tube. By R. G. Caldron.8
Random Thoughts of a Magical...
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The Sphinx Volume 31 (Mar 1932 - Feb 1933) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1932
Hail and Farewell: Adelaide Herrmann.4
After Thrity Years.5
Current Magic. Edited by Baffles:7
- Card Effect No. 20. By John H. Keller.7
- A Sucker Card Gag. By Searles the Subtle.7
- A Suggestion or So and an Effect or Two. By Wilbur T. Kattner.7
- Card in Candy Box. By Len Bossard.8
- The Restored Ribbon. By Joseph Rukus.8
- Target Rising Card. By Joseph Rukus.8
- A Mirror Glass Silk Routine. By Searles the Subtle.8
- Cup and Ball Routine. By R. M. Jamison.9
- Patter and Transposition of Cards. By Isadore the Inscrutable.10
- Pack Transposition....
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The Sphinx Volume 30 (Mar 1931 - Feb 1932) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1931
Who's Who In Magic: Charles Armor Leedy; Ellinor Redan; Harry Redan; A. Eldon Duke; Ben R. Badley; Knut Korling; Vincent Dalban; John Elder Blackledge; John Platt; John Booth.2
Told to the Sphinx.2
Photos: Howard Thurston; Horace Goldin.4
The Dragon Lantern Production. By Silent Mora.5
Little Journeys Into the Lives of Big Magicians. By William J. Hilliar.6
A House of a Thousand Memories. By Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans.7
Sketcho the Great. By the Savage Brothers.10
Pulls Los Angeles Express From the Hat. Duval Featured. Zingone Honorary Member. Al Baker Likes...
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The Sphinx Volume 29 (Mar 1930 - Feb 1931) by John Mulholland


NO. 1: MARCH 1930
Clayton William Rosencrance.5
Second Annual S.A.M. National Conference.5
M.U.M. Edited by John Mulholland.6
- Society of American Magicians (Parent Assembly). By Richard Van Dien.6
- Parent Assembly's Big Show.7
- High Honor for Dr. Prince.10
- Boston Assembly No. 9. By Leland C. Wyman.10
- Pittsburgh Assembly No. 18.11
- Philadelphia Assembly No. 4. By Doc. Endlich.11
- Central City Assembly No. 14. By E. R. Hall.11
- Queen City Mystics No. 11. By Leslie P. Guest.11
- Doings From Cleveland No. 10. By G. V. Holland.12
- Gossip and Gimmick. By John...
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William John Hilliar & Albert M. Wilson & John Mulholland
The Sphinx by William John Hilliar & Albert M. Wilson & John Mulholland

You get all 52 volumes (597 issues), almost 17,000 pages as color PDF files (one for each volume). We have added to that a complete index stretching over 540 pages. (Don't ask us how long it took to prepare this index because it will bring up painful memories.) Additionally you receive an introduction by Bill Kuethe, an article about The Sphinx by Gabe Fajuri, a presentation about The Sphinx also by Gabe Fajuri and the personal research A. M. Wilson's granddaughter, Mary Syphus, conducted about Wilson.

One could write long articles about The Sphinx. Two are included as introductions to this...

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