Harry Lorayne (born 1926) is a memory-training specialist and magician who has been called "The Yoda of Memory Training" by Time magazine. He is well known for his mnemonic demonstrations and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His book The Memory Book was a New York Times bestseller. His card magic, especially his innovations in card sleights, is still used by professional magicians.
Lorayne has published several books and videos on card magic and is a writer of technical literature for magicians. Magic magazine May 1999 included him in a list of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century.
For twenty years, Lorayne wrote and published the magazine Apocalypse. His latest book for magicians is Lorayne: The Classic Collection, an updated collection of his first four magic books of the 1960s. Lorayne is the author of the NY Times bestseller The Memory Book.
To demonstrate his memory, Harry Lorayne would stand beside the president of the club he was visiting and be introduced to each member. The number of members of a club could reach up to 1,500. After an hour and a half, Lorayne would speak about memory for about 20 minutes and then ask if anyone had a question. He promised that he would pay any questioner whose name he could not remember a thousand dollars. He always remembered the names of every member of the audience. Lorayne also made news by memorizing and recalling information from phone books with no errors.
In 1961, Lorayne published a book called Secrets of Mind Power. The book tells readers how to improve their thinking skills for success. In Chronicles, Volume 1, Bob Dylan writes that he read Lorayne's book shortly before breaking through as a music star after finding it in the book collection of a friend.
In 2007, Lorayne published Ageless Memory, which he called his legacy book.
Lorayne, Harry (1961). How To Develop A Super-Power Memory. Harry Lorayne's Secrets of Mind Power. F. Fell. p. 241 pages. ISBN B0007GR0X2. , on Amazon
Lorayne, Harry (1968). The Harry Lorayne Memory Isometrics Course. Geneva. p. 241 pages. ISBN B0014L8UBK. , on Amazon
Lorayne, Harry (1986). The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play. Ballantine Books. p. 224 pages. ISBN 0345337581. , on Amazon
Lorayne, Harry (2007). Ageless Memory: Simple Secrets for Keeping Your Brain Young. Black Dog and Leventhal. p. 239 pages. ISBN 13:978-1-57912-750-3. , on Amazon
Lorayne, Harry (1990). Super Memory, Super Student: How to Raise Your Grades in 30 Days. Little Brown and Company. p. 180 pages. ISBN 13:978-0-316-53268-6. , on Amazon
How To Develop a Super Power Memory, by Harry Lorayne, First Published 1958.
How to get Rich Using the power of your mind, by Harry Lorayne (Paperback - 2003)
Page-A-Minute Memory Book, by Harry Lorayne (Paperback - 09-1996)
Miracle Math, by Harry Lorayne (250 p. 1992
Close-Up Card Magic - 1962 Personal Secrets - 1964 My Favorite Card Tricks - 1965 Dingle's Deceptions - 1966 Best of Bill-fooled Deck-Sterity - 1967 Miracle Math - 1968 Reputation-Makers - 1971 Rim Shots - 1973 Afterthoughts - 1975 Remembering People (The Key To Success)2008 The Epitome Location - 1976 Tarbell #7 The Magic Book - 1977 Star Quality - 1979 Quantum Leaps - 1980 Doug Edwards Packs A Wallop Best of Friends, Vol. 1 The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel Trend Setters - 1982 Best of Friends, Vol. 2 "Best Ever" 4-Vol. DVD set Personal Collection - 1999 The Himber Wallet Book Best of Friends, Vol. 3 Apocalypse Magazine - 1978-1997 Lorayne: The Classic Collection, Vol. 1 - 2005 Lorayne: The Classic Collection, Vol. 2 - 2008 Lorayne: The Classic Collection, Vol. 3 - coming