(lower east side Manhattan, New York City: 4th May 1926 - )
Professional memory expert. World-famous for his memory systems. Did a Giant Memory act for 20 years in the 1940s-60s. In this field wrote How to Develop a Super-Power Memory (1957, 217pp), which sold 8 million copies in 18 languages; and then 12 others, all best-sellers.
Part-time close-up magician. 1975 IBM Star of Magic award. 1981 AMA Literary Fellowship. 1983 SAM Magician of the Year. 1997 Tannen's "Louie" Award.
Prolific author in magic including Close-up Card Magic (1962, 272pp), Deck-sterity (1967, 160pp), Reputation Makers (1971, 287pp), Volume 7 of The Tarbell Course in Magic (1972, 490pp), Rim Shots (1973, 148pp, which is also a force book where 21st word of every trick is "that"), Afterthoughts (1975, 144pp), The Magic Book (1977), Quantum Leaps (1979, 248pp), Best of Friends (2 vols, 1982, 1985, 559+560pp), Star Quality: The Magic of David Regal (1987, 278pp), and Trendsetters (1990, 275pp). See also Richard Vollmer, The Very Best of Harry Lorayne (1977, in French) and Richard Vollmer, Lorayne on Cards (2 vols, 1979). Edited-wrote Apocalypse.