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Rudy Tinoco

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I found the episode of Johnny Carson where Harry demonstrated his amazing memory techniques.

I edited the thing down to include his entire appearance. Enjoy!!



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Very impressive.
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That is a very incredible feat. And very entertaining to watch. I watch two times!

Is this really something that anyone can do? Or does Mr. Lorayne have an extra special gift?
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I found the episode of Johnny Carson where Harry demonstrated his amazing memory techniques.

I edited the thing down to include his entire appearance. Enjoy!!



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That was amazing
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Such fantastic showmanship! There is so much to learn here about presentation.
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Hey harry, did Johnny have any favorite magic of yours he used?
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    Yes, a few. One that he always did was my Out Of My Control - the one where you lose a selection into the deck and then the spectator deals cards onto your hand one at a time, as you tell him to stop whenever he likes. And - he stops on his card. It's from a very early book of mine.
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It would be interesting to know Mr Lorayne's thoughts on Carson.  Looking back, he seems like the perfect talk show host - smart, witty, and cool enough to let his guests do their thing and get the applause without trying to one-up them.
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It would be interesting to know Mr Lorayne's thoughts on Carson.  Looking back, he seems like the perfect talk show host - smart, witty, and cool enough to let his guests do their thing and get the applause without trying to one-up them.


Theres a podcast out there called the Carson podcast you might be interested in. Here's the one they did with Harry: http://carsonpodcast.com/harry-lorayne/
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That was impressive! 

Such showmanship..you go Harry!
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It would be interesting to know Mr Lorayne's thoughts on Carson.  Looking back, he seems like the perfect talk show host - smart, witty, and cool enough to let his guests do their thing and get the applause without trying to one-up them.


I'd be interested in that too. My wife and I watched a documentary about Johnny several months ago. Seems like he was an interesting man. Not exactly the same outgoing and personable guy offstage as he was on stage.

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I'd be interested in that too. My wife and I watched a documentary about Johnny several months ago. Seems like he was an interesting man. Not exactly the same outgoing and personable guy offstage as he was on stage. Rudy


I hate to repost this in the same thread, but really do check out this podcast if that is the case:

http://carsonpodcast.com/harry-lorayne/
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I hate to repost this in the same thread, but really do check out this podcast if that is the case:

http://carsonpodcast.com/harry-lorayne/


I'm checking it out right now. Thanks!

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I believe it was in his book, Before I Forget, where Mr. Lorayne related how he was a frequent guest as a memory expert on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  After one show where he revealed that he was a magician, the bookings were much more infrequent, if at all.  I wonder what exactly caused that to happen.  Could it be that audiences began to believe the memory demonstrations were simply magic tricks?
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I believe it was in his book, Before I Forget, where Mr. Lorayne related how he was a frequent guest as a memory expert on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  After one show where he revealed that he was a magician, the bookings were much more infrequent, if at all.  I wonder what exactly caused that to happen.  Could it be that audiences began to believe the memory demonstrations were simply magic tricks?

Interesting question

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   billmarq: That's news to me!
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   billmarq: That's news to me!


And your memory does not fail you so you would be correct!
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   billmarq: That's news to me!


Sorry.  I must be mis-remembering something.

In the future I shall research Before I speak!

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Sorry.  I must be mis-remembering something.

In the future I shall research Before I speak!






Hi Bill,

You only misremembered which Harry you heard that story from.

Here is Harry Riser talking about it...


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    That's it, Rudy. And Harry (Riser) was, not meaning to do so, making up a couple of things. But, you know - that's okay - at least people are talking about me!!!!
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Nice to know that I am only half crazy. [smile]  Yes, I did watch that video at about the same time I was reading Before I Forget.   Thanks, Rudy, and my apologies to Mr. Lorayne.  

 And not that it matters at all or is even relevant, but my dad went to high school with Johnny Carson.  We were big fans of his show.

I do have a question, though, for Mr. Lorayne - Did you ever appear on Art Linkletter's House Party television show?  Another of my obscure memories is one of you calling out the names of the audience on that show, but with my obviously flawed memory it might have been a different show or even one of your imitators. 

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       I don't think so, billmarq, but they are all kinda' blending in my mind. Did Art's son do a TV show? Don't know why, but something to do with his son just flitted through my mind.

       But it's possible you're thinking of one of the many appearances I did on so many other shows - to list a few: David Sussking, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, John Davidson, Ed Sullivan, The Today Show, Good Morning America, many times with Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin, That's Incredible, and many local shows when doing a book promotion tour, news shows, etc. Might have been one those you have in mind.
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Many thanks for the podcast link - a very enjoyable 'listen'.

And obviously thanks also to Harry for taking part in the interview.

Just one thing Harry. Although not in the same league as remembering 400 people (x2........that rehearsal incident made me chuckle) for many years I worked as a comedian - primarily on UK Stag Nights (gentleman's evenings). Unlike comedy in cabaret, I had a set of one-liners in my head to do anything from a 45 minute to an hour spot. Very often, I could just go into auto pilot and remember these in structured segments - your memory book helped - I first read it when I was 15.

However, the question is this. I have, over the years, had actual, real nightmares that I'm on stage and couldn't remember one gag. On another occasion, I dreamt that I had been booked as a singer......I can't sing a single note to save my life! In these dreams, I'm standing on a stage, in front of an audience, and can't remember a damn thing.

Just wondering, have you ever had similar experiences - or should I call the men in white coats? [wink]
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     Yes, Barry. As a matter of fact there's a section titled Nightmare in my "rememoir" BEFORE I FORGET - telling about it.  Basically, it tells about a nightmare I often had that finally really happened. Then, I never had that nightmare again.
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Thanks for the reply Harry.

Glad to know it wasn't me cracking up after all.

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