Modesty is a word that totally not describes Harry Lorayne. Here are some others: Understatement, dignity, frugality and discreet.
Harry has always been a loud mouthed, opinionated man with an ego problem seemingly driven by inferiority complexes. But also a man who is smart, a workaholic, a very good magic teacher and someone with a great understanding of magic.
And that is just what I get when reading the Apocalypse. But things changed radically so it seems when Harry got an Internet connection. And a whole new ugly side of Harry Lorayne was brought to my attention. His hustler like behavior at the Magic Café. Almost every post he does is a sales pitch for at least one of his books. So you can add sleazy salesman to the list. That is my opinion, simply because that is not a way a fair seller does business.
It seems like Harry Lorayne has not understood how the Internet works. It is not well placed advertisement if anyone can see the spamming of:
"Out of This Universe and Impromptu Out of This World, both in The Classic Collection, Volume 1. How "in the world" can you go wrong?! HL."
"I taught the Curry Turnover Change back in my first book - in 1962, been using it ever since - and it sure isn't obvious in my hands - or in the hands of others all over the world, etc. Please, speak for yourself - and you might even pick up The Classic Collection, Vol. 1, go to the Close-Up Card Magic section, and learn the move. HL."
"You can find my The Scoop Change in the Reputation-Makers section of The Classic Collection, volume 2."
"My The Lorayne Force is surefire - Martin Nash used it ALL the time."
"Yes; on Volume 1 of my 4-volume "Best Ever" DVD set, my Lorayne Force is used for a "sandwich" effect - the basic move is taught there. HL."
Enough is enough... I heard that when we get older the ability to filter shit gets weaker and weaker. If this is so, Harry has lost it.
He is just a naked man with no more secrets. His character traits are open for all to see and all we see is a grumpy old man who seems unable to cope with the fact that he is not the Messiah of magic and that his prime is over.
So is he a WMF? No... I pity him.
And to those who are pissed off at him... here is a saying my grandma used to give me: "Before you take an advise, take a look where the advise comes from." The same holds true for nasty comments and just mean spirited words.