As a soldier in World War I, he became a member of the variety show. Dorny became involved with the I.B.M. and was given Number 4, though he claimed to be the first official member since the others were all officers.
The Chicago SAM Assembly #3, which he was a founder member, was named in his honor. He was also a member of the Magic Circle, the Dean of the Mazda Mystic Ring and the Wizards' Club in Chicago.
== Honors and Awards
- Master Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.
- Guest of Honor at 1982 IBM convention in New Orleans.
- Dean of the Society of American Magicians
- Trix and Chatter (l921)
- Dorny's Comedy Blackouts (1962)