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Bernard Zufall
BornBernard Zufall
June 6, 1894
New York City
DiedJanuary 1971 (age 76)
Forrest Hills, Queens, New York City

Bernard Zufall (1894-1971) was a semi-professional performer and memory expert who billed himself as the "Human Encyclopedia".


An assistant commercial vice-president of General Electric, Zufall was a former instructor in necromancy at the Y.M.C.A. and a member of the S.A.M. and I.B.M..[1][2]

Zufall amassed, at the time, the world's largest collection of mnemonic literature, containing more than a thousand different titles (from as early as 1466 AD). The collection was given to Yale University Library, in New Haven, Connecticut. A description of this collection was given by H. Adrian Smith, in The Linking Ring, June, 1939.[3]

He was a member of the Carl Rosini SAM Assembly No. 82 (Clearwater, Florida), in the 1960s.


  • Zufall's Memory Trix. Six volumes (1940):
    • Magazine Memorizing.
    • Mental File Index.
    • Memorizing the Calendar.
    • Memorizing a Deck of Playing Cards.
    • Memorizing Numbers.
    • Memorizing Facts and Figures


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, August, 1934
  3. Hugard's Magic Monthly June 1955