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Ray Hafler

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Raymond W. Hafler
BornNovember 14, 1910
Greenfield, Ohio
DiedSeptember 21, 1981 (age 70)
Long Beach, CA

Ray Hafler (1910-1981), a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, joined the IBM in 1929. He retired from the Navy after 24 years in 1958 and took up a second career with the Municipal Courts of Long Beach.


Hafler's interest in magic began as a young boy and was influenced by the work of S. S. Henry and Thurston.

He was a member IBM Ring 96 (Long Beach), which he served as president; the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians; the S.A.M.; the Magic Circle (London), the Magic Castle (Hollywood); and the Psychic Entertainers Association.

Awards and honors

  • PCAM "Magi" trophy (1969)
  • LINKING RING Award of Merit for his article "Thoughts in Mentalism" (1971)


  • M-U-M, Vol. 43, No. 8, January 1954, Did Sleight of Hand Save a Head? By Lieut. Raymond W. Hafler U.S. Navy, Stories from WW II, page 317
  • Miracles of my Friends (1982), by Burton S. Sperber, Short Bio Ray Hafler, page 64
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 62, No. 1, January 1982, Broken Wand RAYMOND W. HAFLER, page 109
  • Genii, Vol. 45, No. 12, December 1981, Obituaries, Raymond W. Hafler, page 811