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Murphy first covered the World Series of Poker in 1983, an event with just over 100 players. Now he follows today’s poker celebrities: the “All in” superstars who live in the world of agents, book deals, DVD packages, poker camps, paid personal appearances, endorsements, and guest spots on major talk shows.

As “Murphy James,” he has been published in the gaming field in Poker News, Strip Las Vegas, FemmeFan, Farmhouse Magazine, Philly Spectrum, Grantsmanship Center Magazine, Gentleman’s Companion, Gent , Gaming International , San Antonio Sunday Express-News, Dallas Times Herald, and the St. Petersburg Times. His business articles have appeared in Entrepreneur (five times), and Income Opportunities.

He will deliver his lecture series, "Legends of Poker," on three cruises in 2006: the Sapphire Princess to Mexico in May, Grandeur of the Seas to the western Caribbean in September, and the Dawn Princess to Mexico in November.

In “real life,” Harry Murphy holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. His career experiences include: teacher of the deaf in Pennsylvania, researcher in deafness at John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles (John Tracy is the deaf son of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Tracy), Assistant Director of the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and Founder and first Director of the Center on Disabilities at CSUN.

In 1985 he created the largest conference in the world on technology and disability, with more than 4,000 people from every state and 40 countries coming to Los Angeles each year. He has conducted training programs in Ireland. Today he serves as chairperson of a major European conference, based in Linz, Austria, on technology and disability.

He has conducted workshops on the topics of proposal development and grants management in all 50 states, training more than 3,000 people.  He is a reviewer of grant proposals for the U. S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

An accomplished public speaker, Murphy has keynoted technology conferences throughout the United States and in a dozen foreign countries, often speaking before 1,000 people or more.

He resides in Marin County, California.

For information about the Harry J. Murphy Catalyst Award, given by the University of Wisconsin, go to

For an interview with Dr. Harry Murphy, conducted by AFB Access World, see

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