Category: James Randi

Mystics offered million dollar challenge

Skeptic: Principles not based on science ‘nonsense’ STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Reuters) — A sworn enemy of superstition, Canadian-born magician James Randi has thrown down the gauntlet to mystics, promising $1 million to anyone who can prove supernatural powers or a phenomenon beyond the reach of science. An arch-skeptic who demonstrates with his own sleight of hand how easily it is to dupe the gullible into mistaking trickery for the supernatural, the bearded 76-year-old has written nine books and lectured at the White House, NASA and several top universities. The million-dollar “paranormal challenge” lends publicity to Randi’s life-long mission. His pursuit of

Portrait: James Randi: Schooled not to be fooled

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 26, 2002 http://www.usnews.com/ BY KIM CLARK FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — Nearly every time James Randi goes to a restaurant or a mall, somebody stops him to say that with his snowy beard, balding pate, and smiling eyes, he should play Santa Claus. Boy, have they got the wrong guy. Randi sometimes snaps back, “I haven’t heard that in . . . 20 minutes.” Actually, Randi can be quite jolly. As “the Amazing Randi,” his witty magic routines cracked up Tonight Show audiences in the 1970s and ’80s. And in his own cranky way, Randi