Amazing James Randi

On this date in 1928, the Amazing James Randi was born in Canada. James Randi has used his international reputation as a magician and escape artist to investigate and expose claims of the paranormal. He exposed both psychic "spoonbender" Uri Geller and "faith-healer" Peter Popoff on the "Johnny Carson Show." His numerous awards and recognitions include a "Genius" Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986. In 1993, PBS-TV's "NOVA" dedicated a one-hour special to coverage of Randi's work, particularly his investigations of Geller and various occult and healing claims being made by scientists in Russia. His books include: The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. Randi is a founding fellow of CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. He established the James Randi Education Foundation in 1996. The Foundation offers a $1,000,000 standing prize for any psychic who can prove the veracity of their claims, which has long remained unclaimed.

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“We have fought long and hard to escape from medieval superstition. I, for one, do not wish to go back.”

—Amazing James Randi

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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