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James Randi

James Randi

The Amazing Randi
Language : English

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  • Unmasking paranormal powers
  • "Faith Healers"
  • The mask of Nostradamus
  • His own work and research

James Randi (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific sceptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. He claims to be an investigator on paranormal, scepticism, and the history of magic. Among his publications are The Truth About Uri Geller, where he unmasks the Uri Geller myth, Flim-Flam, where he explains supernatural claims that have impressed the thinking of the public and The Faith Healers, where he attended “miracle services” which

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James Randi (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific sceptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. He claims to be an investigator on paranormal, scepticism, and the history of magic.

Among his publications are The Truth About Uri Geller, where he unmasks the Uri Geller myth, Flim-Flam, where he explains supernatural claims that have impressed the thinking of the public and The Faith Healers, where he attended “miracle services” which actually were rife with deception, chicanery and often outright fraud.

Mr. Randi was host of The Randi Show on WOR-Radio, New York City (1966/67) and has had his own TV Specials in Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the USA. He has appeared in a great many TV documentaries, shows around the world and even had his own world tour. In 1974 he performed by special request at the White House.

He spends much of his time travelling between performances and lectures all over the globe. A Granada TV series, James Randi: Psychic Investigator was shown in the UK in 1991. It dealt with testing of individuals who claim to have paranormal, supernatural or occult powers of various kinds. In 2003, a 14-episode TV series by Seoul Broadcasting Corp. with Mr. Randi as the host, was shown in South Korea offering his million-dollar prize, for the person who could prove to have paranormal powers.

He was a founding fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) based in Buffalo, NY. This organization of academics and other experts is devoted to the examination of paranormal, occult and supernatural claims. Nonprofit, it serves the media, other scientific groups, and the public as an information source. Their journal is the Skeptical Inquirer, which reaches 40,000 subscribers. Mr. Randi also writes a column, “'Twas Brillig,” for The Skeptic, the journal of the Skeptic's Society, headquartered in California.

He is editor of SWIFT, his own online newsletter which was set up in 1996 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a data source for educators, students, media, and researchers. The SWIFT web page receives thousands of hits a day from all over the world. The Foundation offers prizes and scholarships to students, conducts seminars and workshops, and also funds and originates selected, original parapsychological research.

Mr. Randi’s writings (articles, essays, stories, book reviews) have appeared in major periodicals internationally. A few are: Chicago Sun, Discovery, Experientia (Switzerland), Free Inquiry, The Humanist, New Scientist, New York Times, Omni, La Recherche, Science et Vie, Technology Review, Természet Világa (World of Nature, Hungary), TIME, Ulisse (Italy) and many other technical and popular publications including major newspapers.

He has written articles and definitions for Encyclopedia Americana, Compton's Encyclopedia and the Encyclopaedia Britannica Medical & Health Annual. His articles are frequently picked up and translated for use in foreign popular and scientific periodicals. James Randi has spoken for numerous schools, colleges, universities, and prominent organizations internationally, among them: Goddard Space Flight Center, Harvard University, NASA, Chinese Institute of Scientific & Technical Information, Academy of Berlin and University of Oslo.

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Cover van The Truth About Uri Geller

The Truth About Uri Geller

Title: The Truth About Uri Geller
Author: James Randi
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Language: English
Book: papaperback, 234 pages
ISBN: 978-0879-7519-99

The first in-depth critical examination of the claims made by and for a conjuror who professed genuine psychic abilities and at one time convinced some scientists that such powers existed. Carl Sagan said of it: "Splendid! A witty and fascinating dissection of Uri Geller's humbuggery...a healthy antidote to charlatanism on all levels."

Cover van Flim-Flam

Flim-Flam

Title: Flim-Flam! - Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions
Author: James Randi
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Language: English
Book: papaperback, 243 pages
ISBN: 978-0879-7519-82

The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology & Other Delusions (Harper & Row, NYC/80, paperback by Prometheus, NY/82). Examination of the 'paranormal' from ESP to UFOs. The 'psychic surgeons' of the Philippines, ancient astronauts and divining for water are all studied critically. Isaac Asimov wrote in the introduction, "Randi strikes back and when the pseudo-scientists howl, he knows he has hit the mark."

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The Faith Healers

Title: The Faith Healers
Author: James Randi
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Language: English
Book: papaperback, 318 pages
ISBN: 978-0879-7553-55

Are there people chosen by God to heal bodily ailments through the power of prayer alone? Randi's answer is "maybe", but on the basis of his three-year investigation into faith heal ers, he hasn't found any evidence of it and suggests it may be nothing more than a religious con game. The author, a professional magician, has made it a sideline to expose fraud and miscon ceptions in the realm of the paranormal. Leading evangelists such as Oral Rob erts, Peter Popoff, W. V. Grant, Pat Robertson, and others are all shown to use tactics that are at best misleading, to guide the faithful into believing that they have been supernaturally cured by prayer alone. At worst, some of these men are shown to be cynical frauds preying on the desperation of the seri ously ill. The book is not tightly writ ten, but it can be read for enlighten ment.

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