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R-MWC hosts James Randi on campus

Internationally-known James Randi to speak on campus

9/28/2005 11:41:12 AM


James Randi, an internationally-known demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, will present, “Quackery and Health Scams in the New Millennium,” Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Theatre. This event is free to the public.

A magician and escape artist, Randi is best known for his efforts to investigate psychic, supernatural and magical claims. During the lecture, Randi will reveal how fake cures and subtle swindles are more popular today than at any other time in history. He will also demonstrate how to avoid being taken by untrue claims.

Randi has pursued “psychic” spoon benders, and exposed the dirty tricks of some faith healers. In 1986, he exposed Peter Popoff, a TV evangelist with self-proclaimed divine powers. With help from volunteers, a video camera, and a radio scanner, he revealed that Popoff’s “power” was actually nothing more than a miniature receiver hidden in his ear, through which he received instructions from his wife who was backstage. His wife had previously gathered information about chosen members of the audience.

Randi established the James Randi Education Foundation in 1996. Challenging those who claim to have psychic abilities, the Foundation has posted a million dollar prize for any individual who can prove that in a controlled setting they have supernatural powers. This prize has yet to be claimed.

A prolific writer, Randi’s articles and essays have been published in Time Magazine, Scientific American Magazine, The New York Times, and many popular scientific journals. He’s also appeared regularly on television shows such as NOVA, Dateline, 20/20 and Larry King. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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