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Today, we offer a hearty happy birthday to a legend in magic and beyond, “The Amazing” James Randi.

Escape artist, magician and most notably a leading critical thinker and skeptic advocate. He also knows everyone on the planet, which we talked about a lot on the podcast series we produced for him.

However, this birthday is different. As Randi publicly announced at his The Amazing Meeting conference last month and posted on his website yesterday, he is currently undergoing medical treatment for “a most unwelcome guest.”

We implore the magic community to flood Randi with well wishes today, not only for another birthday milestone reached but also to let him know that his complete and speedy recovery is in your hopes and prayers. Actually, let’s just stick with hopes.

  • cardman

    Happy Birthday dear Randi. As Penn and Teller have said many times, they wouldn't be P+T without Randi. James sparked my interest in magic long ago and the world was never quite the same since. “Who got you into magic?” is a common question we get. That's the face and image that will always form in my mind.

    My admiration and thanks are beyond expression “The Amazing”.

  • italianmagicman

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Randi! Your work is an inspiration. I will keep you in both my hopes and my prayers…I hope you don't mind.

  • scottymatthews

    Dear Randi,

    On behalf of all the members of Syracuse IBM Ring #74, I wish you good tidings on your birthday, and sincerely hope that you emerge triumphant from your present reported health issue. You have always been a particular hero of mine–not only as a man of magic, but as an shining example of critical thinking skills in action. I wish you joy, abundance, and robust health.

    -=Scotty Matthews
    Syracuse, NY

  • http://es-la.facebook.com/magomichell Mago Parra

    thanks to you we encourage critical thinking, and fight where theres someone taking advantage over ignorance-
    happy birthday

  • dixiedooley

    HELLO RANDI,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COME SEE MY SHOW WHEN YOUR IN VEGAS. I'D LOVE TO SEE YOU, IT'S BEEN ALONG TIME.
    DIXIE DOOLEY
    HOUDINIEXPERIENCE.COM
    ROYAL RESORT
    THE MASTER MYSTIFIER SHOW

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddyray Eddy Ray

    Happy Birthday Rand! Wishing you well!

  • Well wisher

    I don't mean to be sceptical but is it REALLY his birthday :0)

  • Well wisher

    I don't mean to be sceptical but is it REALLY his birthday :0)