Archive for the 'James Randi' Category

The Amazing Randi: Still Going Strong

Posted by Michael on September 1st, 2014

The Miami Herald posted this video (and another, which you can see here) over the weekend in conjunction that they printed with James Randi. The 86 year old magician and South Florida resident was nominally interviewed because of the documentary about him, An Honest Liar, but it is barely mentioned. Instead, they were content to just let Randi perform magic, talk about his career and his debunking. You can read the full interview at the Herald’s website

NPH, 1000 Londoners And Birthday Wishes [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on August 7th, 2014

Today’s video is a short profile of magician Victoria Elizabeth from 1000 Londoners, a digital film project profiling the diverse citizens of London.

Got weekend plans? The Abbott’s Magic Get Together runs now through Saturday. Actually, if started last night so you already missed some great performances! Read more about it at The Daily Reporter.

Yahoo News is running a featurette on Neil Patrick Harris and his fiancĂ© David Burtka, focusing on Burtka’s extraordinary gift giving skills. Favorite anniversary and birthday presents are revealed but none are magic related, which just goes to show how hard it is for non-magicians to get magicians magic related gifts. I bet plenty of iTricksters know what I mean…

Speaking of birthdays, happy birthday James Randi!

Chinese Magic, Copperfield On TV And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on June 24th, 2014

China View, an English language news program from CNC World, just posted this clip of magician Wang Qimo performing an illusion with a huge model airplane inspired by David Copperfield.

Speaking of David Copperfield, he will be appearing on History Channel’s American Restoration this Thursday night (June 26– check local listings). According to the episode summary, he has two items for his museum that he wants Rick Dale to restore. If memory serves, American Restoration launch a couple of years back with a project for Lance Burton.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the James Randi documentary An Honest Liar won the audience award for the best feature at the AFI Docs festival which ended on Sunday.

Finally, although the obituary of brick and mortar magic shops has be written and run many times, Richie Magic’s Hocus Pocus Magic Shop has just opened its second location in Scarsdale, New York. Read more about it in the Greenburgh Daily Voice article, which includes a little video of Richie at his original Dobbs Ferry location.

Randi Documentary Premieres Friday At Tribeca Film Festival

Posted by Michael on April 15th, 2014

An Honest Liar, the new film about The Amazing Randi which is being described as an “investigate documentary” will have its world premiere this Friday at the internationally famous Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein (the writer of the acclaimed Being Elmo) the film features interviews with Alice Cooper, Penn and Teller, Bill Nye and more.

A Documentary About the Amazing Randi Needs Your Help to See the Light of Day

Posted by Editor on January 17th, 2013

We’ve made no secret about our love for The Amazing Randi. The publisher of this site, Andrew Mayne, worked with the man himself and his foundation specifically administering the famous Million Dollar Challenge to anyone who can prove supernatural phenomenon or psychic powers under scientific conditions. I, Justin, met Andrew when he created a critical thinking club funded by the JREF and later became the foundations’s first intern. We even did a little podcast with Randi dedicated to his insane stories and behind the scenes commentary.

Saying that, we recommend you take a look at this Kickstarter which hopes to complete a documentary about Randi entitled An Honest Liar.

Not only does it delve into Randi’s history as a magician and debunker but also more recent legal troubles Randi has faced after his partner Jose was charged with identity fraud and now faces jail time.

It’s a compelling story that boasts massive access to Randi as well as interviews with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Teller and many more.

They’ve raised roughly a third of their goal at the time we’re writing this and have 28 days to go.

Happy Birthday to James Randi, 84 Today

Posted by Editor on August 7th, 2012
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Cheers to James Randi, who today turned 84.

A magician, escapologist and most notably a leading advocate for critical thinking, science and skepticism in the face of those who seek to prey on the hopes and dreams of the innocent.

Happy Birthday to Randi. May he have 81 more.

A Glimpse Behind the James Randi & Banachek’s Takedown of Scam Artist Peter Popoff

Posted by Editor on May 4th, 2012

Two magicians, a private investigator and an actor team up to bring down a double dealing scumbag raking in millions. It reads George Clooney and Brad Pitt short of a Vegas heist flick. In reality, it’s the story of the crew, lead by The Amazing James Randi, that successfully embarrassed vile huckster Peter Popoff.

A television preacher, Popoff made millions with a traveling road show where he “interpreted the word of God” to find victims of Earthly ailments and “healed” them by with “God’s power.” In reality, as was sussed out by Randi, Banachek and others, he listened to his wife read a list of names she’d gathered from prayer cards with ailments on them then yelled.

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In his opinion column on Wired.com Randi goes over some of the behind the scenes details for those that haven’t read his opus on the subject The Faith Healers.

My team then — the mentalist Banachek, private investigator Alec Jason, postman-turned-actor Don Henvick, and several others — visited Popoff “revivals” in several cities. The clincher came when Henvick disguised as a woman named Bernice, was “called out” (The Holy Spirit had notified Popoff of her need for healing, you see) and was cured of uterine cancer, even though he lacked a uterus.

Now, that is a miracle.

It’s an incredibly sad tale made sadder by the fact that Popoff is still making a living. Which only means you are doing a good service by continuing to pass along Randi’s findings.