World News – CA – James Randi dies: ‘The Amazing Randi’ performer and paranormal skeptic was 92


James Randi, a magician whose numerous television appearances led him to a second career as a respected paranormal investigator, has died at 92 The James Randi Foundation confirmed his death in a tweet on Tuesday, claiming that ‘he had died from « age-related causes »

Born Randall James Zwinge in 1928, he entered show business as a teenager, touring with a carnival and working at nightclubs in his hometown of Toronto, Canada Originally billed as The Great Randall : Telepath, he turned that name into an act of mental reading and a knack for predicting the future

Unlike many magicians and performers, Randi wasn’t averse to fans knowing he was a crook, relying on subterfuge and lack of hands to pull off his tricks as his career was developing, adding an escape artist to his bag of stunts, he became increasingly worried about people who refused to accept that it was all an act

So even as his career blossomed into national notoriety and frequent television appearances on TV talk shows and the children’s show Wonderama, he also began a quest to prove to the masses that they were deceived

In 1964, during an appearance on a radio talk show, he offered $ 1,000 to anyone who could show scientific evidence of supernatural powers. Soon after, he began broadcasting his own national radio show devoted to the discussion of the paranormal

Randi continued his financial challenges, eventually increasing the funding to $ 10,000.But in 1973 he met a man named Uri Geller, an Israeli immigrant who claimed to be a mind reader and telekinetic with the power to bend spoons They fought for the legitimacy of the talents Geller claimed, with the ultimate showdown being staged during the Johnny Carson Tonight Show Geller failed in this program under the watchful eye of Randi and his crew preparation, but it barely started Geller’s career

A frustrated Randi was invited to form the Committee for the Scientific Research of the Paranormal Claims (Csicop), its work funded by donations and sales of a new magazine, now The Skeptical Inquirer This launched Randi in a new phase in his career, traveling the world to demystify everything from telekinesis to ghosts He won a MacArthur Fellowship in 1986 for his work, but legal battles with Geller took their toll, financially and personally, with Randi being forced to resign when his colleague from Csicop asked him to stop pursuing his white whale Geller, because the legal fees were too high

The last pic of me and Randi I can’t type through the tears It will be a hard day doing TV I love you Randi You invented us imageTwittercom / z2SKY59Jtb

Goodbye to the amazing James Randi, our inspiration, mentor and dear friend We will love you forever @jref picTwittercom / bwgvWnvcoD

James Randi

World News – California – James Randi dies: ‘The Amazing Randi’ performer and paranormal skeptic was 92



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