James Randi, magician and paranormal debunker, lifeless at 92
James Randi, a magician and paranormal debunker higher identified professionally as “The Wonderful Randi,” has died at 92.
His dying was announced on Twitter Wednesday by the Randi Basis, a nonprofit group that investigates paranormal and “pseudoscientific” claims and promotes “important considering.”
“We’re very unhappy to say that James Randi handed away yesterday, resulting from age-related causes,” the inspiration wrote. “He had a tremendous life. We’ll miss him.”
Randi, born Randall Zwinge in Toronto, was an completed magician who made quite a few appearances on “The Tonight Present” when Johnny Carson, a self-proclaimed magic aficionado, was its host within the Seventies. However Randi was maybe most acknowledged for his efforts to debunk psychics and paranormal phenomena. In 1972, he famously accused spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller of being a fraud. In a subsequent 1973 look on Carson’s present — for which the host sought Randi’s assist gathering props beforehand — Geller didn’t dwell as much as his declare of having the ability to bend steel objects along with his thoughts. In 1975, Randi wrote a e-book, “The Fact About Uri Geller,” that challenged his claims.
For a few years, beginning in 1964, Randi even supplied money — within the type of a “$1 Million Paranormal Problem” — to anybody who may show supernatural or paranormal skills. He by no means had any takers.
Randi additionally was a founding father of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a mystical investigative group.
At a 2015 screening of the movie “An Sincere Liar,” a documentary about Randi, the magician succinctly defined why, for many years, he felt compelled to take down these he noticed as fakes.
“These folks do constructive harm to believers,” he mentioned.
Illusionist Penn Jillette — who with Raymond Teller varieties the magic duo of Penn & Teller — paid homage to Randi in two separate tweets. “Goodbye to the actually Wonderful James Randi, our inspiration, mentor and pricey pal. We’ll love you ceaselessly,” Jillette posted. He followed up with a press release that included their “final image” collectively, writing, “I can’t sort by the tears. This might be a tough day of creating television. I really like you Randi. You invented us.”
Randi is survived by his husband, José Alvarez.
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