James Randi

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James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928)[1] is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic[2][3] best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but when he retired at age 60, he switched to investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls "woo-woo."[4]

Although often referred to as a "debunker," Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an "investigator."[5] He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and is occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The JREF sponsors The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants[6] who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.[7]


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