James Randi aka The Amazing Randi died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Mr. Randi began his career as a magician (that’s where the Amazing part of his name came from). He was a different kind of magician though.
Sure, he could perform mind-reading stunts, bend spoons just as those who claim to do so via mental powers, escape from padlocked chains and the like, but The Amazing Randi claimed no supernatural powers. In fact he offered his own money (eventually getting the amount to one million dollars) own money to anyone who could show scientific evidence of supernatural powers. No one ever collected.
James Randi became famous for debunking spiritualists, mind readers and the like who claimed supernatural powers to defraud people. He had his own radio show, television specials and was a popular guest on television shows. Randi was also the author of ten books. By all accounts he was a fun guy to be around.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to James Randi’s family, friends and fans.