James Randi was a Canadian-American stage Magician and a skeptic of science who questioned paranormal and pseudoscientific theories extensively. Initially known as the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), he was the co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). He was born on August7, 1928, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His foundation announced he had died. He was 92.
He founded the James RandiEducational Foundation (JREF) as well. Under the stage name The Amazing Randi, he started his career as a magician and later decided to dedicate much of his time to researching mystical, mystic, and supernatural claims, which he collectively called woo-woo. At age 60, Randi retired from practicing magic, and at 87, from the JREF.
He was 92 years old.
Randi started a career as a professional stage magician and escapologist in 1946, even though he described himself as a conjuror. Under his real name, Randall Zwinge, he introduced himself initially, which he later dropped in favor of “The Incredible Randi.” He committed several escapes acts from prison cells and secured depots around the world early in his career.
He appeared live on NBC’sToday show on February 7, 1956, where he stayed for 104 minutes in a sealed metal coffin that had been submerged in a hotel swimming pool, breaking what was said to be Harry Houdini’s 93-minute record, but Randi points out that when he set the original record in 1926, he was much younger than Houdini.
Randi has said that not the highly trained are the hardest people to fool, but a youth, who are not intelligent enough to be fooled because they have not mastered the body signs that adults know and that magicians take advantage of.
In 2017, Randi appeared on Holy Koolaid in animated form, in which he addressed the difficulty of finding the balance between honestly communicating with his audience and tricking/fooling them with an artful ruse at the same time and suggested that this is a balance with which many magicians struggle.
Randi died of what the James Randi Foundation reported as “age-related causes” on October 20, 2020.
The last picture of me and Randi. I can’t type through the tears. This will be a hard day of making tv. I love you Randi. You invented us. pic.twitter.com/z2SKY59Jtb
Randi was known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. His contribution to the humanist and skeptic movement will never be forgotten. Farewell, James!#HumanistPrismpic.twitter.com/M6sBLKjqrp