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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi and Arthur C. Clarke. Also available online at the James Randi Educational Foundation.
The Faith Healers by James Randi.
Are there people chosen by God to heal bodily ailments through the power of prayer alone? Randi's answer is ``maybe,'' but on the basis of his three-year investigation into faith heal ers, he hasn't found any evidence of it and suggests it may be nothing more than a religious con game. The author, a professional magician, has made it a sideline to expose fraud and miscon ceptions in the realm of the paranormal. Leading evangelists such as Oral Roberts, Peter Popoff, W. V. Grant, Pat Robertson, and others are all shown to use tactics that are at best misleading, to guide the faithful into believing that they have been supernaturally cured by prayer alone. At worst, some of these men are shown to be cynical frauds preying on the desperation of the seri ously ill. The book is not tightly writ ten, but it can be read for enlighten ment.
- Source: Karl Penny, Houston Public Library, School Library Journal, quoted at Amazon.com
Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions by James Randi. A general examination of everything in the "paranormal" spectrum from ESP to UFOs.
The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer by James Randi. "Biographical study of the legendary 16th-century seer who turns out to be a Renaissance con-man with secrets of his own that are revealed here."
The Truth About Uri Geller by James Randi. The first in-depth critical examination of the claims made by and for a conjuror who professed genuine psychic abilities and even convinced a few scientists that such powers existed.
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi and Arthur C. Clarke
When I decided to place the entire text of "An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural" on the Internet, it was suggested to me that this could cut into the sales of the printed version. However, experience has shown that, in the publishing business, making a book available on the Internet only stimulates sales of the actual book! Another mystery.
This Internet version will contain many more illustrations than the printed one, and as time goes on we intend to add more categories and definitions, as well.
SWIFT The weekly newsletter of the James Randi Educational Foundation is available online.
AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived.
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