“Skeptic and conjurer”
Few have done as much for atheism as Canadian-born James Randi.
Legendary skeptic James Randi has devoted his life to debunking frauds and investigating paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.
Randi has pursued “psychic” spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water “with a memory,” and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public’s eyes in the name of the supernatural. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1986.
He’s the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural.
In 1996, the James Randi Education Foundation was established to further Randi’s work. Randi’s long-standing $1 million dollar challenge to psychics remains unclaimed.
In 2015, the biographical documentary “An Honest Liar” was released.