James Randi

Quick Facts

Full NameRandall James Hamilton Zwinge
Date of BirthAugust 7, 1928
Place of BirthToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of DeathOctober 20, 2020
Place of DeathPlantation, Florida, U.S.
Other NamesThe Amazing Randi
CitizenshipCanada, United States
OccupationsStage magician, scientific skeptic, author
Years Active1946−2016
SpouseJosé Alvarez (m. 2013)
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Notable AchievementsCo-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
Preferred TermDescribed himself as an “investigator” rather than a “debunker”
Famous ExposuresExposed fraudulent faith healer Peter Popoff, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Paranormal ChallengeFounded the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, offering a prize for demonstrating evidence of paranormal claims under test conditions
Early LifeTook up magic after seeing Harry Blackstone Sr., confounded doctors with his recovery from a bicycle accident, dropped out of high school to perform as a conjurer in a carnival roadshow
Inspiration for SkepticismInspired to become a scientific skeptic after exposing a mind-reading trick performed by a church pastor

James Randi Movies & Shows

An Honest Liar2014
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2003 – 2010
Penn & Teller Get Killed1989
James Randi: Psychic InvestigatorN/A
The Unbelievers2013
Send Proof2021
Is There Sex After Death?1971
Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper1974
The Magic Clown1949 – 1959
Breathing Port Robinson2009
Equinox1986 – 2006

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