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An Inquiry PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:48

 

Circa 1950 – probably post WW2 – Martin Gardner was the principle “magician” in a series of television shorts demonstrating tricks. These were designed to accompany an advertising campaign – e.g., Martin demonstrated a trick/illusion, then they cut to a “brought to you by Zingerman’s furniture store, where this week’s special is…,” followed by Martin revealing the trick. 

 

Apparently, according to Martin’s son Jim, someone had the video files of these performances, which he loaned to a local magician years ago, and they were then lost. Now Jim is trying to find them, and has asked me to inquire on SWIFT when/where these videos were produced. New York? Chicago? – and who might have the originals.

 

Any suggestions on this inquiry will help.

 

Thank you!

Send replies to jref@randi.org

 

 
Where have we gone? PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Sharon Hill   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:08

Yes, the updates are few these days but I wanted to post to let you know that we are working behind the scenes to improve the current website to make it more user friendly and easier to read. 

We decided not to add new content to the existing layout but take a bit of an online rest to plan out new content for the site. 

If you are interested in being a Swift blog contributor, send your proposal to the Editor (that would be me) at Editor@randi.org. I will start lining up contributors and articles regarding critical thinking education, skeptical activism, investigations, commentary and news. Also note that Doubtful News content will be coming to the JREF. 

Thanks for your patience.

Sharon
Content Editor

 
In Memoriam from TAM 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Amazing Meeting
Written by JREFAdmin   
Monday, 18 August 2014 17:10

Each year at The Amazing Meeting, a presentation is made remembering the people of skepticism who have died since the previous year’s event. Advocates and supporters of skepticism and science are remembered of course, in the "In Memoriam" section of the presentation. But we also remember our cultural competitors who have passed on as well, in the "Passages" section. This year we also included some individuals who had died in previous years but who had been missed in previous presentations.

Here is the presentation as it appeared at TAM 2014 this year.

The presentation was designed and produced by Daniel and Cheryl Loxton. The information was researched by Tim Farley with help from Tim Binga, Kendrick Frazier, Sharon Hill, Jim Lippard, Hemant Mehta, Lei Pinter, Robert Sheaffer and Jamy Ian Swiss, among others.

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More TAM videos released PDF Print E-mail
Amazing Meeting
Written by Sharon Hill   
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:29

More talks and panels come your way from The Amazing Meeting 2014

Sally Satel - Fifty Shades of Gray Matter: Healthy Skepticism and the Illuminated Brain

Donald Prothero - The Mind of the Science Denier

Jamy Ian Swiss - A Year of Skeptic Win

Junk Science, Neuroscience and Psychological Science Panel - Featuring Scott Lillienfeld, Sally Satel, Carol Tavris, Robert Kurzban. Moderated by Sheldon Helms

Elizabeth Loftus - The Memory Factory

See the entire TAM2014 playlist so far on the JREF YouTube Channel. More to come!

 
TAM 2014 Videos PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Sharon Hill   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 10:41

Here they come! The Amazing Meeting talks from July in Las Vegas will be appearing on our YouTube Channel.

Go here for the first three talks: Carol Tavris, Daniel Loxton, and Daniel Dennett.

More will follow. Bookmark James Randi Educational Foundation Channel.

 
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