“The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board” is an interesting article available at Smithsonian.com. Posted on October 28 no doubt intended to coincide with Hallowe’en, the piece provides interesting history of the spiritualistic device, which first appeared in spiritualistic camps during the heyday of American spiritualism in the late 19th century. The “talking board” was eventually patented in 1891, albeit that the patent does not explain how the device worked.
35 years ago, Barbara Walters was so impressed by Uri Geller that a bent key he presented to her became a permanent part of her key chain. Convinced that she found the real deal, she invited Randi and a couple of other notable magicans onto her show to try to explain the "Geller Phenomenon."
Randi did a bit more than that.. as you will see when you click play.
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Joe Nickell, from The Amaz!ng Meeting 3, describing several of his many paranormal investigations. Nickell covers the The Flatwoods Monster, Camp Chesterfield, The Nazca Lines, The Shroud of Turin, and more.
Newsweek today did a feature on Randi, JREF, and The Amaz!ng Meeting: "Inside a brilliant, nerdy, arrogant, sort of admirable, sort of insufferable movement that questions everything—and wants to upend the way you live and think."
The activists of TAM see themselves as waging a broad, multifront battle to drag American culture, inch by inch, away from the nonscientific and the nonlogical. This turns out to be a surprisingly uphill struggle. Probably the majority of Americans believe in some degree of what JREF’s founder, James Randi, calls “woo-woo.”
“People like the flavor of bullshit, the aroma,” Randi says. “It’s very rare that people will stand for a complete lack of bullshit in anything.”
The feature article also includes comments by JREF Senior Fellow Jamy Ian Swiss, Daniel Loxton, Richard Saunders, Michael Shermer, and many more.
“I’m interested in looking at proof of paranormal claims, weird creatures, medical healings, spoon bending, talking to the dead—that’s my game.” - Richard Saunders