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Written by Alison Smith   
Monday, 15 June 2009 13:39


With The Amaz!ng Meeting approaching so quickly, and with so many exciting events, some of the fine details may have slipped right past! So, here are a few things you might find interesting and fun at TAM, and may not have heard about already.

Million Dollar Challenge

James Randi introduces Connie Sonne, a psychic from Denmark who will take her preliminary Challenge test LIVE in front of the TAM audience on Sunday, July 12th, at 1pm. Sonne will be tested by famous mentalist and friend to the JREF, Banachek, and the test will be attended by famous skeptics, critical thinkers, and magicians from all over the world. In fact, you may have already heard about the test from Penn Jillette!

This event is free of charge. However, the first couple of rows of the audience will be blocked off during this event for VIP guests, but don’t worry – there’s a way you can attend as a VIP too!

Book Review: Science Under Siege PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harriet Hall   
Monday, 15 June 2009 00:00

tamyspeakerA new book has just come out that will be of interest to skeptics everywhere. Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience. Edited by Kendrick Frazier, it is a collection of some of the best writing from Skeptical Inquirer from the last few years:

Some of the gems it contains:

  • Carl Sagan’s last Q & A on science and skeptical inquiry.
  • A paean to the wonder and awe of real science by Sagan’s wife, Ann Druyan.
  • An article explaining Ray Hyman’s Categorical Directive: “before we try to explain something, we should make sure it actually happened.”
  • John E. Jones, III’s eloquent decision in the Dover “Intelligent Design” case.
  • An article on AIDS denialism by Nicoli Nattrass, who is director of an AIDS research unit in South Africa and can testify to the incalculable harm denialism has caused her compatriots.
SAPS at TAM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 00:00

sapsstickersmallYou might’ve noticed that SAPS has, lately, fallen off the grid a little while I sat around contemplating the wisdom of being on a television show called Door to the Dead.

With The Amaz!ng Meeting coming so fast, though, I’ve been forced out of my funk and into participating in a big way.

SAPS is involved in a lot of events at TAM 7, and here are some of them, if you’d like to be involved too.

Bats in the Bellfry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:00

What is it with Baseball players? They're big, strong, well-paid... and yet some of them are afraid to sleep in a hotel alone.

No, I'm not making this up. Others sleep with a baseball bat by their side. Are they afraid of paparazzi? Jealous wives and girlfriends? No. They're afraid of ghosts.

WISN in Milwaukee reports that a local hotel, the newly remodeled Pfister, is scaring ballplayers from many visiting teams. You can check out their video report here.

Superstars Added to Thursday Night’s “Magic, Mayhem, and Mentalism” Show! PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by AB Kovacs   
Friday, 12 June 2009 12:19

I am very pleased to announce that mind-reader extraordinaire Banachek, and top Vegas comedy magician Mac King, have been added to the line-up for the Thursday night show!

Banachek, acknowledged as one of the world’s leading mentalists, is a long-time friend of James Randi and The Amaz!ng Meeting – Mac King is the star of his own show at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip – and you can see them both on stage, along with your host – magician, mentalist, and TAM veteran Jamy Ian Swiss!

I'm sorry to announce that unfortunately The Great Tomsoni and Co. will not be able to perform at TAM 7 due to a non-life-threatening but unavoidable medical procedure. However, The Great Tomsoni and Co. have graciously agreed to join the schedule for TAM 8 should schedules allow.

The “Magic, Mayhem, and Mentalism” show is an optional paid event on Thursday evening, July 9, 2009. Many registrants have already purchased tickets, but there are still tickets available, so make your reservations now! (If you are a current ticket holder and would like a refund, we will gladly refund your purchase. Please contact Linda Shallenberger.)

Don’t miss this chance to see a unique live show of TAM’s superstars of magic and mentalism – Thursday night, July 9th!

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