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Return of the Randigram PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 11:39

Due to popular demand, I'd like to announce the return of the "Randigram." This weekly e-mail newsletter will keep you up to date with the latest JREF News, Randi Speaks videos, and Swift articles written by JREF associates.

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Our first regular issue will be re-appearing on April 24, 2009.

Comments about the Randigram may be sent to

Thanks to Michael Feldman for originally designing the Randigram, and to Scott for supplying the listserv for many years now.

Opportunity Knocks! PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 26 April 2009 00:00

This notice appeared on Craigslist, where stranger things have not often shown up. It purports to be a casting call... I ask you to read it, and make comments on how the beleaguered "world-renown" medium would be able to come up with any details about the subject victim...





Randi Speaks: Charles Lynch PDF Print E-mail
James Randi Speaks
Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
Saturday, 25 April 2009 12:00

UPDATE: According to the LA Times, the sentencing has been pushed back until June 11th. Maybe some sanity will settle out by then.

Randi takes a different tone this time as a recent letter has shown that his adopted country is sometimes less than compassionate. Are politics more important than people? Maybe, but it shouldn't be that way.


From Randi -

Understand this:  I heartily endorse and accept marijuana use for medical purposes; research has clearly shown that it works efficiently in that role, and brings comfort and relief to the suffering.  As a result of this stated conditional acceptance, I have been approached by those who advocate general use of the substance on the same level that tobacco enjoys.  Generally, this makes sense to me, except that if its use were to bring with it the same dreadful health penalties that accompany tobacco, I would be reluctant to accept that.  I am not a drug user, I have never even been inebriated.  That is my personal choice, and I feel that other persons should also enjoy freedom of choice, even if taxes are imposed on that freedom in order to legislate it; I don’t want out-of-control drivers threatening my safety, for example.

So You Think You Can Blankity-Blank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alison Smith   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:58

The Amaz!ng Meeting will be even more amazing this year when we invite you, the JREF's fantastic supporters, to take the stage and show the audience that you've got talent oozing out of your eyeballs!

On Saturday, 11 July 2009, join us for the very first talent show ever held at TAM - The Ham Party. Either apply to be part of the talent by e-mailing Alison Smith and AB Kovacs, or register for $15 as part of your TAM registration package to participate in this fun event. We'll also be selling tickets at the door, so if you can't register in advance, don't worry!

There will be a cash bar on-hand to suit your party needs or calm your nerves, and rumor has it that JREF staff may even take the stage to showcase their own talents.

The entire event will be hosted by George Hrab, so you'll be getting a concert as well!

There are only ten spaces available for talent, so apply now! The top three winners (chosen by Applause-O-Meter) will be awarded wonderful prizes. Applications will only be accepted until May 1st, so hurry!

Remember: You must e-mail both Alison ( and A ( for consideration.


A Champion Grubby Speaks Out PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Randi   
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:00

I hardly know where to start... First, see This account is just so packed with mis-statements, outright lies, and scientific howlers, it would take me all day to itemize them - but it can still do a lot of harm just because the ignorant reporter - Peter Fotis Kapnistos - has published the material. I suggest he may now want to return to his former calling in fashion and advertising photography, rather than continue to pose as a "journalist."

To quote him, he says, first: was alleged that Uri Geller was caught cheating in an Israeli TV documentary that has lately also circulated on YouTube.

No, it was proven that Geller was doing one of the only five tricks he knows, and second, that was not any "TV documentary," at all.  It was simply a TV entertainment show. Kapnistos continues:

The accusation was that a slow motion shot revealed him producing a small magnet from behind his ear or out of his hair to influence a compass needle.

Well, anyone who might have said that, would not have been a magician, I'll tell you that. In any case, I've never seen such a statement, except from Geller himself - because he knows that it's a ridiculous scenario, as I'll show you up ahead, one that can't be supported.

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