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Being a Friendly Heretic PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Richard Saunders   
Friday, 28 November 2008 00:00

richard on set 002aIn 1980 I sat in front of the TV to watch a popular talk show of the time, 'The Don Lane Show'. On this particular night one of Don's guests was a visiting skeptic from America, one James Randi. I had never heard of James Randi and to me he was just another guest. I'm sure most of you will now know of this famous interview, it's repeated every year here in Australia and has become a great moment in Australian television history. Don Lane become so angry at James Randi (as Randi dared to suggest that people like Doris Stokes and Uri Geller may not be really using 'psychic' powers) that he swept Randi's props off the table and said, "… and you can piss off!" and stormed off the set. I, like most viewers, sided with Don Lane. How could this little magician come on national TV and say those terrible things? I really thought at the time that ghosts, psychics, monsters, UFOs and such like were all real.

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Woo in Review: HOODWINKED PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Alison Smith   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 00:00

hoodwinkedHOODWINKED
(Conning soon in a theatre near you)

Between them, the cast members of Hoodwinked have over one hundred and twenty years of experience, and it totally shows. However, this would not be one of my reviews if I didn't snarkily type in at least one controversial point to spark the flurry of enraged comments I have come to love so much (mostly for driving me more easily into the liquor bottle), so don't worry. We'll get there.

Hoodwinked
was produced by Michael Mills of Mills Entertainment and co-produced by BASE Entertainment. I assume Michael Mills is an evil genius that sits in the back room of the theatre in a swivel chair, stroking a cat trained to kill (whose name, in my mind, is Mr. Winklepants), cackling maniacally to himself. I assume this because the show manages, even after seeing it twice as I have, to shock and surprise me, and ensure my eyes never leave the stage.

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I May Have Been Deceived PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Monday, 24 November 2008 00:00

German SWIFT reader Markus Kompa writes to tell us that there is serious doubt about a recent comment I made:

I don't agree with your comment in (this article) about Maskelyne. As far as I know, there is no evidence that Jasper Maskelyne directed anything in the military deceptions of D-Day.

Markus then sends us to this site for a strong reference on the matter. Re-examining this data, I believe that Markus may be correct.

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Woo on the Wing PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Thursday, 27 November 2008 00:00

skymall1I fly often, and unlike so-called yogic flyers, I prefer to use commercial aircraft. Ok, I don't really prefer it but it seems to be the only option available. During that uncomfortable time when I'm forcibly separated from my electronics, I take a look in the SkyMall magazine, and have a few chuckles.

SkyMall has a literally captive audience. In the bygone days of phones in the seats of aircraft, they offered a discount if you ordered while in the air. I suspect this was to prevent you from having time to actually think about what you were purchasing. Bashing SkyMall is a popular Internet pastime, and now it's my turn.

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Google Ads on randi.org PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 24 November 2008 01:26

We've introduced Google ads to the site. While advertising may be controversial, please keep in mind that we're a non-profit organization and we need to raise funds where possible. If you see any objectionable ads, or find that the ads are causing problems with the site, please notify webmaster@randi.org.

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