Mind Reading

May 18, 2007

(ok so I cheated with this wonderful Julia Margaret Cameron photo – ‘Merlin and Vivian’, but Merlin was afterall a magician)

I know the old adage – “a magician never reveals his secrets”, but if it is good enough for James Randi to reveal his secrets then I have no qualms in passing them on. There is a step-by-step description of a supposed ‘mind-reading’ demonstration on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website which is worth reading.

I have been a fan of Randi’s ever since he took on Uri Geller in the early 1970’s. Randi has continued to campaign against charlatans, hoaxers and magicians posing as psychics. Randi has issued the ‘Million Dollar Challenge’, offering a million dollars to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. Despite the challenge being in existence since 1964, noone has yet been able to pass the test and claim the prize money. Similar challenges have been made elsewhere, including here in Australia.

Randi’s website also includes the wonderful ‘Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural’, which is just that.

Another good source of general information can be found in the Skeptic’s Dictionary.

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