It is with great sadness that G4G notes the death of James Randi ( August 7, 1928 – October 20, 2020).
We are collecting here some recollections from various members of the G4G community. If you have any anecdotes, memories, or tributes that you would like to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Randi “The Amazing Randi” (August 7, 1928 to October 20, 2020) is no longer with us.
The G4G Community has lost another Icon. Randi, as most of us referred to him, was the beacon of rational and critical thinking. He was a co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He championed investigating parapsychology and pseudo science, and reporting/demonstrating to the mainstream that it was nothing more than “Flim-flam!” He was an accomplished author. Professional magician and escape artist. A MacArthur Fellow. An honest liar (see more on documentary his life and work here).
Fundamentally, he was Martin Gardner’s best friend.
No one is the world is more skillful than Randi in devising way to trap swindlers and self-deluded parapsychologists
Randi…knows more about science than some scientists I have met…Scientists untrained in the conjuring art of deception are the easiest people in the world to fool. That is why Randi, a magician, is so much more capable of detecting fraud than any scientist, including especially parapsychologists. He knows how, as few scientists do, all the best ways to set traps for catching psychic swindlers. If you want to know how Geller bends spoons, don’t ask a physicist, even if he won a Noble Prize. Ask me or Randi
Martin Gardner, writing about James Randi, in Undiluted Hocus Pocus
– Jim Gardner
I remember showing him Tenyo tricks at the bar of one of the hotels.
– Mark Setteducati
– Colm Mulcahy
James Randi spoke at General Electric’s Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY when I was doing research there as a graduate student. This would have been around 1985. I was just learning the scientist’s approach to knowledge and learning, and Randi’s talk was largely responsible for getting me thinking like a skeptic.
– Robert Fathauer
Other Relevant Links:
Colm Mulcahy – James Randi (1928 – 2020), with hitherto unpublished interview from 2015