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James Randi
Edited by Brian Dunning

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James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world's most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. He's also been my favorite guy for at least 20 years.

In 1996, the James Randi Education Foundation was established to further Randi's work. Randi's long-standing challenge to paranormal claimants now stands as a $1,000,000 prize administered by the Foundation. It remains unclaimed. Since this million dollars is sitting there waiting for anyone with genuine supernatural powers, Randi finds it hard to accept that even psychics who claim to labor for the good of mankind rather than personal gain don't step forward. The money could easily be given to charity.

Although not the most talkative guy in the world, The Amazing Randi now answers our 1000 Questions:

0001. In all of history, what is your favorite invention?

The scientific method.

0010. What do you hope will be invented next?

A permanent skin rash for all Internet spammers.

0011. What do you hope will never be invented?

A cure for that rash.

0100. What popular invention do you consider the most ridiculous?

The Counterfeit Detector Pen.

0101. If marooned on a desert island, what three technological devices would you bring with you?

A large magnifying lens, a water distiller, and a good book.

0110. When have you suffered at the hands of technology?

Instant coffee.

0111. When has some technology suffered at your hands?

www.randi.org

1000. If you had to revert and freeze the world's technology at a particular
time in history, what year would you choose?

20 minutes ago.

James Randi

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Publisher, Skeptic Magazine