James "The Amazing" Randi is a former Las Vegas stage magician and a scientific skeptic perhaps best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. He is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF).
The foundation sponsors a challenge offering a prize of US $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event. The prize has yet to be claimed. No one has ever produced any actual evidence for faith-healing, telepaths, psionics, dowsing, precognative psychic friends with astral bodies, past life remembrance, or spectral manifestations of any kind.
He is also claimed as an enthusiastic member of the Brights Movement. Randi has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986.
 James Randi Educational Foundation
Randi started the James Randi Educational Foundation to monitor applications for the $1 million prize, and to serve as an organizing body to help promote skepticism and provide educational resources on claims of the paranormal.
The foundation was headed by James Randi for many years before he retired from its presidency. From August 2008 to December 2009 the foundation was run by astronomer, blogger, and psuedoscience debunker Phil Plait. Plait has been succeeded by D. J. Grothe, formerly of the Center for Inquiry.
Randi's challenge has made him a target for a number of kooks, particularly on the Internet, claiming that they have demonstrated supernatural abilities and that he therefore owes them money, though some go so far as to claim that a pound of flesh will do. This is one of the hazards of being a rationalist in our current society.
 Sylvia Browne
The James Randi and the James Randi Foundation offer of $1,000,000 prize to anyone who could prove any supernatural power has attracted many amateurs. However, Sylvia Browne is the only widely known psychic who has offered to take up the challenge Sylvia is a huge television psychic who claims she can communicate with the dead and report to people their previous lives. on March 6, 2001, she agreed to take up the challenge. On the Larry King Live show, Browne admitted on television that she would take up Randi's challenge (that was on September 3, 2001). To this day she has not taken the challenge. Sylvia's first excuse was because she did not know how to contact Randi - that is comical, a professional psychic who speaks to dead people cannot figure out how to reach Randi. Her following excuse was that she did not want to take the challenge because Randi is a godless individual -- all the more reason to take the challenge, Sylvia. If the supernatural could be proven and demonstrated, and the $1,000,000 dollars were claimed, it would silence Randi and the skeptical and atheist community. Sylvia Browne is special because she is the only professional psychic to accept Randi's challenge, and then back off.
James Randi strongly opposes the pseudoscience of homeopathy. Homeopathy is water "with memory." Randi has testified before Congress of the fakery and lies of homeopathy. Randi has lectured across the nation and made several videos and blogs educating the public about he uselessness of homeopathy (apart from removing that bulge in people's pocket books). Randi has promoted the 10:23 challenge, in which people across the world would purchase homeopathic "products" (we will not give them the credit of calling them medicines) and purposely overdose on them. No one has ever died from the 10:23 challenge, and that is the point. Overdosing on homeopathic pills is near impossible. Why? Because there is no medicine in them, and that is what the 10:23 challenge is all about: to educate the world what is in these products and how ineffective they are.
 Global warming flap
In a notable case of a skeptic being unskeptical, Randi caused a tempest in a teacup by mouthing off about global warming on his blog. His sins included citing the Oregon Petition and pulling the "science was wrong before" gambit. Randi retracted his earlier comments and included a link to eSkeptic's debunking of the Petition.
 Personal life
Randi is gay, thus demonstrating the inherently superior rationality of Homo sapiens homo and proving that atheism, skepticism and joined-up thinking is part of the gay agenda in particular and the liberal conspiracy in general.
- The Truth About Uri Geller
- The Faith Healers
- An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
 See also
- James Randi's JREF website
- The million dollar challenge
- Forums at JREF
- JREF youtube channel
- Wikiquote's collection of James Randi quotes
- Entry in The Skeptic's Dictionary
- Randi's TED talk
- ↑ James Randi debunks Peter Popoff
- ↑ We have not yet received his check, although we expect it soon!
- ↑ http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/jref-news/208-new-jref-president-phil-plait.html
- ↑ http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/jref-news/797-james-randi-educational-foundation-names-new-president.html
- ↑ http://www.randi.org/sylvia/
- ↑ http://www.randi.org/media/sylviabrowneagrees.mov
- ↑ James Randi on homeopathy
- ↑ It Wouldn't Be Fair to Call James Randi a Pseudoskeptic, But... Island of Doubt
- ↑ James Randi, Anthropogenic Global Warming, and Skepticism, Respectful Insolence
- ↑ I Am Not "Denying" Anything, Swift Blog
- ↑ Randi "comes out" publicly on his blog
- ↑ A Skeptic Comes Out at 81, For Good Reason