An Honest Liar
Some people cannot believe that a magician can fool them
in such a way that they can't figure it out.
But magicians can and magicians do.
Swindlers do, conmen do all the time.
They're not magicians, they're fakes.
They are lying to us, they're deceiving us.
It's OK to fool people, as long as you're doing that
to teach them a lesson which will better their knowledge
of how the real world works.
No matter how smart or well-educated you are,
you can be deceived.
Hello, how are you doing today?
Very well, thank you.
- Can I bring you something to...?
Oh, yes, please. For me, coffee.
- I'll get you coffee in a minute, OK?
Oh, my heart just started again, that's good. Always a good sign.
See, I've always had my battle with the psychics, the so-called -
and I use that word in quotations all the time, remember that!
People who are stealing money from the public,
cheating them and misinforming them.
That's the kind of thing that I've been fighting all my life.
Magicians are the most honest people in the world,
they tell you they are going to fool you, and then they do it.
Wait a minute, I have to worship here.
- James Randi is the author of The Faith Healers
and he's best known as an investigator of psychic
and miraculous claims.
Would you welcome, please, The Amazing Randi.
- Here he is! The Amazing Randi!
- HE SNORES
- What did you...would you tell us who you are?
- The Amazing Randi. Ta-da!
I was born at an early age in a log cabin I helped my father build.
By the time I was seven I was eleven. I grew up very fast.
I am a magician, I always have been a magician...
A conjurer, prestidigitator, legerdemainist...liar, cheat,
- charlatan and fake.
You're a master magician.
Some people have said that you're about the greatest escape artist since Houdini.
Randi has a real deep natural affection
for magic and this love of deception.
A good magician needs to be a little bit of a conman, I think.
He needs to be sort of a criminal type,
but not have enough guts to actually rob banks.
He loves magic. He spent his whole life as a performer, as a magician.
So he really resents anyone applying the techniques of magic
for any purpose other than entertainment.
Especially to convince people that
there is something psychic going on here, he thinks that an abomination.
Tonight on this stage you are going to meet a man
who claims he can move physical objects using the powers of his mind.
Now, you have been touring our country,
- debunking psychics, haven't you?
- I have indeed.
And I think that the solution is rather simple.
Now, what I have here is particles of a white plastic
which will rather conclusively show that Mr Hydrick
is merely blowing on both the page and on the pencil.
Randi says the public is being fleeced via trickery.
"I am going to tell you what's happening and more to the point,
"this is going to be a crusade to try and change the world."
If there is something to the paranormal,
let's find out what it is, if anything.
And on the other hand let's not be taken in by the claptrap
that is being offered us, and at our expense.
I just ingested six-and-a-half-days' worth of homeopathic sleeping pills.
- Why don't they affect me?
People say, what's the harm? Why do you care about this?
Then I saw Randi's answer, which was,
bad ideas can cause you serious damage or death.
The psychic surgeons, they operate with their bare hands
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