James Randi, Magician and Paranormal Debunker, Dies at 92


James Randi, a famed magician generally known as “The Amazing Randi” and a scientific investigator who debunked sensational claims of paranormal and occult occurences — has died. He was 92.The James Randi Foundation introduced his passing in a tweet, saying he died of “age-related causes” on Tuesday.Randi was remembered on Wednesday by magician Penn Jillette in a pair of tweets as an “inspiration, mentor and dear friend.”Also Read: Spencer Davis, British Guitarist Known for ’60s Hit ‘Gimme Some Lovin,’ Dies at 81Randi, born Randall Zwinge, received his begin as a magician and escape artist, fleeing jail cells or safes and even rising from a coffin on the “Today” present in 1956. He would later host his personal tv present from 1967 to 1968. In the ’70s, he carried out a particular for Canadian TV through which he escaped from a straitjacket whereas suspended the other way up over Niagara Falls.Randi even helped boost the theatricality of rock star Alice Cooper, advising on the creation of the guillotine stage prop Cooper used and touring with him within the ’70s. And all through his profession as a magician, he grew to become a daily visitor on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and on the youngsters’s tv present “Wonderama.”By age 60, Randi had retired from magic and was one of many co-founders of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, or CSI. The committee responded to an increase of curiosity within the paranormal within the ’70s and promoted scientific inquiry and important considering within the investigation of extraordinary or controversial claims.Also Read: Whitey Ford, New York Yankees Legend, Dies at 91Amongst considered one of Randi’s extra well-known situations as a debunker — a phrase he mentioned he disliked in favor of “investigator” — was of the non secular televangelist Peter Popoff, who grew to become well-known within the mid-’80s for televised therapeutic sermons through which he appeared to know intimate particulars of random attendees. Randi found that Popoff was utilizing an digital transmitter to get details about his topics broadcast to him by his spouse behind the scenes, and he then uncovered the preacher on “The Tonight Show.”In 1996 he based the James Randi Educational Foundation, a non-profit group that inspired and educated the general public and media on vetting unverified and outlandish claims, later launching the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge for individuals who may exhibit paranormal skills below agreed-upon scientific testing circumstances. While over 1000 individuals have utilized, nobody has proved their supernatural power. The New York Times described the trials intimately in an article republished again in 2014.Randi retired from the muse at age 87, however the group continues to make grant donations to different non-profit teams that encourage essential considering.Randi is survived by his husband, Deyvi Peña.Goodbye to the really Amazing James Randi, our inspiration, mentor and expensive good friend. We will love you perpetually. @jref pic.twitter.com/bwgvWnvcoD— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) October 21, 2020The final image of me and Randi. I can’t kind by the tears. This might be a tough day of creating television. I really like you Randi. You invented us. pic.twitter.com/z2SKY59Jtb— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) October 21, 2020Read unique story James Randi, Magician and Paranormal Debunker, Dies at 92 At TheWrap