James Randi hated cheating people. Sure, like The Amazing Randi, he managed incredible escapes and pokes that moved faster than you could see – but everything was in place to prove he wasn’t magical in any way with a word. He hated deceiving people so much that he made a career out of exposing so-called soberers, troshealers and cleaners of all kinds.
Randi died Tuesday, at the age of 92, “for age-related reasons,” according to the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Randi was a prototype for today’s skeptical magicians, such as Penn & Teller, and was inspired to do his job by going to church one day as a teenager. The preacher in front pulled a stunt pretending to read people’s minds in the audience. Randi looked through the scam, but told WHYY’s Fresh Air in 1987 to see people think it made him angry.
“I saw people crying real tears and I was very emotionally shocked and thought this man had supernatural powers,” she says.
So he took the stage, interrupted the show and showed the audience how the stunt worked. The priest’s wife called the police, and Randi spent the next four hours in a cell.
“I decided in four hours that one day I would have authority, knowledge, platform to judge these people if they were fake,” Randi says.
That “if” was an important part of his career. Randi did not live in absolute terms, never said that magic, faith healing or prophecy were not real. But rather, the sellers didn’t really do any of these things.
He avoided the so-called psychic Uri Ginger, who had made his mark in the 1970s and performed “psychokinetic” stunts, bent metal forks and all that on television. There’s an episode on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (in which Randi was often a guest) where Geller comes in to show off his “powers.” Geller didn’t know randi had jumped on the phone with a prop and told him how to prepare props to mix Geller’s tricks. Randi told the story in a 2014 documentary about her life called An Honest Liar. A painfully awkward segment (apparently slightly confused by Carson) ensued, which ended with Gingler giving up, saying he simply didn’t “feel strong” that night.
Escape Artist Octopus gets fame
Octopus Inky has become a global superstar after making a daring escape from Napier’s New Zealand National Aquarium.
Inky, an ordinary octopus from New Zealand, has become one of the most famous animals in the world since news broke on April 12, 2016 of his successful escape.
It is believed that rugby ball-sized Inky climbed out of his tank late at night, found a sewer, squeezed through a 150mm wide tube and returned to the sea.
Napier City Council Communications Director Robyn McLean said staff noticed Inky escaped when they arrived at work one morning three months ago. The cover on top of his tank was a little irritable and Inky jumped at the chance.
“On the other side of the floor was a wet strip of sewer pipes that went into the Pacific Ocean.”
Inky has shortened her limbs on pania reef due to fighting with fish, so it is possible that someone there may see her again because she is quite ready.
As Napier City Councillor and Aquarium Manager Rob Yarrall told the British Guardian, octopuses are famous escape artists.
But Inky really tested the water here. I don’t think he was unhappy with us or alone because octopuses are lonely creatures. But he’s such a curious boy. He wants to know what’s going on outside. It’s just his personality. ”
Since the octopus has no legs, they are suitable for very small rooms. They are very smart and can use tools.