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Why is it that Penn & Teller and so many so-called skeptic devoted to "debunking" the paranormal, go to with zeal but pat James Randi on the back for his fake $1 million dollar prize offer? Doesn't that make skeptics nothing but hypocrites?

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  • 6 months ago

    James Randi's $1,000,000 Challenge wasn't fake at all. Nobody ever came close to winning it. He sent challenges to many prominent claimants of paranormal powers, and they ignored him or made feeble excuses that only such die-hard dupes as Hunter and English Guy would believe for not accepting the challenge. The claimants eagerly take much lesser amounts, so they'd eagerly jump at the chance for $1,000,000 if they had any psychic abilities, but nobody does. English Guy speaks of real ability, but it's not real. He says 3 people did things Randi couldn't explain, but that's not true. You'll be very badly-misinformed if you listen to English Guy or Hunter. PhotonX has good answers in this category, but not in Politics.

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  • Frank
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    6 months ago

    Huh? Why the F#CK do you care? Its not "real" magic. It is TRICKS and CONS...WHO CARES!?

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  • 6 months ago

    Pen and Teller, like Randi, can only debunk people who are "pretending" to do something paranormal. They can't debunk the genuine thing. This is why they are never called upon to investigate paranormal. They do this even though it is how they make their own money. They call it magic??? It is not. I read of three people so far who did something that Randi failed to explain. Even so, not one got a penny out of Randi. His one million dollar prize is a no goer because of small print that was written by a person trained in the art of deceit, deception and underhandedness, or if you like, magic. You could be "very" misinformed if you listened to Photon, but who is daft enough to do that?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Everyone has to make a living. Even sceptics

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    • 6 months agoReport

      https://amp.theguardian.com/media/2003/oct/08/broadcasting.channel41

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  • Secretly Penn and Teller did indeed seek to profit from their debunking paranormal videos, they were totally unethical. Take the one they did of the ouija board for example, that was a deal that they negotiated with Hasbro knowing that once people saw that video many would want to buy one to try out their results for themselves. The deal was that with every board sold for six months after the video was released it would also contain an advertisement for products that you could buy to combat the resulting haunting which would so often follow experimentation with that product.

    They offered vials of holy oil, amulets, smudging sage, remote prayers and freeze dried moonlight and made an absolute fortune out of the schmucks that had inadvertently invited in the dark side when they bought a board and were now desperate to remove the negative energies and entities.

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  • 6 months ago

    <but pat James Randi on the back for his fake $1 million dollar prize offer> Just because nobody could demonstrate any paranormal claims doesn't mean the challenge wasn't real. But the JREF Million Dollar Challenge has been off the table for several years now (Randi needed the money for medical expenses), so you are pretty badly misinformed, aren't you?

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  • Dixon
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    6 months ago

    fake $1 million dollar prize: Evidence?

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    • Dixon
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      6 months agoReport

      Anyway, the issue isn't if the $1M was real because no one even got close to winning it anyway. Magic isn't real, just grow up already.

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