Popular magician and illusionist known as “The Amazing Randi” as well as a scientific investigator who debunked paranormal and occult phenomena through his organization the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, James Rando has passed away. He was reported to died yesterday at the age of 92.
Confirming James’s death was Penn Jillette through his Twitter page on Wednesday 21 October 2020.
Penn said: – “Goodbye to the truly Amazing James Randi, our inspiration, mentor and dear friend. We will love you forever.”
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) October 21, 2020
James Rando was born on August 7, 1928, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, He is the son of Marie Alice (née Paradis) and George Randall Zwinge
Randy co-founded the Skeptics Research Committee (CSI), originally known as the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Paranormal Requirements (CSICOP). He also founded the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF).
He began his career as a magician under the stage name “Amazing Armand Randy” and later decided to spend most of his time investigating paranormal, occult, supernatural demands, which he collectively called “woo-woo.”
Randy retired from magic at age 60 and from JREF at age 87.
Although often referred to as a “dismantler”, Randy says he does not like the meaning of the term, preferring to describe himself as an “investigator”. He wrote about the history of paranormal phenomena, pessimism and magic.
He was a frequent guest on Ton Ton Carson’s The Tonight Show, which featured Peter Popoff, a healer of false faith, and was sometimes filmed by Penn & Teller. Bullshit! In the TV program.
Prior to Randy’s retirement, JREF sponsored the $ 1 Million Paranormal Challenge, which offered a $ 1 million prize to eligible applicants who could demonstrate evidence of a paranormal, supernatural, or secret force or event under a mutually agreed trial.
In 2015, the Reims Rand Education Foundation announced that it would no longer accept applications directly from people who claim to have paranormal powers but will challenge anyone who has passed a preliminary examination that will meet their approval.
The Foundation continues to provide grants to non-profit groups that promote critical thinking and a fact-based outlook.