James Randi Challenge EXPOSED!

Victor Zammit Informs - A Legal Perspective
Victor Zammit Informs - A Legal Perspective

I had a lot of complaints from many psychics and mediums that the closed-minded skeptic James Randi is using his alleged million dollar challenge to maliciously attack them. In videos on YouTube and elsewhere he is IMPLYING they are dishonest cheats because if they really had psychic skills they would take up his challenge.

For the last 15 years I have been saying publicly that the challenge is set up in such a way that no one would be able to beat it. It is used for propaganda purposes only.

I will present to you some of the evidence about this alleged challenge so you can decide for yourself whether Randi’s challenge is the greatest hoax in paranormal history.


I received a number of emails from mediums, psychics and researchers who say that when they applied for the alleged $1m challenge, JR does not reply to them. Why they ask? The answer is simple: when he investigates the applicants and finds they do have the skills to pass the test, he will NOT reply to the applicant ever again.

Paranormal expert Professor Jan Vandersande told me himself when I saw him last in Las Vegas that this happened when he applied. JR would have found out that Jan Vandersande was a professor, a scientist, a physicist and his medium was able to duplicate the psychic test over time and space each time producing positive results. Prof. Vandersande was very disappointed that JR would not reply to him again. “How does this skeptic get away with it?” he asked.

When Dr. Dick Bierman took up the challenge with an offer to demonstrate tests of precognition Randi wrote back “I will stay in touch as we consider your proposal”. Dr. Bierman says that apart from a few irrelevant emails he never heard anything from him again.

Another example is Chris Robinson from London, England, who took the matter to a television station there. Chris had been successful tested in Arizona by Professor Gary Schwartz. The executives were convinced that Chris Robinson has genuine psychic gifts and they, accordingly, invited JR to participate in a live television demonstration of Chris Robinson’s psychic gifts. They were prepared to pay all the expenses. As soon as JR would have learned that the show has a million viewers – legally, one million eye-witnesses, JR never replied again to Chris Robinson.


Randi has a “preliminary challenge” the outcome of which is decided by himself alone. The evidence shows that in some twenty five years no-one has been able to beat the initial challenge – even though when we have some of the most gifted mediums and psychics producing brilliant psychic evidence in quadruple blind studies at the Windbridge Institute.


SELF-EVIDENT TO WHOM? To a closed minded skeptic NOTHING will be self-evident. Why? When I told Randi about the objective and repeatable evidence I have on the internet and in my book- his reply was WHAT EVIDENCE? Closed minded skeptics do not have the capacity to perceive the paranormal with true scientific equanimity.

Neurolinguistic Programming- NLP explains it very clearly: NLP says that when a closed minded skeptic, such Randi, receives information which is fundamentally inconsistent with his cherished negative beliefs, Randi’s MIND will DELETE the paranormal evidence.

Psychology also explains it by way of ‘rationalization through cognitive dissonance’ – briefly, it means that the paranormal evidence would give Randi huge anxiety and to offset the anxiety he would start to rationalize in a circular way that the paranormal evidence does not exist.


Even arch-skeptic Prof. Ray Hyman admits that the challenge is meaningless by scientific standards which require multiple trials, complex statistical analysis and replication all of which would cost more than a million dollars.

There has to be an agreement IN ADVANCE of the levels of statistical significance required for the results – so that the applicant would be able to show the results did and could NOT come by CHANCE. The refusal to agree what constitutes a win, as already stated, that would be rendered illegal under normal contractual conditions.

The ‘experimenter effect’ is a scientific concept which says that a closed minded skeptic experimenter will always obtain negative results in paranormal experiments. Where there is evidence that the test is negatively prejudiced from the beginning it violates every scientific principle.

It is a condition of the challenge that the test will be videoed and that Randi will have total control of editing and use of the video. Anyone who knows anything about media knows that a video can be manipulated to do enormous damage to the reputation of a talented challenger. In a normal contract the performance would be videoed to be jointly owned and used in good faith. Further, the tests would have to be witnessed by at least two non-aligned professional specialists in evidence, Scientific Method and the Paranormal.

He is on record for telling Prof Dennis Rawlings that he “will always have a way out of paying” … that is very serious … Of course, when it has been expressly stated that Randi will breach a fundamental condition of the agreement that would be illegal.
Do you trust a magician when we know it is their job to make you believe there is something when in fact there would be nothing – to make you believe in something which does not exist – that’s called an ILLUSION. That’s what mediums and psychics see – an illusion.

Do I need say more about JR’s greatest hoax in American history?


  1. Randi is a stage magician who uses stage techniques to control the outcome.The million dollar offer will always be unachievable because Randi controls the outcome . Clever but old . Too many people are a wake-up to this fraud.I know for example devining works;how it works I don’t care.I don’t need an old magicians approval.

  2. A message to the The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge promoter James Randiyou still owe me $10,000 from when I beat you at your contest called PUT UP OR SHUT UP in 1992 …. and you never put up the $10,000 you promised or shut up about your outright lie that psychics don’t exist you then even raised the prize to a million and changed the name of the challenge after I won your challenge and being a magician you magically decided to hide that truth from everyone pretty easy to do when you choose what to tell people and not what to tell people … as a magician your profession is to hide the truth and you have done so very well too bad you incorporated the outright lie that psychics do not exist in your act. And when you state that police have never mentioned that a psychic has ever solved a missing childs’ case you know why … it is because police never mention their informants whether that person is psychic or not however like a deceptive magician you leave that fact out of your statement… if you just stated that some psychics are fake but not all and I want to weed out the fakers you would sound better and it would make a lot more sense. Just visit my website where their are news articles and investigative documentary concerning my work that prove it. The most recent news article concerning my work which I have been doing on a daily basis, free of charge, internationally since 1991 can be seen if you just Google : I was crying, I was excited, I was just so grateful

  3. There isn’t any emperical scientific proof per say that psychics/mediums are real. There have been numerous experiments and lots of research carried out over the last century studying psi phenomena. However with all of the time and energy that the esoteric, dedicated researchers put into the paranormal, there isn’t absolute proof that the paranormal and psychic phenomena exist. Although there is some rather compelling data that keeps the ball in the court, but far from a winning victory.

    It’s too bad that James Randi gets the platinum clad recognition for skepticism. The man isn’t a scientist. He’s a high school drop out that was intrigued by his childhood hero Harry Houdini. After Randi was washed up as a stage magician he became a self proclaimed paranormal debunker, etc.

    Personally I think the only media skeptic who seems really well rounded and dedicated to his work is Dr. Michael Shermer. Shermer is extremely well educated possessing two doctorates, and his critiquing of the paranormal is mindful yet a tad harsh at times.

    I once met Dr. Shermer several years ago at Pepperdine University and he was friendly, personable and quite dynamic. In essence he’s the best of the “powerhouse” skeptics in the media.

    But what’s the verdict on the paranormal? Will the skeptics eventually prevail or will the small groups of scientific researchers in the paranormal wow the world someday?

  4. As an objective empirical skeptic with a major in Scientific Method and I am an expert in the admissibility of evidence at Supreme Court level – I reiterate: YES THERE IS ABSOLUTE EVIDENCE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF THE AFTERLIFE! I say t his after spending some 5 years investigating Daviad Thompson, materialization medium EVERY WEEK. We eye-witnessed ectoplasm which was being emitted from the side of his mouth. Those from the otherside actually MATERIALIZED; I was reunited with my own sister who had crossesd over some years before that – and my partner Wendy was reunited with her own father who had crossed over some 30 years before that. They both spoke with the same voice they had when they were here. And we also witnessed other reunions – the most magnificent objective and rerpeatable evidence to absolutely prove the afterlife exists. No genius scientist, no genius closed minded skeptic, no materialist has been able to disprove the evidence I produced for the existence of the afterlife – not even for a cool MILLION DOLLARS – I too told these closed minded skeptics to put up or shut up!


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