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James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic
Randi is author of 10 books, among them Conjuring (1992), a biographical history of noted magicians. The book is subtitled: Being a Definitive History of the Venerable Arts of Sorcery, Prestidigitation, Wizardry, Deception, & Chicanery and of the Mountebanks & Scoundrels Who have Perpetrated these Subterfuges on a Bewildered Public, in short, MAGIC!. Its title page says, “By James Randi, Esq., a contrite rascal once dedicated to these wicked practices but now almost totally reformed.” The book selects the most influential magicians and tells some of their history in the context of strange deaths and careers on the road. This work expanded on Randi’s second book which was called Houdini, His Life and Art
Randi also wrote a children’s book in 1989 titled The Magic World of the Amazing Randi, which introduced children to magic tricks.
He is currently working on A Magician in the Laboratory, which recounts his application of skepticism to science.
-‘An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural’
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural, 1995, St. Martin’s Press ISBN 0-312-15119-5 OCLC 32167512 (Online Version)
Conjuring, 1992 St. Martin’s Press ISBN 0-312-09771-9
Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions, 1980, Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-198-3
Houdini, His Life and Art. Co-authored. Putnam Pub Group (November 1976) ISBN 0-448-12552-8
James Randi: Psychic Investigator, 1991, companion book to the UK Granada TV series. ISBN 1-85283-144-8
Test Your ESP Potential. Dover Publications Inc. (December 31, 1982) ISBN 0-486-24269-2
The Faith Healers, 1987, Prometheus Books, ISBN 0-87975-369-2. (ISBN 0-87975-535-0 1989 edition) (Foreword by Carl Sagan)
The Magic of Uri Geller, 1975, ISBN 0-345-24796-5 (later renamed The Truth About Uri Geller 1982 ISBN 0-87975-199-1)
The Magic World of the Amazing Randi. Adams Media Corporation (September 1989) ISBN 1-55850-982-8
The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World’s Most Famous Seer, 1990, Charles Scribner’s Sons ISBN 0-684-19056-7 or ISBN 0-87975-830-9.
James Randi: Psychic Investigator. 1991, ISBN 1-85283-144-8.
A Magician in the Laboratory. (Forthcoming
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