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James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world's most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.
Randi has pursued "psychic" spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water "with a memory," and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public's eyes in the name of the supernatural.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1986.
On October 19, 1993, the PBS-TV "NOVA" program broadcast a one-hour special dealing with Randi's life work, particularly with his investigations of Uri Geller and various occult and healing claims being made by scientists in Russia.
He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. His lectures and television appearances have delighted — and vexed — audiences around the world.
The third annual OCFA - Orange County Freethought Alliance two-day conference will be held at UCI on May 19th and 20th, 2012.
Our list of speakers include noted skeptic James Randi, Michael Shermer, Mr Deity, Brian Dunning, Phil Zuckerman, Mike Silverman, Aron Ra, Barbara Forrest, David Richards, Dan Barker, Richard Carrier and Heina Dadabhoy. Discounted Pre-registration prices are available before May 15. 2011.
See www.freethoughtalliance.org to sign up