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James Randi lecture

FOCs:  Remember to arrive by 6:15pm to claim a VIP seat. Please get a ticket even though it's free so that we know how many seats to reserve for VIPs. Thank you!

Admission $10

Friends of the Center: 
FREE with VIP seating

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

James Randi exposes popularly-accepted fakery by discussing with his audience everything from ESP to dowsing, from academic frauds to faith healers. Randi reveals what really took place in the last three decades in the labs of various prestigious "think tanks" that verified a series of simple magicians tricks as genuine miracles, thus launching a world-wide plague of misinformation, the repercussions of which can still be felt today.

This unique and provocative lecture is not only educational but also highly entertaining. It attracts persons of all educational and social backgrounds and provides a rational perspective on the seemingly paranormal and otherwise unexplained happenings in our day-to-day life.

Randi began his career as the magician The Amazing Randi, appearing on countless TV shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in which he appeared 32 times.  You can see an appearance by watching "James Randi Debunking Psychic Surgery" on YouTube.  And he has been featured occasionally on the TV show Penn & Teller:  Bullshit!

In 1996, he established the James Randi Education Foundation to further his work.   JREF currently offers a prize of $1,000,000 to anyone who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power.  No surprise; it remains unclaimed.

Randi is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri GellerThe Faith HealersFlim-Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

For tickets click HERE.

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  • chandra

    truly enjoyed his lecture. would probably see him again, in a different venue.

    February 18, 2012

  • Susan W.

    It was a treat to spend time with someone who has had such a positive impact on our society.

    February 17, 2012

  • bburcham

    The Amazing Randi is an icon. Hearing him speak (in person) is something my family and I will never forget.

    February 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Randi talked for 2 hours +. Randi is The Amazing ;)

    February 17, 2012

  • Jeff S.

    So nice to see him in person while he still has energy to make presentations! The audio didn't have a good start, but it turned out to be acceptable most of the time. Not sure what happened with the "psychic" communication demonstration with the audience member, but I couldn't stay for the question period to ask. Definitely worthwhile!

    February 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although he tended to ramble a bit, I thoroughly enjoyed his lecture.

    February 17, 2012

  • DaniT

    We also have a list. It just slows down the check in process. So, no worries.

    February 9, 2012

  • Oliver

    Remind me, please, somebody: What do FOCs have to do at the door to show they're FOCs. If I have a membership card for my wife and me I have no idea where it is...

    February 9, 2012

  • Blossom M. T.

    Will not be able to attend.
    Blossom M. Turk

    February 6, 2012

  • SylviaB

    Gavin, I'm not sure what you are asking. Do you mean our meetup sites? Or do you mean community calendars in Portland where we also post?

    February 4, 2012

  • Gavin

    Hi SylviaB. I would like to see websites of the online community calendars which the group is using, therefore please send me an email with the URL links of those online community calendars. Thanks. - Gavin

    February 4, 2012

  • SylviaB

    Jesse, the UC seats about 550. However, do not rely on the RSVPs on this page. We have the event listed in our other meetups, as well, plus it is distributed to many CFI members who are not members of the meetup. We will also publish it in online community calendars for Portland and the surrounding areas. To confuse matters further, people may have RSVPed but not have purchased a ticket (the ticketing link is above).

    February 3, 2012

  • DaniT

    Yes, Bernie, bring the whole family!

    Jesse, as Paul posted, you can be a "Friend of the Center" for as little as $5 a month. Although, we encourage you support the center with as much as you can. I like to say that if the religious can tithe 10% of their income every month to promote religion, the least we can do is donate $10 a month to promote critical thinking!

    January 30, 2012

  • Paul Andor N.

    Jesse: Support CFI-Portland - Become a Member! Want to promote science, reason, and secular values in the Pacific Northwest? Support CFI-Portland, keep informed about our activities, participate in our programs, and become a member!

    January 29, 2012

  • Bernie D.

    Friends of center are free... that includes the kids too?

    January 28, 2012

  • SylviaB

    Children are permitted and welcomed. The question for every parent is how relaxed they can be having to pay attention to their child during the lecture, and how tolerant their kids are of lectures. A smartphone with a game might be a good fallback position... I used to drag my son with me everywhere. Worked fine.

    January 28, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Can I bring my son (age 5)?

    January 27, 2012

  • Wes M.

    Ryan, I knew you were bringing spoons to this meeting. I saw it in a vision.

    January 23, 2012

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