MacArthur Fellows Program

James Randi

Educator | Class of 1986

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
58 at time of award
October 20, 2020
Published August 1, 1986

About James' Work

James Randi is an investigator of the paranormal.

Randi uses his knowledge of scientific method and his understanding of the techniques of conjuring to debunk paranormal claims.  Through his exposés, he has alerted the public to the danger of treatment from psychic surgeons, faith healers, and quacks.  Randi is the author of Flim-Flam!: The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology, and Other Delusions (1980), Testing Yourself for ESP (1981), The Truth about Uri Geller (1982), The Faith Healers (1988), The Mask of Nostradamus (1990), and The Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural(1995).  He is also the co-author of Houdini: His Life and Art (1978).


Randi is a founding member of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.  In 1996 he established the James Randi Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization which funds and conducts basic research on parapsychology and distributes information on occult, supernatural, and paranormal claims.  As a magician, he has performed at the White House and on television in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

Randi was Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles (1984).

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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