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James Randi was born on August 7, 1928, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
His birth name was Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, and he was a scientific skeptic who challenged pseudoscientific and paranormal claims extensively. He was an American Canadian stage musician and author.
James Randi started his career under the stage name The Amazing Randi as a magician. He died on 20 October 2020 in Plantation, Florida, United States.
After becoming a magician, he decided to spend most of his time investigating occult, paranormal, and supernatural claims. He collectively called all these things woo-woo. The well-known magician from Toronto, Canada, founded The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) and was a co-founder of CSI (the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry).
The net worth of the investigator who died in October was $5 million.
James Randi was 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) tall.
James Randi died in 2020 at the age of 92-years-old.
James Randi was the son of George Randall Zwinge and Marie Alice. At Bell Telephone Company, George was serving as an executive. James was of Danish, French, and Austrian descent and had two siblings, a sister and a brother.
The $5 million net worth star, born in August in Canada, decided to become a magician after seeing Harry Blackstone Sr. Also, he had read many conjuring books and spent more than a year in a body cast after encountering a bicycle accident.
The magician confounded doctors who said he could never walk. On an IQ test, he scored 168 even after skipping classes. At 17, James Randi dropped out of school to participate in a carnival roadshow as a conjurer.
At Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition and local nightclubs, the illusionist practiced as a mentalist and wrote for the tabloid press in Montreal. The August-born star stumbled upon a church as a teenager where pastors used to read minds.
On July 2, 2013, James Randi got married to José Alvarez, a Venezuelan artist in Washington. In 1986, he moved to Florida, where the star met her in a Fort Lauderdale.
James Randi was often referred to as a debunker. But he never liked it. He wanted people to call him an investigator. During his tenure in this field, he wrote about skepticism, paranormal phenomena, and the history of magic.
On a popular series, 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson', he was often a guest. James Randi also appeared in 'Penn & Teller: Bullshit!'
James Randi sponsored the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge under JREF. It offered eligible candidates a one million prize demonstrating supernatural, paranormal, or occult power evidence.
In 2015, the JREF stated that they wouldn't accept applications from people stating that they have paranormal power. Instead, they will offer the challenge, and whoever passes the preliminary tests will proceed further.
The awards won by James Randi were the Visiting Magician of the Year in 1977, the Blackstone Cup in 1983, and The Garden State Magician Award in 1978. Randi also received an appreciation certificate from the MIT Club of Boston.
The magician is also known for holding Guinness World Records after being locked in an ice block for 55 minutes. He also holds a record of one hour 44 minutes in a sealed casket underwater.
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