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Randall James Hamilton Zwinge

Also Known As: "James Randi"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
Death: October 20, 2020 (92)
Plantation, Broward County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Randall Zwinge and Marie Alice Zwinge
Husband of Private
Brother of Private and Private

Managed by: Alex Bickle
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About James Randi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi

James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge, August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American retired stage magician and scientific skeptic who has extensively challenged paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the co-founder of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). He began his career as a magician named The Amazing Randi, and later chose to devote most of his time to investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively calls "woo-woo". Randi retired from practicing magic aged 60, and from the JREF aged 87.

Although often referred to as a "debunker", Randi dislikes the term's connotations and prefers to describe himself as an "investigator". He has written about the paranormal phenomena, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Prior to Randi's retirement, the JREF sponsored the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, which offered a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants who could demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties. The paranormal challenge was officially terminated by the JREF in 2015. The foundation continues to make grants to non-profit groups that encourage critical thinking and a fact-based world view.

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James Randi's Timeline

1928
August 7, 1928
Toronto, Toronto Division, Ontario, Canada
2020
October 20, 2020
Age 92
Plantation, Broward County, Florida, United States