An Honest Liar

An Honest Liar

DVD - 2016
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Documentary about the magician, James 'The Amazing' Randi. He was a master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81. He even turned on his partner of 25 years. The shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, but it still isn't clear whether he is still the deceiver or the deceived.
Publisher: Warren, NJ :, Passion River,, [2016]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
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1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Janice21383
Jan 29, 2017

This documentary about magician and fraud buster James Randi begins with the usual elements of his life story: lonely childhood, discovery of his homosexuality, rise in the entertainment industry, and various charlatans he uncovered. One illusion I hadn't heard about is the psychic kids, who fooled parapsychology professors though Randi sent the researchers detailed guidelines on testing psychics beforehand -- which they mostly ignored. Turns out the kids were Randi's assistants, who pulled a very long con to make a point. But then Randi himself is revealed to have been conned -- or was he? Either way, it must have been extremely painful to be exposed in a way that touched intimately on his personal and professional life. As Randi puts it: anyone can be fooled.

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