On Deception: Phillip Adams Observes A James Randi Demonstration
Posted by Barry Pittard on October 31, 2010
In this weekend’s ‘The Australian’ (30-31 October 2010), renowned broadcaster and journalist Phillip Adams relates an amusing episode during the visit to Australia from the famous U.S. magician and exposer of psychic scams, James Randi.
In regard to anyone with a mind bent on deception – be it magician, politician, psychic, etc., – Phillip Adams ends his piece by commenting: “When they want you to look at A, look at B.
He says that Randi took an unlit cigarette and put it on a desk, saying that:
…”he’ll use it to demonstrate psychokinesis – the supposed ability to use brain power to move objects. He crouches over the cigarette and wriggles his fingers in a magical fashion and, lo and behold, it starts marching up and down the desk. The journos and cameramen – trained observers – are astonished. They cannot explain what they’re seeing. Randi does it again, and the zoom lenses observe from every angle.
How did he do it? The witnesses offer theories about static electricity and magnetism. No, says Randi, it was simpler than that. “I was blowing”. Yes, during his non-stop patter, right in front of that cluster of cameras, he’d blown the ciggie this way and that. No one saw because no one was looking. All attention was on his fingers and the fag. A classic case of misdirection, the secret of all conjuring and stage illusions. Your attention is on A whilst the chicanery takes place at B.”
SATHYA SAI BABA GREEN “DIAMOND” PROVED A FAKE
– ‘MATERIALISED’ FOR ROBERT PRIDDY, EXPOSED BY TOP DANISH DIAMOND EXPERT
by Robert Priddy – former long-term leader of the Sai Organisation in Norway
Sleight of Hand: The Sleightness of Sathya Sai Baba (Exposing film clips, with many links to the work of famous magicians)
There is a Spanish version available: