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Magnetic “Woo” and James Randi

April 28th, 2009No comments

Magnetic “Woo” and James Randi

Peter Fotis Kapnistos




“The Amazing Randi” recently poked me for a million-dollar award he has promised to anyone with proof of paranormal powers (shrugged off as “woo” by skeptics). Numerous theorists describe the collective subconscious, a sense of the greater good, or the trust of instinct as what mainly determines humankind´s evolving nature.



A tall man wearing an officer´s uniform courteously entered the ship´s dining room. He introduced himself as an admiral of the Dutch navy and said he was an emissary for a top-secret committee of the United Nations. “We need you to decipher something for us,” he cautiously requested.

“What is it?” the Oxford cryptologist inquisitively asked.

“A blank page,” the admiral softly replied.

“But I´ll need a symbol,” the professor objected. “At least a line, or a few dots, something…”

Nightfall touched the horizon after a day´s journey. A group of persons trekked along a tapered footpath into untried woodland.

“Why must we meet here?” the weary professor asked.

“A blank page,” replied a Canadian voyager clutching his field glasses.

They sat by a campfire and continued their discussion. “I was a firmware engineer for a global digital provider,” the clean shaved Canadian said. “During maintenance I found a blank web page that was receiving a huge amount of daily visits.”

“Did you check the IP addresses of the visitors?” The professor inquired.

“At first it seemed to be another dirty bunch sharing raunchy erotica,” the engineer carefully watched the footpath trail as he spoke. “They used an odd astronomy recipe, like Morse code. If a recurrent IP failed to visit the blank page or made more than one visit per day, a communication port would robotically open. I think that may have allowed them to exchange sex-torture subject matter.”

The sound of a crowd drawing near invaded the evening stillness. The Chinese negotiator and an Italian envoy remained standing at a tent porch as the familiar admiral paced into the campsite without airs, wearing grubby khakis and a snug jacket. “We need to know what´s behind the CIA tortures,” the admiral tersely beckoned the professor.

Thus began the unlikely mission of the Oxford cryptologist and an undisclosed group of United Nations representatives from assorted homelands such as Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Japan, and Russia –– to name only a few. At long last it was discovered that the CIA had made use of “psychics” during the 1970s. But due to the affluent demands of lobbyists, some influential “skeptics” were eventually substituted instead, partly because they supposedly knew more about how to tackle and resolve religious overloads. Opportune cynics scorned straight morals. They effortlessly became the foremost producers of explicit representations of sexual activity. Paradoxically, the leading consumers of pornography according to later press reports were excessive religious traditionalists. The ominous partnership of supply and demand traded immense stockpiles of capital. Members of an intelligence sector of the US government were charged with sex abuse and torture in interrogations. Behind closed doors, the CIA destroyed nearly 100 graphic videos of such interrogations.

Margie Schoedinger was a young woman from Houston, Texas who made a complaint in 2002 that she had been repeatedly drugged and raped by clandestine US government agents that wore face covers. They purportedly exposed her to indignity and trauma. But due to the “far-fetched atmosphere” of her allegations, the local authorities presumed that Margie Schoedinger was in all probability psychologically disturbed.

Two years later, horrible Abu Ghraib prison photos were seen around the world. Images of US government agents wearing face covers while fiendishly afflicting prisoners looked just like Margie Schoedinger´s original descriptions. Evidently, she had counseled us wisely. But by then, Margie had passed away from a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide.

A medical helicopter waited above the isolated encampment to airlift a photographer who had suffered a head injury. The Oxford professor examined some photos an Australian supervisor had given him. A Brazilian mediator watched on. They were demonstrations of water boarding. “Notice anything absent?” The Australian abruptly asked and paused for a long moment. “There are no boards in these photographs,” the Brazilian finally pointed out.


“They didn´t let slip ––on how they joined together two wooden boards,” the professor remarked. “One of the earliest reported victims died of asphyxiation and had water and blood flow out of his lung when his side was pierced.”

A new boss looked out of a window over Washington D.C. An advice-giver selected a list of files and speculated: “Freeze the Sandstone Foundation´s assets? Probably more witnesses might be made known with new disclosures of entrenched elements.”

At length, the rundown Abu Ghraib prison would finally serve as a museum. Near the secluded entry of a dim corridor flickered a single candle on a small plaque that said: “Memorial of Margie Schoedinger.”


But she would not think of battle that reduces men to animals,
So easy to begin and yet impossible to end.
For she the mother of our men did counsel me so wisely then
I feared to walk alone again and asked if she would stay.
(Uriah Heep, “Lady in Black,” 1971)


James Randi recently posted an article on his “Swift Blog” with the title, “A Champion Grubby Speaks Out” (April 22, 2009). In that article, Mr. Randi automatically criticized me for a story I had published on the Internet about “Uri Geller and the YouTube Video Smear.”

I must admit that Randi did pay me a Freudian accolade by calling me a champion of sorts. The slang word “grubby” is regularly used to describe dirty work clothes. Perhaps James Randi instinctively compared me to a blue-collar protagonist (unless he meant Myxocephalus aenaeus, a fish that looks like a red bass).

As soon as you’re born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be.
(John Lennon, “Working Class Hero,” 1970)



For readers who don´t know who James Randi is, the Amazing Randi (an 80-year-old native Canadian who merrily sports a Charles Darwin style beard) is a stage magician and professional skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims. One of his much-loved objects to complain about is Uri Geller, an Israeli-British performer who claims to be able to bend spoons with the psychic power of his mind.

James Randi began his blitz of opposition with: “I hardly know where to start…” And that´s a good sign for working class enthusiasts. From the onset, the challenger is confused, bewildered and disoriented. He hardly knows. Randi claimed that “a neodymium magnet contained in a plugged-on thumb tip” can move the needle of a compass at an outlying distance. Randi even said he would demonstrate how it´s done. Indeed, if I had further evidence of such a gadget, I would certainly have mentioned it in my original article. I have nothing to lose by exposing swindlers. I only said that the video Randi refers to is not sufficient evidence to prove that Uri Geller cheated. The swollen thumb visual impression in the YouTube video that many observers have commented on was due to blurred motion-capture and appeared on both of Uri´s thumbs (something Randi didn´t seem to get but nonetheless badgered me for).

In one part of the video clip, Uri Geller rubbed his left thumb. Randi and his followers claim that´s where Geller plugged in a magnetic thumb tip. But if you watch the video again you will notice that Geller actually made three attempts to move the compass needle. It slightly moved during the first two tries, but moved more after he rubbed his thumb and asked everyone in the audience to join hands. So, how did the compass needle shift in the first shots if Uri was not allegedly wearing a thumb tip yet? Of course we can speculate all we want. Perhaps Uri Geller rubbed his thumb for a perfectly innocuous reason –– because it just so happened to itch. Or, as Uri´s fans might claim, because students of acupressure regularly massage their finger tips to remove blockages from their meridians and to increase the circulation of Qi (bioforce) through their hands. Of course, with the first mention of “Qi” James Randi and his loyal cohorts will cry, “woo” aloud, and call it a “scientific howler” because in their opinion, bioforce simply doesn´t exist. It´s too bad for them, however, that the Japanese Ministry of Health regulates a thumb technique developed by Tokujiro Namikoshi as a licensed bioforce medical therapy. For centuries now, watchmakers have reported cases where common people halted timepieces only by touching them.

Perhaps Randi made the supreme sacrifice of wrongness when he insisted, “There is no such thing as a human magnetic field,” and called me an idiot and an ignorant reporter for mentioning it. Regrettably, the so-called leader of an “educational club” is apparently still bootstrapped to the world of 19th century mechanics. There is definitely such a thing as the human magnetic field. Researchers began to systematically measure the magnetic fields produced by the human body in the 1970s, after the first accurate measurement was made in 1963 (see: Baule G.M, McFee R. “Detection of the magnetic field of the heart,” American Heart Journal, 1963). Today, international conferences in magnetobiology are held every two years with hundreds of important scientists attending. Most conferences focus on MEG (magnetoencephalogram), or the measurement of the magnetic field of the brain.

We shouldn´t be too harsh on James Randi for lagging behind with his bio-magnetic reviews. Although he claims to lead an informative institute, we shouldn´t forget that the Amazing Randi is perhaps the top professional conjurer of our times. Having started off as a carnival and nightclub magical performer, Randi soon managed to sway entire departments of the US government (via the MacArthur Fellowship) and leading scientists to stop funding research in pioneering fields. America has now fallen behind China in the scientific study of psi phenomena. What more could be said of a head teacher misguidedly claiming knowledge? In a squabble, James Randi suggested that I go back to being a “fashion photographer.” If the popular demand grows, perhaps I will release some never-before published photos of famous personalities. But I certainly won´t return Randi´s boorishness. Asking James Randi to revisit his old playing field of debased nightclubs and saw dust restaurants would be too unkind.

Peter Fotis Kapnistos worked with Professor Spyridon Marinatos, the archaeologist who excavated the ruins of Akrotiri on the island of Thera (Santorini). Peter was the assistant of Spiros Tsavdaroglou, an official photographer for the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. They photographed Minoan and Mycenaean sites and artifacts for Professor Marinatos, who was one of the premier Greek archaeologists of the 20th century (his name is mentioned in the video game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis). Peter also assisted the team that photographed the royal tomb of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great, discovered in the 1980s by the archeologist Manolis Andronicus. If you happen to come across encyclopedias or history books with monochrome pictures of small trinkets from the Tomb at Vergina depicting the father of Alexander the Great, you can be sure those photos came out of Peter´s darkroom work.

It would be thoughtless of anyone to deny that James Randi has done a good turn to modern society by exposing the trickery of some religious pretenders who have robbed the wealth and dignity of many believers. But Randi is neither a scientist nor an educator. He and his committed followers make the mistake of assuming that if there´s a reported phenomenon that can´t be reproduced or explained, it must be a clever trick.

For example, if one of Randi´s young fans were to dive into a tank filled with freezing water at a temperature below zero Celsius, they would suffer cardiac arrest almost immediately according to modern scientific literature. That´s a medical fact. Thus, anyone able to do this without injury, according to Randi´s pointed logic, must somehow be cheating. But Lewis Gordon Pugh, a British lawyer, would strongly disagree. Pugh is perhaps the only man in the world that can increase his core body temperature at will, only by thinking about it. Scientists are now trying to explain how it´s achievable and are absolutely astounded that Lewis Pugh “the ice-man” doesn´t even shiver (an involuntary reflex for mortal humans) while swimming almost naked at the North Pole.

Shrewdly enough, James Randi completely avoided talking about Pugh in his criticism of my original article. Randi has promised to give a million dollars to anyone who can prove paranormal powers. Lewis Pugh says that he can alter his body temperature simply by “visualization.” Ironically, one of Randi´s supporters (who doesn´t even believe in psi) sent me a frenzied message in a befuddled attempt to redefine the dictionary meaning of psi. Others thought they could at last solve the enigma by declaring that William Tell never existed.

But what exasperated James Randi the most was none of the above. He wound up when I wrote that someone using the name “Randi Schimnosky” was posting on the Internet message boards concerning atheism, kinky sex, and child abuse and making at least some people wonder if it had anything to do with James Randi. This is absolutely true. I made up not an iota of what I reported. Instead of thanking me for tipping him off that a potential cyber teaser might be pestering his prestige, James Randi intimidated me. (I assure you I´m not Randi Schimnosky.)

The weird Schimnosky character emerged through a Canadian Internet service provider and could prompt attention for building fake profiles because Randi Schimnosky sometimes poses as a man and sometimes as a woman. Nevertheless, James Randi apparently believes I should be hauled over the coals for mentioning it. The Amazing Randi agitatedly recalled a time when he had the gratification of “flooring a nasty chap” and intimidated me on his Swift Blog:

“One shot, to the chops. He went down, and was carried out. VERY satisfying, I assure you. Want some, Mr. Kapnistos? I got some…”

How am I supposed to answer that menacing question? Of course, I don´t think an elderly man might be waiting to mete out a serious head injury to me the minute I walk out of a restaurant or movie theater. But I´m not sure about his messy group of tough followers. “Rule No. 5” of the James Randi Forum website states: “You will not post anything that demonstrates a clear and present danger to the welfare of another person, or otherwise tends to create alarm or apprehension that the welfare of any person is in imminent jeopardy.” James Randi did not obey his website rules but instead threatened physical harm. Being a resident of the European Union, I sought qualified opinions. I watched the marvels of an English lawyer that just might make James Randi and his group of heavies “shudder.” His name is Lewis Gordon Pugh.

I looked to Lewis Pugh´s paradigm because it coincidentally asked for “two birds with one stone.” Lewis Pugh could lift a (cool) million from James Randi for his evidence of the power of the mind. I could take a shot to the chops and turn the other cheek to prove that those who show off violence are not leaders in education, but dishonor the MacArthur Fellowship. Fist bullying is an endorsement to harm.

Harassment by computer is a crime in several U.S. states –– especially if the communication threatens bodily harm. In “Destructive Crowds: New Threats to Online Reputation and Privacy,” Danielle Keats Citron from the University of Maryland School of Law says that online attackers can release the sense of a mob thrashing. Persons who are driven by fear sometimes find short-term relief by expressing their rage. Statements of annoyance and dislike that swamp some web forums might sway a number of confused school bags, but they can´t stand up in a court of law or influence a genuine educational organization. Scientific advances come about by exploring the unknown. Those who fear and spurn the unfamiliar can hardly contribute new research.

Since Lewis Pugh says that his one-in-a-billion talent to withstand sub-zero contact is mostly because of mind over matter, James Randi and his team could possibly attempt to debunk him. Like the fire walking “stunt,” (which Randi says is due to wood ash under the feet that has very low specific heat and is similar to a heat shield ceramic), Pugh´s paranormal defiance to freezing could be imagined as a clever stunt by some professional skeptics. For example, they could say that something in Pugh´s swimsuit produces heat from the combustion of metallic elements, to warm the water around him.

If that doesn´t work, Randi´s team might assail the scientists who bear witness to the newly discovered phenomenon of “anticipatory thermogenesis.” As Randi did to the Stanford Institute researchers who investigated the Geller Effect in the 1970s, the skeptics could accuse Lewis Pugh´s researchers of a controlled deception to promote the awareness of climate change and global warming, which he represents in the media. The various wires and monitoring devices strapped to Pugh´s body could be alleged to function somewhat like a neodymium heat apparatus, warming up the icy waves as he swims.

In contrast, scrupulous researchers seeking to scientifically confirm Lewis Pugh´s resistance to freezing are studying molecular groups that rotate within vacuum cavities in such a way that thermalization occurs. The possible existence of long-lived rotational states of some molecules inside protein structures (the electromagnetic partitioning of DNA) could be responsible for increasing core body temperature. Pugh´s paranormal ability may in truth be a variant of the Geller Effect, because excitable tissues are now regarded as true generators of thermalization and magnetic fields.

Despite the top-notch skeptics´ best efforts, today many common people are happy to accept the possibility of magnetic “woo.” But faith certainly includes an undeniable “weirdness.” For example, a portrayal of Jesus as a merchant selling jewelry and promoting cosmetics certainly seems pretty weird: “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (Revelation 3:18). Even more weird is the ceremonial buzz that he´s forecast to arrive with space clouds and a completely different name: “And I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3).

Is the magnetic attraction of “woo” a strange spot in the pursuit of happiness? Or could the extraordinary sense of a greater good actually determine life´s evolving nature?

I’ve paid my dues –
Time after time –
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime –
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face –
But I’ve come through
(Queen, “We Are The Champions,” 1977)










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Uri Geller and the YouTube Video Smear

April 19th, 2009No comments


Uri Geller and the YouTube Video Smear

By Peter Fotis Kapnistos (copyright 2009)


Some years ago, Uri Geller became the world’s best-known psychic celebrity. The belief that Soviet telepathic phenomena could in fact pose a grave danger to the Western world was taken rather seriously in the 1970s. Uri Geller was at the heart of the related uproar. Even “Nature” magazine, the world’s most respected science journal, published a detailed report on Geller’s remarkable talents.

Fatefully, after the Soviet Union collapsed so did scientific concern for psychic phenomena. Israeli-born Geller promptly came under ever-increasing attacks by the established media. Leading the hardened criticism was James Randi (Randall James Hamilton Zwinge), a stage magician and professional skeptic. In 1973, Johnny Carson asked Randi to secretly prepare a spur-of-the-moment test for Uri Geller’s scheduled TV appearance on the “Tonight Show.” Geller later said that Johnny Carson’s skepticism blocked his powers. Could a public figure recognized by prestigious scientists and “Nature” magazine fleetingly lose his intuitive ability?

Perhaps we might find a parallel to Uri Geller’s quandary in the famous story of the Swiss figure, William Tell. Whether by a coincidence or a striking synchronicity, the expert marksman was a native of Uri, one of the Swiss forest provinces. According to tradition, in the 13th or early 14th century William Tell defied Austrian authority and was forced by the hated Austrian governor to shoot an apple from his son’s head with a crossbow at a distance of 80 paces, or else both would be executed. At that remote distance the average human cannot make out an apple, let alone aim a crossbow at it. We can therefore only imagine that William Tell aimed somewhere vaguely over the top of his son’s head.

William Tell split the apple with a single arrow from his crossbow, without mishap. But if the skeptical Austrian governor had distracted him with peripheral mayhem and noisy commotion, would Tell have lost his instinctive talent? According to the Swiss narrative, William Tell carried a second arrow in his quiver. If he had ended up killing his son in that test, he would have turned the crossbow on the governor himself.

Today, over half of the Swiss population believes that William Tell really lived. A modern scientific view of the Tell account implies that any healthy adult male should be able to reproduce his success. But in reality, William Tell represents one in a million. The strict scientific premise of controlled repeatability does not apply in his particular set of circumstances. And that perhaps is also a major reason why many scientists shun Uri Geller. His psychic abilities do not conform to the scientific principle of repeatability.

More recently, it was alleged that Uri Geller was caught cheating in an Israeli TV documentary that has lately also circulated on YouTube. The accusation was that a slow motion shot revealed him producing a small magnet from behind his ear or out of his hair to influence a compass needle. In other words, he purportedly put on a magnetic false thumb. The claim was carried by major news agencies and repeated in several publications, including Wikipedia and some prominent science-oriented magazines. I found it rather puzzling because I’m a photographer and the Israeli documentary in question was actually Uri Geller’s own TV show. Why would he do such an unnecessary thing on camera? And if he did, why wasn’t the unsightly scene finally edited out of his finished video product?

To satisfy my curiosity, I finally confronted Uri Geller about the accusation. In a telephone conversation, Uri, who speaks three languages, bluntly told me that he never used a thumb magnet. “More ridiculous,” he exclaimed, “is that I plucked it out of my hair!” There was a time in Geller’s early career when he did use some crude magic tricks at the suggestion of one of his promoters. Uri actually wrote about it in his autobiography. But why would he admit to that –– and not the thumb magnet? What difference did it make? Those things led me to suspect that Uri Geller’s critics were perhaps wrong about the cheating accusation. So I decided to do a frame-by-frame analysis of the controversial video clip.


The Disingenuous Video Scene


  Photo 1

In “Photo 1” we see a wide overall view of the controversial Israeli TV video scene where Uri Geller’s critics accuse him one way or another of allegedly plucking a slightly thick “hidden magnet” from the edge of his hairline. Notice the fingertips of the young man standing to the right. It is clearly identifiable that motion blur and not some conjuring glove or terminal projection causes the bent deformation of the young man’s extended hand.


urigeller02 Photo 2

In “Photo 2” we see a close-up view of the young man’s bizarrely distorted hand. The Incredible Hulk-like transformation is not a trick of magic but a common effect of motion blur. Notice also the bright highlight on the young woman’s fingertip.


urigeller03  Photo 3

In “Photo 3” we see two separate frames from the same Israeli video scene showing similar chunky distortion effects on the tips of both of Uri Geller’s thumbs. But the video footage makes it readily understood that Uri could not possibly have placed pointlessly thick thumb magnets on both of his hands. Bright studio lighting (spectral highlights) and motion blur (slow shutter speeds) are the actual reasons for the apparent fingertip swelling. Notice how it also disfigures the ears of the subjects.

I spent several days studying the Geller video over and over, frame-by-frame, and came to the unexciting conclusion that the thick fingertip effect is nothing more than ordinary motion blur. Uri briefly touches his forehead and rubs his left thumb in the video scene but there is nothing out of the ordinary observable in his hair or behind his ears.

thumbI’m sorry to report that after I posted my video analysis results on Wikipedia, persons who aren’t really interested in objective truth (but would rather smear what they dislike) promptly deleted my posts. I’m even sadder to testify that the mainstream media has bought into and carried this piece of intellectual dishonesty for some years now, without the slightest concern for accuracy or scientific facts.

I don’t really claim to know how Uri Geller can influence the magnetic needle of a compass. But if you think he visibly cheated in the video, please excuse me for proving you are wrong.

Well-known examples of motion blur are astronomers’ time exposures of the night sky in which the Earth’s rotation causes stars to appear as bright smear-lines or wide concentric circles. It’s the very same principle that makes rapid hand movements look like fingertip swelling in the Uri Geller video frames.

And if you’re still not sure about my video analysis, mull over this: In December of 2008, I received an e-mail from someone named Oscar in Sweden who is not really an Uri Geller fan but remarked, “I think it’s wrong of skeptics to claim that he cheats without any proof.” Oscar suggested that he could post a video reply and said, “I have tested it at home and in a lab, and also have had a huge interest in magnets for several years, and no magnet of that small size can affect anything that far away. So get a small magnet, like a fridge magnet (10 gauss) and a standard compass, bring it over the compass and you can show that you have to go closer than 5 cm. or something like that to be able to control the compass, but it still does not move like it does in the video.” In other words, a magnet small enough to hide in someone’s hairline can’t possibly make a compass needle shift as much as it does in the Uri Geller video.

According to some observers, the YouTube transmitter of the disingenuous video clip is connected with Brian “Sapient” Cutler, ostensibly a young apprentice of James Randi. Brian Sapient is a co-founder of the online Rational Response Squad (and the Blasphemy Challenge), an atheist activist organization that has also posted a video of the Bible covered with dog excrement. Why the mainstream media should side with him and prop up a defamation video for years without first analyzing its actual focus material remains a mystery. In fact, Uri Geller was almost labeled a villain against the freedom of expression on the Internet when he tried to thwart the misleading video shots for being phony and underhanded. In the meantime, James Randi had an asteroid named after him (Asteroid 3163 Randi) by the astronomer Charles Kowal at the Palomar Observatory in California, for disproving claims of the paranormal. Of course, it’s a well-known fact in the global film industry that photographic tricks were used in some product TV spot commercials featuring Uri Geller. Yet Geller constantly rebuffs the accusation of using a thumb magnet to fool his audience, in a way weirdly reminiscent of William Tell’s intrepid defiance –– in the alpine region of Uri.


William Tell’s Second Arrow


Before the media could finally discredit the idea of psychic powers, a British lawyer named Lewis Gordon Pugh suddenly surfaced. Pugh is an arctic swimmer who holds world records for the longest swims in the coldest waters. “New Scientist” magazine recently published a fascinating article, “Superhuman: The secrets of the ice man,” describing Pugh’s severe physical and mental preparation for his gripping cold-water achievements. In 2007, Pugh took a 1-kilometer swim at the geographic North Pole, where the water was 29º F to 32º F (minus 1.7º C to 0º C).



Nearly all scientists attribute Lewis Pugh’s amazing capability to a phenomenon known as “anticipatory
,” which is just a technical name for mind-over-matter. There is little doubt in most researchers’ minds that his talent is actually a psi ability based on “superior mental powers.” Pugh can raise his core body temperature to 101 degrees without any physical exertion. It should therefore be evident that Uri Geller, in a similar way, can raise his core body magnetism. Yet some of the mainstream press today continues to mock Geller while presenting Pugh as some kind of Aryan superman. Uri Geller is Jewish.

randiNot long ago, “Discover” magazine published a short interview with James Randi in which Uri Geller was pointlessly mocked before Israel’s Knesset, referring to derogatory statements that were false. In its most recent issue, “Discover” printed a formal apology to Geller (although you might need a magnifying glass to see it).

James Randi has said he aims to ruin Uri Geller’s reputation. But perhaps Randi should be more worried that a distant person using the name “Randi Schimnosky” is pointing back to his website.

The Schimnosky eccentric is now and again either a woman or a man, who posts on “Mother Jones” and many other message boards concerning sex and atheism. It’s not clear if Randi Schimnosky is a real person, except for a pen name for weird child-sex and antireligious discussions, as well as unsympathetic letters against the church. In one forum debunking radio host Stephen Bennett, a member wondered if Schimnosky was in fact James Randi. Schimnosky irately replied that his or her accuser is “a lying poser if not actually Stephen Bennett.”

Schimnosky’s preferred topic is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT). In one unsettling post Randi Schimnosky said: “I don’t agree with you that the definition of child abuse is something that is legally actionable.” In another odd post Schimnosky wrote: “N— said ‘LGBT Randi doesn’t think it’s child molestation to keep and view sexual torture porn on the bedroom computer of her ten year old son. LGBT Randi doesn’t think it’s child molestation to have lurid chat with a twelve-year-old, trying to lure them somewhere so you can teach them sexual techniques and have them use them on you.’ Obviously those things aren’t child molestation and you are a liar because you said these two people had molested children. Child molestation requires actual physical sexual contact and there was none in these cases.”

Schimnosky also mysteriously published a bare and vacant blog called “sch957” ( One might assume the blog title is the abbreviation of his or her name. But in the view of science, sch957 stands for “Polytopes of Type 957.” A regular polytope is a geometric figure with a high degree of symmetry. SCH957 is named after the 19th century Swiss mathematician, Ludwig Schlafli, who characterized regular polytopes in higher dimensions. The catch-22 dilemma is that a search engine listing of polytopes returns a surprising number of links (almost a thousand) to James Randi’s own website. The SCH957 polytope is apparently a mathematical reference to “Asteroid 3163 Randi.”

In 1993, James Randi accused Uri Geller of blackmailing him with a transcript and a tape that appeared to be of Randi having intimate sexual conversations with teenage boys. Randi later said that he had been working on behalf of the telephone company in its attempt to track down a minor who had been making obscene calls. It seems that at various times Randi has said that this tape was made by his enemies to blackmail him, that he made it himself, or that the police asked him to make it in an attempt to track down a teenager making obscene calls to his home.

On May 22nd, 1999, Randi gave a public lecture at Cal Tech, in California. At that time Randi read from a formal statement that he had apparently already sent to some people, and for which he invited others to write to him. This statement consisted of Randi’s explanation for the infamous “Blackmail Tape” and repeated his version of the events that led up to the production of the tape. Randi claimed that he made the tape under the direction of the police chief of Rumson, New Jersey, to entrap harassing obscene callers.

James Randi fearlessly went to the trouble of producing a recording of himself chatting about sex with wayward boys. Perhaps he should also be complaining in public that a wacky sex promoter is using the Randi name on different web forums and cryptically pointing back to James Randi’s “scientific” website.




As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly. (Proverbs 26:11)













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