Here's why they don't pass the tests:
* some are outright frauds. Penn and Teller have uncovered a number of them, as have many professional magicians. Having a cylinder move (like the
"Russian psychic" did is very easy when you palm a piece of monofilament thread. I can duplicate that.
But if someone examines your hands and makes sure there's no threads and videotapes you to make sure you don't pull anything out of your clothing,
and you suddenly can't do this Psychic Phenomina that you were able to do just 10 minutes ago... then it's fraud.
* some are deluded.
* some don't understand the test. They will make a claim ("You have to tell me if I'm channeling correctly and I will tell you about your dead
relatives.") that is really not psychic. Heck, if the subject is allowed to say "yes" or "no" to your questions, MOST of us (including people
that demonstratably are not psychi) can come up with a 70% hit on information on your dearly departed relative.
When asked "please tell us how you want the experimet set up: what are the results you're claiming, what is the percentage of time that you will get
a success, and what the success is" -- most people don't respond with an experiment. They get mad and start huffing that Randi doesn't want to
give up the money.
By the way, it's international skeptic groups and magicians who do the testing. Various people. Randi doesn't do it himself and the group varies,
so there's no inherent bias.
Re the Yellow Bamboo test...
Here's where the YB folks made contact with Randi's organization. You can see them making the claims and doing the negotiations. The challenge was
here's the videotapes (and yes, you can see these guys' faces on websites so you know it really IS the YB):
Here's the discussion of the test with lots of questions answered:
Now... I think it was pretty reasonable, given all the promos that the YB does about how powerful and unstoppable their technique is. Supposedly even
I could use it if I was being attacked by a stalker (and I'm 5'3", for the record) and defeat my stalker even if he wasn't angry.
Now, the Master can't defeat a rugby player in an open air setting.
I don't know about YOU guys, but I wouldn't trust MY life to a martial arts teacher who can't defend against a rugby player on the beach. My Kung
Fu sifu could have tied the rugby player in knots... but Sifu Clark sure wouldn't have stood there and "projected" at the dude.
(btw, testimony to Sifu Clark's training... someone DID try to mug little me once ... two guys... they ran off after figuring that I was about six
times as much trouble as they really wanted, even if I was a short and unarmed woman.)
Sooo... there's the facts and the pictures. Discuss away.