Originally posted by daskakik
Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
James Randi has a challenge for people like yourself, the gifted ones. James
Randi foundation challenge. The prize money hasn't been awarded since it was conceived 40 years ago.
The Randi challenge is bogus. Randi set the rules so that he would never have to pay out the money while generating a whole lot of publicity.
Seems simple enough, even with $1,000,000 on the line:
1. This is the primary and most important of these rules: The Applicant must state clearly, in advance, and the Applicant and the JREF must agree
upon, what powers or abilities will be demonstrated, the limits of the proposed demonstration so far as time, location and other variables are
concerned, and what will constitute both a positive and a negative result.
2. Only an actual performance of the stated nature and scope, within the agreed-upon limits, will be accepted. Anecdotal accounts or records of
previous events are not acceptable.
3. The Applicant agrees that all materials and peripheral properties (photographic, recorded, written, etc.) gathered as a result of the test
procedure, the protocol, and the actual testing, may be used freely by the JREF.
4.In all cases, the Applicant will be required to perform a Preliminary Test in a location where a properly authorized representative of the JREF can
attend. This Preliminary Test is intended to determine if the Applicant is likely to perform as promised during the Formal Test, using the agreed-upon
protocol. To date, no applicant has passed the Preliminary Test, and therefore no Formal Test has yet been conducted.
5. At any time prior to the Formal Test, the JREF reserves the right to re-negotiate the protocol if issues are discovered that would prevent a fair
and unbiased test. After an agreement is reached on the protocol, no part of the testing procedure may be changed in any way without an amended
agreement, signed by all parties concerned.
6.All of the Applicant's expenses such as transportation, accommodation, materials, assistants, and all other costs for any persons or procedures
incurred in pursuit of the Challenge, are the sole responsibility of the Applicant. Neither the JREF nor any representative of the JREF will bear any
of the costs.
7.All applications and other correspondence must be typewritten or printed by computer and in English. Any English translations must be accompanied by
certification of qualifications of the translator.
8.Following an unsuccessful test or the rejection of their application, the Applicant must wait 12 months before applying again. The Applicant may not
apply more than twice.
9.By accepting this Challenge, the Applicant waives any and all claims against James Randi, the JREF, the JREF's employees, officers, directors, and
any other person. This waiver includes, but is not limited to, injury, accident, and damage of any kind, including damage and/or loss of a physical,
emotional, financial, and/or professional nature. Notwithstanding anything else in this paragraph, should the Claimant pass the Formal Test, the
Claimant does not waive any claims against the JREF that might be necessary to enforce payment of the Prize.