A violinist can play the violin,
I would say… A dentist can fix teeth.
But the psychics? They apparently can’t do this sort of thing. If James Randi looks familiar,
maybe you’ve seen him before. He’s a career magician who’s done
thousands of appearences on stage and screen over the last 50 years.
But these days his claim to fame is not making things disappear,
it’s making fakes disappear. Over the last decade Randi has challenged
dozens of would-be psychics, faith-healers, prophets and prevailers of all matters
of products. His challenge is simple: “Prove it, and I’ll make you rich.” I’m willing to be shown, a million dollars
worth of willing to be shown. I can’t say that they don’t exist
and that the powers don’t exist. I never say that, I merely say “Show me!” While many have tried -each of this files
represents a challenge- nobody has ever collected a dime. In one famous example Randi challenged
Sylvia Brown, a psychic, live on the Larry King show.
That was almost 7 years ago. While she initially accepted the challenge
she never followed through. Finally got in touch with her through some
contacts that we had, and she said: “I don’t know how to reach James Randi.”
Now wait a minute… I’m in the phone book, Sylvia Brown
talks to dead people, I’m alive as you may have noticed…
She can’t find me? We called the Sylvia Brown corporation to ask
about the challenge and received only this email response: “Our organization prefers
not to comment on this story.” Please note though, if you have psychic powers
and need some extra cash, move fast. The challenge only lasts
another couple of years. For “Moneytalks”, I’m Stacy Johnson.