Vale: James Randi
North American sceptic, who was infamously booted off The Don Lane Show, has died.
North American sceptic James Randi, who was infamously booted off The Don Lane Show, has died aged 92.
Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers, was the co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
The James Randi Educational Foundation confirmed the death, saying simply that its founder succumbed to “age-related causes” on Tuesday.
In the 1970s he made an appearance on The Don Lane Show questioning the authenticity of one of Lane’s most popular guests, UK medium Doris Stokes.
Randi suggested Stokes was using various forms of deception for her performances. But Stokes had been good for the show and Randi’s argument was not about to have the last word. Don Lane walked off the set in fury (she can be seen at 1.17m in this clip).
He most recently appeared in Netflix drama Messiah and had made other magician appearances in Happy Days and Sesame Street.
Evidence eventually emerged that at some of her live UK shows, Stokes had invited participants to attend, with a manager of the Palladium confirming she routinely booked the front three rows of the theatre for her own use.