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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse An Honest Liar for showing us just how easy it is to
deceive people. The movie exposes psychics, faith healers, and con artists.

An Honest Liar
Truth and Deception in the
Life of James "The Amazing" Randi

An Honest Liar (2014) - 93 minutes
An Honest Liar at Amazon.com

An Honest Liar tells the story of the world-famous magician, escape artist and enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. He devised intricate investigations exposing the 'miracles' of psychics, faith healers and con-artists. A master deceiver who came out of the closet 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived.

10-22-20 James Randi: Magician and sceptic dies aged 92
One of the best known magicians in the entertainment industry, James Randi, famous for exposing claimants of the paranormal, has died in the US aged 92. Known by just his surname, Canadian-born Randi earned a reputation as one of the world's foremost sceptics of matters from ghosts to UFOs. His performances inspired legions of admirers, including the likes of TV and stage illusionists Penn & Teller. Randall James Zwinge was born in Toronto, Canada in 1928. His career as a magician saw him escape from a straightjacket while hanging upside down over Niagara Falls. He also joined rock star Alice Cooper on tour in the early 1970s, carrying out fake executions of the singer on stage. But Randi always reminded his audiences that his acts were based on tricks and not magic, and soon turned his attention to debunking claims by others who claimed paranormal powers. In 1972, he helped the US network NBC's Tonight Show prepare for an appearance by Uri Geller, the illusionist best known for bending spoons. With neither Geller nor his team able to access the props in advance, the magician failed to carry out any tricks - although the attention from Randi and other sceptics did nothing to harm his career. Randi also exposed faith healers, including televangelist Peter Popoff, who claimed to be receiving messages from God about his audience but was actually wearing an earpiece. The magician's own foundation went on to offer an award of $1m (£750,000) to anyone who could prove paranormal powers under controlled conditions. However, by the time of Randi's retirement from the foundation in 2015, the amount had still not been claimed.Randi is survived by his husband Deyvi Peña, whom he married in 2013.

An Honest Liar
Truth and Deception in the
Life of James "The Amazing" Randi

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse An Honest Liar for showing us just how easy it is to
deceive people. The movie exposes psychics, faith healers, and con artists.