James Randi

1928 - 2020

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James Randi (born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge; August 7, 1928 – October 20, 2020) was a Canadian-American stage magician , author and scientific skeptic who extensively challenged paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. He was the co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Randi began his career as a magician under the stage name The Amazing Randi and later chose to devote most of his time to investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, which he collectively called "woo-woo". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Randi has received more than 4,022,470 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). James Randi is the 5th most popular magician, the 47th most popular biography from Canada (up from 59th in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Magician.

James Randi is most famous for his work as a magician, escape artist, and skeptic. He has debunked many psychics, faith healers, and other frauds.

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Among magicians, James Randi ranks 5 out of 11Before him are Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, Uri Geller, and Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. After him are David Blaine, Criss Angel, Ricky Jay, Penn Jillette, Dynamo, and Derren Brown.

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Among people born in 1928, James Randi ranks 70Before him are James Earl Ray, Joe Jackson, Colin Chapman, Carl Woese, Hardy Krüger, and Herbert Kroemer. After him are Tony Richardson, Robert Sheckley, James Garner, Lina Wertmüller, Vera Rubin, and Fats Domino. Among people deceased in 2020, James Randi ranks 79Before him are Kelly Preston, Honor Blackman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Vera Lynn, Robert Shavlakadze, and Ken Shimura. After him are Carl Reiner, Kim Ki-duk, John Saxon, Trini Lopez, Vittorio Gregotti, and Michel Hidalgo.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, James Randi ranks 47 out of 1,130Before him are Oswald Avery (1877), Robert Mundell (1932), Lois Maxwell (1927), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Ralph M. Steinman (1943), and Bertram Brockhouse (1918). After him are Charles Taylor (1931), Donald O. Hebb (1904), Joni Mitchell (1943), Ryan Reynolds (1976), Glenn Ford (1916), and Conrad Bain (1923).

Among MAGICIANS In Canada

Among magicians born in Canada, James Randi ranks 1