Taking Charge of Your Health

[INTRO MUSIC] This library has almost
4,000 books in it. I want you to step to any
one of the shelves here, take any two books down
that are approximately the same thickness and size. Let me see. “Super Nature” by Lyall Watson. OK. And Edgar Cayce’s
“Story of Jesus”. All right. I’m going to flip
through this book, and you tell me when to stop. OK, stop. Whoops, sorry. I slipped. I dropped it. OK Craig, who is this
guy, and what’s going on? That’s Amazing Randi. He’s a magician. And he’s doing a magic trick. Ooo, magic? Sweet. Yeah. Stop. 91. Pick up that book, if you
would be so kind, please. I want you to look at
the top line on 91. OK OK. Choose a word out of there that
is not the kind of word that would occur on the top line
of every page in this library, I would say. No, don’t say it. Don’t say it. OK. You got it? OK. Close the book. Now I want you to
think of that word. OK. Hold on. Is he going to guess the
word by reading your mind? Shh, shut up. Watch the trick. Now, this is strange. OK. What was the first word that
your eye lit on there that you thought that would be suitable? It was entangled. This happens
every now and then. I got it upside down. Look at this. What? How did you do that? Very well, I thought. Yeah, you did. I don’t believe it. Well, I have the
paper right here. Take a closer look. OK, I see it. I guess it does
actually say entangled. Well, what else
could it be, Matt? Seeing is believing, Well, it’s just a
magic trick, right? The Amazing Randi is a magician. He’s not actually
reading your mind. Is he? How can we tell
what’s real or not? How do we know if our
senses are deceiving us? In this week’s episode
we will test the limits of what we can understand. And question the very
nature of reality. By taking a look at the
parts of the world where– [TOGETHER] Seeing
isn’t believing. That was in unison. Good job. A no-look high-five. Yeah, we did it. Now, if I had told you
that I had ESP powers and then did that, without you
knowing who I am as a magician, would you possibly have said,
wow, that’s the evidence. CRAIG: The Amazing Randi is
more than just a magician. He’s also an accomplished
escape artist who broke one of
Houdini’s records by staying submerged in a coffin
underwater for 104 minutes. He also escaped
from a straitjacket while hanging upside
down over Niagara Falls. But who hasn’t? Most people. And he even toured
with Alice Cooper. MATT: So he’s also a rock star. CRAIG: But he’s spent much
of his career and retirement exposing and debunking
those who claim to have supernatural
or magical abilities. So he goes around
revealing magic tricks? Isn’t that against
the magician’s code? Let’s get something straight
from the very beginning. I don’t reveal
magician’s tricks. I reveal the tricks that
the so-called psychics and paranormalists are preaching
to everybody as if they were facts, because
people should not be deceived in that way. What could have
happened that would make him give up touring
with Alice Cooper to start doing that? It happened after I was
well-established as a magician. And we’d get questions
from people saying, well, what you did with
the doves, there, that was very entertaining. Of course, that’s a trick. But when you told the
lady her telephone number, that was real, right? And I’d say, no, no, no,
that’s a mentalism trick. And they’d look at
your very strangely, because they figured you
were lying, because they were saying, no, no, you
can’t do that unless you have telepathic powers. Yes, I can. Well then, how is it done? That’s a professional secret. I determined that one
of these days I would, and I have done it ever since,
I would expose these things for the fakes they were. In 1976, James Randi became
one of the founding members of the Committee for Skeptical
Inquiry, also not known as cifski. And he went on to
investigate and debunk all kinds of psychics, healers,
and supernatural claims. So he’s like a Ghostbuster. Nope, not at all. But James Randi did gain
much of his notoriety by going up against one of
the most famous psychics of his time, Uri Geller. Well, Uri Geller makes a
claim that he can bend metal. Bending spoons,
that’s his profession. Could you imagine that? Your resume, professional
spoon-bender? Of what use is that? But Geller found out that
it was causing a sensation. And he promoted it. And he built his entire career
on a spoon-bending trick. And how was it done? You do it when nobody’s looking. Well, they would
be looking when Geller guested on The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1972, however. Carson wanted to expose
Geller as a fraud, but didn’t know how to do it. So he called up Randi. Randi told Carson to provide
the props, so Geller couldn’t use his own spoons,
and to keep the props far away from Geller and his
crew until it was showtime. When Geller appeared
and was presented with The Tonight Show provided
props, guess what happened? He couldn’t do it? [URI GELLER ON TV] OK, let
me rest a little, all right? All right. CRAIG: Yep. His powers failed him. Defeated by a comedy
legend, a skeptical mind, and normal everyday spoons. [JOHNNY CARSON ON TV]
Uri was telling me, what, you don’t feel strong tonight? [URI GELLER ON TV]
I don’t feel strong. JAMES RANDI: I think
he rather resents me. I suspect that he does, you see. No kidding. Taken down on live television. That’s gotta sting. Yeah, but maybe $1 million
would make him feel better. Well, probably. Along with his crusade to
stamp out supernatural deceit, Randi set up a foundation that
would give anybody $1 million if they could provide objective
proof of the paranormal. JAMES RANDI: The foundation
has for many years now offered a $1 million
prize to any person or persons who could provide evidence
of any paranormal, occult, or supernatural
event of any kind under proper
observing conditions. That’s the statement succinctly. And you would think, if you
look out the window there and this one over
here, you’d think that there’d a lineup
of people, wouldn’t you, waiting to win the $1 million
prize, because they claim that there are tens of thousands
of psychics all over the world. Where are they? MATT: OK, Randi has
devoted his life to taking down these fakers. But what’s the harm? Isn’t it just some
people having some fun? JAMES RANDI:
There’s a great deal of harm in the so-called
psychics and paranormalists and whatnot telling
people that what they do is from real psychic powers. [PETER POPOFF ON TV]
He said you smite that cancer with your fist. JAMES RANDI: Because
it misleads people into believing that
there are such things. And they will tend
to spend money. And they spend
fortunes on people who will offer them predictions
and prognostications of various kinds. Is there something, is there
anything other than money? Oh, yes. They get such power
over these people. Even after Randi
debunked Geller in front of a live
studio audience on one of the most
popular shows of its time, Geller remained a star and
still demonstrates his telepathy to this day. MATT: How can people still
believe him after that? These people are
unsinkable rubber ducks. They will stay in business
no matter what I do or what anybody does. But at least some people will
listen to what I have to say. The interesting thing is that I
often get people saying, well, I guess they just
want to believe. No. I correct that in one word. They need to believe. Some people really need to
believe in the supernatural. After years of
debunking, Randi decided to take his skeptical
enterprise to the next level. I determined that you could
create, actually create a psychic from nothing. My name is Deyvi
Orangel Pena Arteaga. I’m also known as the
artist, Jose Alvarez. And I did a project with
him in 1987, I believe, where I perform as a
channeler in Australia. CRAIG: Randi called
this channeler Carlos, and sent a press release to the
Australian media claiming that Carlos was the embodiment
of 2,000-year-old spirit. Well, they didn’t just
believe that, did they? Well, they put him on TV. Oh. The character was
pretty colorful. CRAIG: I’ve seen video. It’s very funny. So they decided to promote it. CRAIG: Carlos even called a
full-scale press conference that was attended by key
Australian media outlets. MATT: What? CRAIG: All this free publicity
made Carlos a huge attraction. MATT: Nobody questioned this? The proof was available
that he was a total fake. But nobody bothered
to check into a guy who speaks in tongues and
communicates with the dead? Nope. The promotional materials that
Randi distributed to the press were full of claims that anyone
could have tried to verify. One phone call would have
brought the whole thing down. But nobody called. We rehearsed, went on the
air, and with the agreement at the very beginning that
we would reveal all of this. CRAIG: Carlos premiered
to a packed audience at the Sydney Opera House. Randi’s efforts paid off, and
Carlos had a large and fervent following. DEYVI: The interesting
thing for me was how easy it was for
a cult to be created and for people to follow a
character like this simply because he was
promoted on television. Could this happen again? Has anything changed since then? With the internet and various
forms of communication now, there couldn’t be
another Carlos, right? The need to believe
is still there. And the people who want
to fulfill that need are still there. So therefore
nothing has changed. That basic relationship
is still there. They’re looking for a magic. They want magic. And I’m not talking
about the kind of magic that I do as a performer. No. They want magic. Real magic. Do you think we’ll ever
get better at discerning between what’s real
and what’s not? I don’t know. Will people ever
become more skeptical of these outlandish claims? There may be other
generations up ahead that will have a much better
picture of how the world really works. But I think that
we are not quite capable of doing that yet. I’m an amateur. I’m only an amateur. I’m a magician by trade and an
amateur philosopher, I guess. But I’ve managed to make a
certain impact on the world. And I’m proud of that. Well, what do we do, Craig? How can we hone our minds
to be razor-sharp blades of objective thought? Well, maybe we don’t want to. Look at how popular things like
Star Wars and Harry Potter are. Maybe there’s a
part of us that just wants to believe in The Force,
magic, and the wookie planet, Kashyyyk. [WOOKIE NOISE] Yeah. Maybe we don’t
want to be limited by our mundane, everyday lives,
because if magic can be real, anything’s possible. Yeah. I guess our need to believe
could be a form of optimism. As long as we don’t
confuse our need to believe as evidence
for our beliefs. Why don’t we take
a look at the ways our perception can fool us. Next up, we’ll talk
about how our brain often fails to see what’s
right in front of it– gorillas, for example–
and how maybe we should be thankful for that. Then we’ll go searching for
evidence of UFO’s and aliens. And finally, we’ll take a look
at the cosmos and find out why our entire universe might
not be what it seems, because in this episode– [TOGETHER] Seeing
isn’t believing. Yeah. Nailed it. I didn’t even see it. But I believe it. I don’t believe it. And I didn’t see it. Thank you for seeing our video. Do you believe that you saw it? You did. If you liked it, you could
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playlist all about robots. Lots of things to see. Lots of things to believe. Or not. Or something. Bye. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 thoughts on “James Randi vs. The Supernatural

  1. There's no way I would believe nor have i ever believed in Uri Geller but if he was smart he would just have said no! I'm not doing nothing tonight, on the tonight show. Better than doing bad

  2. If anyone actually did possess supernatural powers they dam sure wouldn't be putting themselves in the spotlight. It would bring too much attention from the wrong people and you'd probably never see them again. They'd be abducted and experimented on. Not necessarily by government but more than likely government but there's many people who would want to study them.

  3. Any NUT who has the audacity to bad-mouth the great James Randi can do two things……1. Get a life….. 2. Put your malfunctioning brain In a Dishwasher, you sad and ridiculous people! Ask yourself this – If you had some 'power', would you use that power to bend spoons? Or perform card tricks? Of course not! Look, I'm not being nasty, I'm just saying, do yourselves a favour and get some help.

  4. Just a dumb man who can’t handle that people with real abilities DO exist.

    Any of you idiots ever try to enter his so called challenge? (was fake)

    I did many years ago.
    Guess what?
    I couldn’t enter because it didn’t exist.

    Future generations of people will see this man as I do, a fraud and liar.
    Yes, there are fake people, Randi included.
    But I was born with what I discovered I can do, and the spirit realms have taught me what life is.

    Too many humans are dumb.
    This is why we have wars and people murdering one another.
    If everyone understood what mediums do, the world would be a better place.

    This dick head is full of hate.
    Just a loser who hides his face under a bread. Don’t trust people like this.

  5. Believing in actual magic and nonsense is not the same thing as enjoying Star Wars and wishing the Force was a thing…one is deceiving yourself and the other is just using your imagination…I love fantasy shows and movies, but that doesn't mean I think the magic and supernatural elements of these shows actually exists…

  6. 1 SOLUTION TO FIX THIS: Learn more math and science for critical thinking. Engineers/scientists don't fall for this shit, also if you add history knowledge say good bye to religion.

  7. Magic Tricks are great…. when you present them as tricks. I used to do shows for kids and families, and always promoted it as "Illusion"… People like a good show, and it's OK for it to be just a show.

  8. Could this happen again? Goof ball it happens all the time. TV, internet, movies, and generic monotonous music vomits out this crap at light speed. Such victims of media and marketing.

  9. Uri Geller is a lying Jew .. what else would you expect from a people who routinely bomb civilians with white phosphorus

  10. The two most annoying people shove their faces into the camera and annoy everyone. What a great concept for a video….

  11. randi is simply envious of uri's HUGE success. have been watching both for years. so what if uri is doing "tricks". who is he hurting? what harm is he doing?

  12. I have loads of respect for James Randi and Banachek and Derren Brown for telling people they are in no way psychic and dont believe anyone is psychic and people who say they are are fraudsters and tricksters.

  13. Why ruin the video having 2 annoying cunts keep popping up and chatting shit because the 2 beared cunts are pricks.

  14. There's a conspiracy theory that the guy who punched Houdini in the belly was working for the disgruntled fake mediums that Houdini exposed. Even though life is too amazing not to contain some magic, people do take advantage of it. I remember having the misfortune of being present when a lobbyist/con man was telling his client to "create magical moments". So if you have a serendipidous chance encounter with a new friend on a plane, make sure it's not a businessman or goon using GPS and social media to network or influence your decisions. The rational explsnation is actually more likely than coincidence or magic. The word councidence by definition means it's unlikely.

  15. This is no different than politicians of today. People “need to feel” like someone is leading them. Politicians and government is the new “cult”, just cause it’s on TV people blindly follow the political “leaders” without asking 1 question to verify their authenticity or validity to even earn that position.
    VOTES (peoples opinions by feelings/emotions not logic) get people appointed into office to lead a nation, instead of QUALIFICATIONS and EDUCATION of that applicant.
    It Makes no sense.
    Go try and get ANY job and bring a paper with 5000 votes for people wanting you to have that job, vs gaining the job by interviewing and having the minimal credentials to EARN that job.
    Politics, makes NO SENSE and is run, like magic.
    This guy should take down government… since he is truly an atheist , he’d be the best bet to attempt it.

  16. Supernatural powers aren't out of the realm of science. Supernatural powers is one of the logical steps in evolution.

  17. This is the same man that threw a stick on the ground and it turned into a snake when moses performed his miracles😂😂

  18. i was watching james randi clips and the last person i expected to see was wheezywaiter. not that im complaining

  19. Not gonna watch the video but at 0:05. Why is the Hungarian Society giving awards written in English? Don't they speak Hungarian?

  20. Thanks Randi I know l mother who spends all house hold money on so called people whom. Talk to her dead boyfriend family her kids suffering in this go hungry very sad

  21. Just because you proved two-bit con artist wrong don't mean there's no supernatural. They just means you prove somebody f**** wrong this guy thinks he's the end-all-be-all of everything.

  22. People truly will believe anything. Example #1: trans women claiming they actually have menstrual cycles.

  23. This would be a lot cooler if not narrated by some soy boy vaginas. Ooh so original. So need. Your mom and I discuss it while I'm ramming her from behind.

  24. I mean…your surprised that people follow people who claim to have powers and it turns out their fake? Dude, you could disprove God to a Christian a million times and they will still pray like idiots

  25. Everything said here about psychics could also be said for religion just because people need to believe there’s a higher power you should not confuse that with evidence of a higher power

  26. This guy is a total fool or fraud..
    Just a fucking publicity-seeking dick..

    I hereby challenge the Randi foundation to take me on as a person who can [prove the supernatural.

    Exposing this idiot will be my pleasure, as I will also expose every international medium….

    James, I don't care about your fake million dollars. I want to bankrupt you, and I will. but then you won't take me on, as you're a fraud.. I'm here to prove the spirit world is real. and you're a fucking tool.

    You need to sue me now, but you don't have the balls dickhead, I will show the world what you really are.

    Mark Hardtaff, Melbourne, Australia.

    I'm a medium who is going to change the world by taking down international skeptics, all of whom are dumb cunts like you,
    My words are because I want to be sued. I will expose this dude, and he knows I can… he .will not do anything and with that, I expose him.

  27. biggest fraud in history and people are to stupid to see it.
    Yes, there are fake people, but you don’t need a dickhead like this to show you.

    I’m going to debunk Randi.

    I will take in his foundation soon and they won’t even engage with me, as they know psychic abilities are real.

    You’re all so stupid believe this creepy man.

    Mark Hardstaff.
    Melbourne, Australia.

    Anyone want to challenge me?
    I’ll demonstrate in a clinical environment.

    look me up as I don’t use YouTube.

    Randi is a idiot

  28. Old James was a closet homo for years but had the hots for Geller the whole time. He was still one of my heroes.

  29. Well this is an ANNOYING video.. Seriously don't need 2 people back and forth, back and forth, let us just watch the damn video so that you don't screw up the flow! Still give you a thumbs up like many because it's about Amazing Randi..

  30. Read parapsychologist Andrew Nichols book Ghost Detective. He’s seens a bunch of paranormal things happen from things being tossed across the room etc. but he doesn’t think it’s spirits but people using telekinesis.

  31. Just because he debunks people doesn’t mean the supernatural isn’t real. Me and my ex both saw a apparition with our own eyes. And I know a handful of people of had same experiences that they couldn’t debunk

  32. Just a fucking fool who won't take me on, scientifically.
    His challenge was always fake.
    My name is Mark Hardstaff and I live in Melbourne Australia,
    I am calling out this idiot and he needs to take me on, or delete all his videos on youtube..

    I email him, no reply as he knows In real.
    All you people are clueless fools.

  33. My name is Mark Hardsatff and I live in Melbourne, Australia.
    I was born in 1958 and saw spirts as a child. and later as an adult.
    in 2012 like others around the world (research I know what I am) I was awoken.
    What followed was spiritual communication, I know what life is.

    James Randi is a fucking idiot who won't take me on, as he knows he is a fraud,.and with this message under all his videos, I hereby expose him.

    Sue me, dickhead, I want to show people who you are.

  34. My name is Mark Hardsatff and I live in Melbourne, Australia.
    I was born in 1958 and saw spirts as a child. and later as an adult.
    in 2012 like others around the world (research I know what I am) I was awoken.
    What followed was spiritual communication, I know what life is.

    James Randi is a fucking idiot who won't take me on, as he knows he is a fraud,.and with this message under all his videos, I hereby expose him.

    Sue me, dickhead, I want to show people who you are.

  35. It's not that these folk want to believe, they need to believe. Very pessimistic for the future of science and humanity, however I try to question belief without evidence, perhaps I make a difference.

  36. interruptions work for horror stories and mysteries, not for straight up expose videos especially when an expert is being interviewed

  37. I believe it is turning in the opposite direction. The United States is becoming more fascist/religious, and believes in magic/religion every day.

  38. One big problem I see with a bit of this interview: when he told a woman her telephone number, somebody said "You can't do that, it's magic" And his reply is "Yes I can"…and when they say "Tell us how", he says "No it's a professional secret".

    You can't fight belief in (even _your_!) "magic", without revealing your method. It's just as useless, in convincing the non-converted, as is the superstitious simply saying "Your mind is closed" if pressed for proof of the supernatural.

  39. One question….how do you get a ginger beard? The only time i see this is from smokers. But its usually just around the mouth. Haha holy hell

  40. I dont believe in that stuff but in cuba i found a guy on the street that doesnt take money and you can talkk to him for a long time, he doesnt even know you and he cant ask you questions.He starts saying stuff about your past in detail and tells you whats going to happen and with whom without you ever telling him ANYTHING.What scares me is that it has come true and i dont want to belive it.

  41. imagine telling someone who just lost their mom that there is no god and her body was eaten by bugs?. vs telling them shes with god and she's in heaven ?
    that why people NEED TO BELIEVE

  42. Psychic Abilities | Russell Targ | look this stuff up don't let this jackasses for garbage into your brain

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