About the Author

Michael Doig is a science teacher, web developer, and avid traveler who lives in Brooklyn, NY.

One Million Dollar Challenge

James Randi is an interesting character. He is a magician, escape artist, and a huge skeptic of paranormal claims. His foundation offers a one million dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. Part of his reasoning for offering such a large reward is the fact that any discovery that is truly paranormal would be worth more to the scientific community than one million dollars.

I’ve watched just about every one of his videos on YouTube. If you haven’t seen him in action, it will really make you look at paranormal events in a new light. His work helped spawn the likes Penn and Teller. Start out with this video on Uri Geller and Peter Popoff and check out the other videos that pop up, such as the classic James Hydrick challenge. Be warned these videos are addicting.



If you think you have paranormal powers, contact Mr. Randi for your shot at $1,000,000,000.

At JREF, we offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The JREF does not involve itself in the testing procedure, other than helping to design the protocol and approving the conditions under which a test will take place. All tests are designed with the participation and approval of the applicant. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform a relatively simple preliminary test of the claim, which if successful, will be followed by the formal test. Preliminary tests are usually conducted by associates of the JREF at the site where the applicant lives. Upon success in the preliminary testing process, the “applicant” becomes a “claimant.”

The Carl Sagan video on astrology is a great watch as well.

Books by James Randi


“Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions” (James Randi)


“The Faith Healers” (James Randi)


“The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World’s Most Famous Seer” (James Randi)


“The Magic World of the Amazing Randi” (James Randi)