James Randi Exposes Uri Geller and Peter Popoff
I love James Randi; he has been fighting the good fight against fraudulent psychics for years. This is a long video, but well worth watching. If you want to skip around, Randi traps Uri Geller on the Tonight Show around 6:00 minutes in and faith healer Peter Popoff around the 8:30 mark. It concludes with Randi exposing psychic surgery on the Tonight Show, an appearance which did not necessarily have the intended reaction. According to Randi:
I’ve performed the famous “psychic surgery” stunt many times, all over the world, notably on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson many years ago. It consists of the performer apparently reaching into the body of the person on the table, and extracting bloody lumps said to be tumors. That was clearly presented as a trick, and I explained on the Tonight Show that it was done by exactly the same means that the fakers in the Philippines are still using to cheat their victims. Imagine my surprise when Fred DeCordova, the Tonight Show producer, called to tell me that at the NBC-TV Los Angeles office alone, they’d received 102 phone calls following the broadcast, every one of them asking how to contact the Filipino “psychic surgeons”! The simple message hadn’t gotten through, evidently.