The North Texas Skeptics
Paranormal Challenge Instructions
The persons named below ("challengers") will pay the sum of
$6,000.00 to any person ("claimant") who can demonstrate any
psychic or paranormal power or ability under scientifically valid
observing conditions. Prior to any demonstration or test,
challengers and claimant will enter into a complete written
agreement called "the protocol," which will set out what power or
ability is to be demonstrated, how it is to be tested, and what
test results will constitute success or failure. These
instructions and conditions alone are not an offer. No contract
is made with any claimant until the claimant and challengers have
negotiated and entered into the protocol. The protocol must
incorporate the following terms and conditions:
1) Claimant must describe the claimed paranormal or psychic
ability or power clearly and precisely. Claims must be
specific enough to be scientifically testable. Claims must
be clearly psychic or paranormal.
2) Claimant must specifically describe any proposed test
procedures which will be used to demonstrate the paranormal
power. Claimant and challengers must agree to the test
procedures to be used before any tests are performed.
3) Claimant must describe exactly what test results will
constitute success or failure. If success and failure will
be described in terms of statistical results, such results
must be significantly beyond chance expectation.
4) Claimant and challengers will each be responsible for their
respective expenses, such as equipment, travel,
accommodations, consultant fees, or other expenses.
5) In the event that the claimant is successful under the terms
and conditions of the protocol, challengers will immediately
deliver to claimant or claimant's designee the sum of
$6,000.00 in full settlement of all claims.
6) Claimant and challengers waive all claims, damages, and
causes of action against each other arising out of the
challenge, for any injuries or damages of every kind,
whether to person, property or reputation.
7) All agreements, protocols, correspondence, data, audio or
video recordings, photographs or results made or obtained by
either party during the challenge or negotiations leading up
to the challenge may be used by the party in any way he or
she may choose, including publication, and challengers and
claimant both waive all rights to such information.
8) This offer is made by the challengers personally and not on
behalf of The North Texas Skeptics or any other agency or
organization, although others may be involved in the
examination of claims.
After challengers have received claimant's offer to demonstrate a
claimed psychic or paranormal ability or power, challengers will
promptly enter into negotiations with claimant and attempt to
arrive at a written protocol satisfactory to both parties.
Neither claimant nor challengers shall have any right of action
or damages against the other for failure to enter into the
protocol or for failure to conduct any test or demonstration.
Dated: March 19, 1992
John F. Blanton Michael T. John A. Thomas
Carrollton, Texas Sullivan Grand Prairie,
Carrollton, Texas Texas
For more information, please contact:
: Mike Sullivan
: c/o North Texas Skeptics
: Box 111794
: Carrollton TX 75011
Phone : 214-492-8998
Fax : 214-492-1571
CompuServe : 70205,1152