To: Subject: Japan.... Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 02:11:10 -05

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Japan.... Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 02:11:10 -0500 Well, after many changes, delays, negotiations and misunderstandings, the encounter in Tokyo with Mai Takahashi is now scheduled for March 25th. I leave tomorrow. We have agreed that no scientists or skeptics will be invited to attend the taping. The producer will not guarantee that any of my input will be used, and Ms. Takahashi will be free to operate as she wishes. In essence, I am attending a magic show. And that's just fine with me. I like a magic show. Whether the producers will do creative editing to skew the results, remains to be seen. This will be a demonstration, nothing more. I expect that I will see the performance of a trick that will succeed under loose conditions, and that will fail under the very minimal controls that I will be allowed to impose. Many of you have expressed dismay that I would be involved in such a production. But consider this: if I'm NOT involved, Takahashi runs away with the prize and I am branded as a coward who dared not test her. If I AM involved, at least I'll be able to state my opinions on the matter and then stand back to see if they get on the program. We'll see, won't we? If I'd had the opportunity to do this when Geller was making his move to become the Psychic Superstar -- and don't forget, he lasted almost twenty years! -- perhaps he would have had to look further for gullible scientists who would endorse him. Of course, all novas fade..... Sayonara.... James Randi ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively. Randi also has a web page - check it out at


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