To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The ABC-TV program Date: Thu, 2 May 1996 03:2

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The ABC-TV program Date: Thu, 2 May 1996 03:24:15 -0400 Well, well, well! The reaction and responses to the "Put to the Test II" show were hot and heavy! I got a load of mail on it, with really excellent remarks and observations. Let me suggest that a proper test of the "police psychic" would have been to have her work one of the three cases, chosen at random, without anyone present who knew the answers to prompt her -- which was so obviously the case here -- and then ask an independent panel to decide which of the three cases she was talking about. That would require that clues in her "reading" identifying anything, be removed. It wasn't too tough to figure out that "Josephine" with a hearing aid was an elderly woman, nor that there was some sort of a slant to the roof of the house. It was appalling what the TV hosts oohed and aahed at. And that drawing looked more like Queen Victoria than the convicted killer. Amazing. As for the Russian "doctor," I'd suggest that 5 men of roughly similar age be placed in that room, that one of them be chosen at random as the subject, and the first name and age be given to the "psychic," and not identified to anyone but him. After his "reading," all the items would be presented to all the subjects and the "experts" who sat in, to decide which of the five persons was the chosen subject.... But ABC doesn't know much about conducting a proper test -- or doesn't want to know. And, Noreen, how about a REAL test of your abilities? There's now $624,000 waiting here for you, just for ONE test that works....! Hmmmmm. Not interested..... 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: randi-hotline-request@ssr.com 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: randi-hotline@ssr.com 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: http://www.mindspring.com/~anson/randi-hotline/ Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: ftp.netcom.com directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline ftp.ssr.com: directory: /Randi Please try netcom.com first, since ftp.ssr.com is very busy. EUROPE: mercurio.iet.unipi.it directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and unipi.it, respectively. Randi also has a web page - check it out at http://www.sincity.com/randi/randi.html

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