To: Subject: Correction #2.... Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 04:03

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Correction #2.... Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 04:03:46 -0400 That was an ITV, not a BBC-TV production with Sir David and The Divine Geller. I've now been advised that legal consul in the U.K. is warning performers there not to imitate -- in gesture, routine, accent, or any other way -- the supernatural miracles that Geller does. Gee. That's hard. His miracles look so much like the common tricks that we conjurors do. The hesitation ("I don't think I can do this....") the delight ("Look! it bent!") and the innocence ("I really don't know how I did that!") are so much a part of our art, that it would be difficult for us admitted frauds to look unlike Mr. Geller. I'm reminded of what a psychologist said in Buffalo years ago when he was asked by a reporter to comment on the card tricks done by a little girl who fooled Johnny Carson -- for a while. He said, when asked if she were a fake, "Based upon our present observations, it is not possible for us to differentiate between Susy Cottrell and a fraud." Books are coming in as donations to the Foundation library. I'm still looking for any videos that we could use. I have some 400 hours of video, but there are lots of holes in that collection. If you make a copy of a TV program that deals with the subjects we are interested in, please let me know. I'm prepared to copy the tape and reimburse you for the postage. 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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