The first version of the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge was issued by James Randi in 1964, when the magician/skeptic offered $1,000 in prize money. The sum has since grown, as has Randi's reach in support of critical thinking and the debunkment of "psychic" frauds. The challenge stipulates that an applicant must demonstrate evidence of the paranormal or supernatural, under conditions agreed upon by both the James Randi Educational Foundation and the applicant. The applicant's claim also must be able to be judged in an experimental setting.
Prove Your Paranormal Abilities, Get One Million Dollars
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James Randi once escaped from a straitjacket while hanging upside down from a helicopter over Niagara Falls. 02:18
The James Randi Educational Foundation has promised one million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of the paranormal. 05:11
In 1987, James Randi and Jose Alvarez invented a psychic character who became successful despite ample evidence of the deception. 07:18