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Randi's investigations have led him around the world in search of the inside scoop on dowsing devices, homeopathic water, faith healers, QiGong masters and more. Take a peek inside the files of the world's most outspoken investigator of the paranormal, the psychic and the just plain weird.

Isaac Asimov Library Index
The complete library index is accessible to all readers in the "Excel" format, sorted under title (A), author (B), and category (C). There are a total of 2,035 titles to be found here. They run from "Abduction" (9 titles) to "Witchcraft" (36 titles), with much more extensive categories such as "Parapsychology" (212 titles) and "Religion" (211 titles) to be found along the way. We have perhaps the largest collection on the silliest subject – Phrenology – of any library, with 39 very thick and ponderous volumes dealing with bumps-on-the-head matters. Our 59 books on Astrology – as you might expect – give so many different opinions on this ancient claptrap, that they're all different – and all equally useless. Library Index.

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Look Out for SWINDLERS
This excerpt from Modern Mechanix and Invetions magazine is from the 1930's, yet it still holds good advice for detecting frauds and liars. At the JREF, we enounter similar claims every day. PDF File. Read more.
An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural
Created with TshwaneLex, and thanks to my good friend Gilles-Maurice de Schryver and his colleague David Joffe, my "Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural," is available at a click. We've made many corrections, and some additions, as well. The print version is still available here. Read more.
The Cottingley Fairies
In 1917 two innocent-seeming English schoolgirls, 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her 10-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, launched a deception that somehow managed to fool many people over the following years, including the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read more.
The Art of Cold Reading
Cold reading is a technique by which a person in the role of a psychic or medium gives a person information about them that would seemingly be possible only through supernatural means. Unlike a "warm" reading where the person in the role of the medium has acquired information about the subject beforehand, a cold reading is created by offering the subject generalities, guesses and suggestions. The medium can then take this even further by expanding upon these generalities when the subject offers verbal or non-verbal feedback. Read more.
The Matter of Dowsing
Dowsing is the attempt to find buried, hidden, or lost objects through the use of a locator "device" that is said to operate through no means known to science. Any instances where these devices have been proven to function as claimed are also unknown to science. Read more.

One Million Dollar Challenge
One Million Dollar Challenge One Million Dollars awaits the individual that can prove, in a controlled setting, that they have "super" powers. Click here.

Books and Videos for Sale
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