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(Cracked)   We can pretty much all agree on Harry Houdini being a badass, but how badass was he?   ( divider line
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2013-02-04 02:35:25 AM  
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blue_2501: TimeCubeFan: He was the original James Randi, and I am a fan of both.


The problem with James Randi is that he's as fanatical that he's right about everything as some of the people he tries to de-fraud. It's like the difference between an agnostic and an atheist. An agnostic doesn't believe in anything either way. An atheist BELIEVES that no gods exist, just as strongly as a theist believes that a god does exist. You have to be open-minded as a scientist, but also accept the facts as they stand.

His handling of Gary Schwartz' Afterlife Experiments seemed to showcase this pretty well, and that whole "$1 Million Challenge" was just f'king stupid. Nobody is going to willingly walk into a biased trap like that. Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of cold reader frauds out there, but the (potentially) real mediums deserve some further experimentation and study. You can't tell me that multiple mediums giving out exceptional details for ten minutes in a double-blind experiment before the medium even hears anything about/from the person isn't an astounding set of data that deserves more attention.

Butthurt much, cultist?
2013-02-03 05:37:45 PM  
1 vote:
Pffft.I once saw David Copperfield pull Siegfried outta Roy.
2013-02-03 04:57:13 PM  
1 vote:

Last Man on Earth: I know it's only a list of three, but it still fails when it doesn't mention his work kicking the asses of mediums and similar frauds.  Dude got pissed about them after his mother died.

Supposedly true story. The wife if Arthur Conan Doyle wanted to prove to Houdini that she was a gifted medium and could summon the summon the spirit of his dead mother. For the sake of his friendship with Arthur, he indulged her and participated in a seance. It lasted until Mrs Doyle stated channeling dead Momma Houdini, speaking to him from beyond the grave. Houdini angrily announced that his German mother didn't speak a word of English and stormed out.
2013-02-03 04:21:34 PM  
1 vote:
houdini sucked dick before it was gay to do so
2013-02-03 04:01:31 PM  
1 vote:
Houdini was Chuck Norris before Chuck Norris was Chuck Norris

/Chuck Norris
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