There’s a Reason They Call Him “Amazing”

The Miami Herald‘s Glenn Garvin had a wonderful profile of James Randi in yesterday’s paper:

Hesitantly, I wondered aloud whether what the mediums were doing was really so bad, if it wasn’t simply bargain-basement psychological counseling. Letting heartbroken children think that the spirits of their dead parents live on and are happy, in return for a few dollars? Helping them let go and move on, is that so wrong?

“It’s wrong because it’s never just a few dollars, they’ll continue to spend money,” insisted Randi. “They’ll want to know more, talk more. But the message will never get beyond ‘I’m here and I’m fine.’ If you ask mom’s spirit a question like, ‘Where did you leave the will?’ you’ll never get an answer like ‘It’s behind the kitchen cabinet.’ Instead, it’ll be ‘Oh, golly, honey, I have to go now.’ Because the medium can’t answer it…