James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Wed, 12 Apr 1995 22:40:00 -0400

I hope some of you in the USA saw the Front Line two-night series titled,
Divided Memories. It was a perfect example of how to fight nonsense by
simply allowing the crap-artists to look silly with their own words. I'm
sure no one could come away from that program without knowing that the
Recovered Memory act is smply witchcraft revisited. I encourage you all to
write to WGBH (125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134 to express your thoughts
on the show.

Today I was called by the Oprah Winfrey Show and was made an offer to
appear. Again. No thanks. Once was enough. I was sandbagged by the
producer already, being told that no psychics would appear with me, going
all the way out to the location and then finding out, moments before the
show aired, that major "psychics" were appearing, and I had no data on hand
to contradict their pompous and false claims. I'd prepared video and
newspaper material, but left it behind at the hotel when told I'd be without
opposition. It was a blatant, calculated lie, designed to trap me, and I
fell for it. But not again. I'm sure Oprah doesn't need me, and I have no
need of such unethical behavior. There are rules, even though Oprah doesn't
seem to know them.

(You know, the scallywags who intercept this material just love to copy it
and forward it to anyone I bad-mouth, and I can depend upon their zeal to do
just that. They take great delight in "telling" on me, and I throw them
that bone, a bright spot in their otherwise shabby lives. Go to it, guys!)

I'm now shaping up a September tour, to accomodate those in France, Germany,
and Scandinavia who wanted me to visit them in the overbooked May tour. I
hope to also get to the U.K. at that time.

My long-awaited (?) "Encyclopedia of the Claims, Hoaxes & Frauds of the
Occult & Supernatural" will be out in June, officially. In the U.K., it
will be called "The Supernatural, A to Z."

Those of you in the U.S.A. and Canada, tune in tomorrow (Thursday) night to
Letterman to see Penn & Teller.

Best, James Randi.


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