I'm angry...

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Sun, 11 Feb 1996 21:45:40 -0500


I've just been informed about a scurrilous attack on me that appeared
recently in the Toronto Star newspaper. I'm always surprised at how
easily reporters and editors can be taken in by gossip and print it as
fact. If this article had appeared in the National Enquirer or in
Flash, I'd understand -- though not tolerate -- the libel. But the
Toronto Star is the leading Canadian newspaper, and I would expect at
least a little fact-checking from them. I'm having to pursue legal
actions against them, much as I hate to get involved in any more

Yesterday I met with a TV crew from American Journal who had become
totally convinced that the Quadro Tracker, the pseudo-technical
dowsing stick sold for $955 to school boards and police departments
for locating drugs (!) is "the real thing." However, after meeting
with me and doing some proper double-blind tests, they did a turnabout
and when the show airs tomorrow (Monday) night, you'll see a far
different coverage than they might have given, had they not met me.
Consult your local listing for time and channel.

There were some hilarious quotes from the Quadro officials. One said
that the toy works to find bullets by tuning in on "bullet DNA."
Funny, I didn't know that bullets could reproduce themselves! I don't
think these guys know the difference between DNA and the IRA.... And
they think that a "molecular vibration" is a teeny-weeny bed in a
cheap motel that you put in a quarter to experience.

James Randi


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