All is solved....!

James Randi --- Wizard (
Sat, 1 Aug 1998 23:31:45 -0400 (EDT)

Just when we were perhaps beginning to despair about peace-on-Earth,
comes this assurance that all will be well in just two weeks. Whew!
What a relief!

Yes, friends, on August 15th, at 2 pm GMT, the "Starseed" groups all
over the world will give out a minute of silent prayer to bring about
world peace. This is being coordinated by the Seed of Life
Foundation and the Brahma Kumaris (?) and is in celebration of "the
birth of Krishna and the coming together of the Christ consciousness."
We're assured that a "vision of world peace will dawn in the heart of
human beings" right at that moment.

You see, it all started last autumn when the unsinkable Uri Geller
(remember him?) gave a demonstration at the Royal Albert Hall in
London, and brought back the sprouting-seed number. It's a
crowd-pleaser, indeed

I do this trick by having some radish or mustard seeds poured into the
hand of a spectator, then I reveal that one or two of the seeds are
sprouted, and I gradually move away the other seeds so that one sprout
seems to develop. It's an old trick, mentioned in a similar form by
Madame Blavatsky when she visited India. Mr. Geller, however, does
his demonstration by genuine supernatural means, he tells us. To me,
that seems to be the hard way. By simply moistening the seeds about 8
hours earlier, you can get them to sprout, and then poke them about
until you've talked the audience into believing that they sprouted
there and then. It's pretty easy, by trickery. But I'm sure that the
real miracle requires clean living and great devotion.

In any case, all sorts of devout folks will be begging some deity or
other to bring about world peace on August 15th. I suspect, having
lived through many, many, of these events, that warring religious
factions will not even notice this event, will continue to slaughter
one another in the true spirit of vengeance and racial purity, and
blood will flow at about the same rate.

I hope I'm wrong, but I think I'm right. We'll see. As always, I'm
willing to be shown. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi promised us all this,
decades ago, but he hasn't even been able to get his "Vedaland"
amusement park built, though hundreds of people all over the world
have invested millions in that scheme. And, come to think of it,
former magician Doug Henning still hasn't managed to levitate himself,
a miracle he promised to show me decades ago. The Maharishi was
giving him personal lessons, too. . E . !

Next week, the Media, Myth, and Magic conference. Hope to see many of
you there. You can still call 1-888-USA-JREF toll-free to make
reservations and get the great hotel rates....


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