James Randi is a retired professional magician ("The Amazing Randi"), author, lecturer, and amateur archeologist/astronomer. He is also a leading psychic investigator and skeptic. He hosted the radio series, The Randi Show, and has appeared in numerous documentaries both in the U.S. and abroad. A Granada TV series, James Randi: Psychic Investigator, was shown in the U.K. in 1991. In October 1993 the PBS NOVA program broadcasted a one-hour special titled "Secrets of the Psychics" dealing with Randi's work, particularly with his investigations of Uri Geller.
In 1986, Randi was made a member of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his continuing work in investigating claims of supernatural, occult, and paranormal powers, in particular his exposures of TV evangelists and "psychics." He has received many similar awards, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Randi has written ten books, with two more in process, on "psychics," quack medicine, and other questionable claims. He has also written numerous articles, essays, stories, and book reviews for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Omni, and Time magazine, to name a few.
He is a founding fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. This organization of academics and other experts is devoted to the examination of paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims. In 1996, Randi established the James Randi Educational Foundation dedicated to promoting and teaching critical thinking about paranormal, supernatural, and occult claims.
Randi is the sponsor of an ongoing $10,000 prize for “the performance of any paranormal, occult or supernatural event occurring under proper observing conditions.” For more than 25 years the prize has gone unclaimed and currently amounts to $1,000,000.