“Why Magicians Are A Scientist’s Best Friend”

By phoffman April 1, 2012

James Randi’s recent Wired article explores some of the history of using magicians (and proprietors of illusion) in order to expose fakes and frauds – be they scientific, political, economic or otherwise. A choice quote from the article:


Harry Houdini stood on the floor of the U.S. Congress and stridently denounced a variety of hoaxers, flaunting his cash prize for an example of a supernatural feat that would prove him wrong. Magicians like Penn & Teller and others have stepped forward to express their expert opinions concerning expensive and wasteful pursuits of chimeras.

What we need now is to formalize this.

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