“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.