|Birthname||Randall James Hamilton Zwinge|
|born on||7 August 1928 at 01:20 (= 01:20 AM )|
|Place||Toronto, Ontario (CAN), 43n39, 79w23|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||14°26' 24°46 Asc. 10°24'|
American professional skeptic, a well-known enemy of astrology and of anything in the metaphysical field. Randi built his reputation as a magician and escape artist and was at one time a frequent guest on "Wonderama," a kid’s show on morning TV. Over the years, Randi found more limelight in making a career of debunking all paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. In 1996, the James Randi Education Foundation was established to further his work. Randi's long-standing challenge to psychics as of 2000 is a million-dollar prize administered by the Foundation. It remains unclaimed, as those who have accepted the challenge find that the ground rules change inexplicably when their treatise is submitted.
His books include "The Truth About Uri Geller," "The Faith Healers, Flim-Flam!" and "An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural." His lectures and television appearances have delighted - and vexed - audiences around the world and have garnered awards from those who agree with his premise.
Short, bald and while-haired, Randi, a bachelor, raised one foster son, Alexis (born 1960) from the age of 13. His IQ was tested at 168 when he was age 12.
He died on 20 October 2020, at age 92.
Isaac Starkman on the Astro.com Forum writes "James Randi kindly sent me his birth data: 7 Aug 1928 01.20 am, Toronto." However given Randi's positions, Starkman agrees that the time may be inaccurate. Original entry gave August 27, 1928, 12 PM; rated XX (date in question) with the following source notes: Jayj Jacobs gives date on his website; time unknown
www.randi.org; Mary Downing posted August 7, 1928.
- Traits : Mind : I.Q. high/ Mensa level (Mensa level, tested 168)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (92)
- Vocation : Entertainment : Magic (Pro minor magician)
- Vocation : Occult Fields : Other Occult Fields (Vehemently anti-metaphysical)
- Vocation : Writers : Critic (Pro)