James Randi debunks Magnet Man

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/06/james-randi-debunks-magnet-man.html

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If you’re interested in Randi, check out “An Honest Liar”. Good documentary.

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I’ll bet it was ferromagnetic talcum.

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I saw Mr. Randi speak at Ohio State as a freshman in 2000. It was really a lightbulb moment in my life. I can’t overstate the impact his speech made on a young and naive Phart. We need more people out there going around and telling people how to use their brains.

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I love this guy. And Korean Japanese audiences.

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“Talc! My only weakness!” ~ Magnet Man

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I was quite the fan of the ol’ randi.org around that time; a shame the archive has been blocked by robots.txt. (I recall badgering them with a rather primitive paper I wrote on astrology when they were running a scholarship competition of some sort.) I was happy when I finally got to see him speak a few years ago, even if he didn’t have much to say that was new to me.

It is staggering to think of the Million Dollar Challenge now. I can scarcely imagine the sheer magnitude of the idiocy with which they were confronted on a daily basis, and it would only be worse if they kept it running now.

As for this video, it feels like such a setup that it’s hard to believe the magnet-man didn’t see it coming.

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Talcum man hates magnet man. They have a fight, talcum man wins, talcum man.

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I’ll bet that guy took a powder soon after!

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I think it’s clear from the video that the powder is a new invention of Mr. Randi. He even plugs a website and 800-# where you can buy it in bulk, for a discount!

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Korean

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고맙습니다 !

D’oh! Thanks!

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Water, fire, air and dirt
Fucking magnets, how do they work?
And I don’t wanna talk to a scientist
Y’all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed.

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Too easy! More ICP on BB!

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One of my friends the other day said I was working on a full James Randi “look” with my winter beard and hair. This makes me happy.
Thank you Mr. Randi for many inspirations.
You are magical.
Debunk that.

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So Magnetic Man is in fact just really sweaty?

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Yes, but he had to disguise it as another power because that niche had already been filled;

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