Storyville - Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds

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Storyville - Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds

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Showing on BBC Four, 2nd November 2014 at 9:00pm

Storyville
Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds


(1 hour, 25 minutes)
Renowned magician James 'The Amazing' Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When he began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists, he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses.

This entertaining film chronicles Randi's best debunkings of faith healers, fortune tellers and psychics. It documents his rivalry with famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, whom Randi eventually foiled on a high-profile television appearance. Another target was evangelist Peter Popoff, whose tent-show miracles and audience mind-reading were exposed as chicanery when Randi revealed a recording of Popoff's wife feeding him information through a radio-transmitter earpiece.

In telling Randi's strange, funny and fascinating life story, the film shows how we are all vulnerable to deception - even, in a surprising twist, 'The Amazing' Randi himself.
It will also be available on BBC iPlayer for a time afterwards.
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Goody - something to watch while OH watches Downton...
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Thanks for the notice Ketchup. I'll be watching that one!
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Just finished watching. Be fascinated to hear what others thought.

No doubt the issue of his relationship issues will be used against him, however unfairly.

Odd that the Million Dollar Challenge did not get a mention.

Interesting to see Geller coming so close to admitting his con. Almost but not quite.
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The latter part about his relationship sort of defocussed the programme for me. And for all of his years of exposing frauds, they are still raking in the money. Geller now flogging jewellery on QVC?

Oh, he's not a "psychic", he's a "mystifier". :rofl
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Enjoyed the programme.

I hadn't seen Randi much previously to this - I only knew of him through what I had read.

He was more the showman than I had realised - I only knew of his 'little bearded old man' image.

Interesting how he was slated in some quarters for his debunking work.

The latter part of the programme was a bit of a departure but very touching. I'm glad they included it.

I think I will watch it again.
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For anyone that missed it, you can watch the programme again HERE

(Available for 29 days from today)
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