Ladies And Gentlemen, James Randi Show You The Evidence, You Make Up Your Own Mind

“No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived,”  — James Randi

Woohoo Finally, I’ve got to see James Randi’s An Honest Liar. It was a documentary of life and career of the world-famous magician (also known as The Amazing Randi) and skeptic of the “superstitious woo” such as psychic powers, psychic surgery, faith healing, Paranormal, crystal healers, dowsing, fake channeling, Aura reading, and etc. across the world.

They typically have one thing in common; they’re scammers. In other words, they are manipulative human beings who want money from the gullible people. He exposed those elaborate hoaxes of these scammers on television over many years. He showed how people got duped with just a slide of hands and illusions.

Philippine: Psychic surgery

If you read Carl Sagan’s book – Demon haunted world. The “Physic surgery” that became famous in the Philippines was mentioned there. Yes, I saw this “psychic surgery” on the telly when I was young. As a kid, I for one believe it. And was transfixed on how it was done. Imagine you can have a surgery without them cutting your skin and they eventually perform a surgery and pulled your guts with their bare hands. Many people actually buying this bullshit. Vulnerable and desperate people who wanted help to cure their diseases. They are willing to pay without questioning the real medical benefits from it.

Here’s the clip: 

Remember this classic, guys? hehe

The film also shows Randi’s life when he was a kid. Just like a typical kiddo, Randi was amazed by magic. It had his attention when a man made the woman float in air. By then, he joined the carnival and never went home.

“When I introduced myself as a magician “Good evening my name is the great Randal! I’m a liar, cheater and a charlatan. I will lie to you but for purposes of entertainment only, of course.”

His favorite magician is Houdini. And there was a chapter in the film where Randi also did the stunts on what Houdini was being famous of, a great escape artist. A chapter in his life where he said  this “If the man can make it, I could break it”

On February 7th 1975, an unidentified man (Mr. X) working for a Toronto film company was dangled over the precipice of the Horseshoe Falls at the Table Rock by a crane for five minutes while strapped into a strait jacket.
On February 7th 1975, an unidentified man (Mr. X) working for a Toronto film company was dangled over the precipice of the Horseshoe Falls at the Table Rock by a crane for five minutes while strapped into a strait jacket.
And yep, this was James Randi, his sweet escape!

Not only he wanted to be like him, but It also became his obsession to escape faster than Houdini. And just like Randi, Houdini started out as a magician, escape artist, and debunker, and dedicated his life to keeping people from being duped. Continue reading “Ladies And Gentlemen, James Randi Show You The Evidence, You Make Up Your Own Mind”

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Props to The Maker of This Video – AWESOME!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a song/s in this platform. So here ya go. I’ve always noticed the background songs in the film, especially if they were good. What can I say, I have an ear for the movie soundtracks. Most of the time, I remember the film not because of its particular scene(s), but because of the song being played. It goes without saying that music plays an important role in conveying an emotional attachment from the scene we were watching.

Watching films to relieve stress: definitely works for me. You would find me watching films before hitting the sack. This time, I’ve decided to re-watch the Contact. It was a film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s sci-fi novel, and was considered as one of the most powerful movies of the decade. See for yourself. Nope, not going to review this film, nor I won’t talk about those inspiring scenes. I just want to tell you my top song picked from the movie. When I heard the lyric goes “I want to be a spaceman… hey mother Earth would you bring me back down safety to the sea… ♪♫ I fell in love with the song right off the bat. So I dig on YouTube and Google for the lyrics to fill me up. YouTube never disappoints me and gave me this amazing video. Props to the maker of this video dated Oct.2014 – It was awesome!! And clearly as he/she stated in the video introduction, he had a hard time compiling those footages. So good job, man. Also, thanks as I enjoyed it. CHEERS!

Spaceman – Harry Nilsson

Bang, bang, shoot ’em up, destiny Bang, bang, shoot ’em up to the moon Bang, bang, shoot ’em up one, two, three (One, two, three, four!)

I wanted to be a spaceman That’s what I wanted to be But now that I am a spaceman Nobody cares about me

Hey mother earth Won’tchu bring me back down, safely to the sea? But ’round and around and around and around Is all she ever say to me

I wanted to make a good run I wanted to go to the moon I knew that it had to be fun I told ’em to send me real soon

I wanted to be a spaceman I wanted to be it so bad But now that I am a spaceman I’d rather be back on the pad

Hey mother earth Won’tchu bring me back down, safely to the sea? ‘Round and around and around and around Is just a lot of lunacy (Yeah! Yeah!)

‘Round and around and around and around and around (So bring me back down) ‘Round and around and around and around and around Safe on the ground

Hey mother earth Won’tchu bring me back down, safely to the sea? But ’round and around and around and around Is all she ever say to me, yeah

You know I wanted to be a spaceman That’s what I wanted to be But now that I am a spaceman Nobody cares about me

Say, hey! You mother earth You better bring me back down I’ve taken just as much as I can ‘Round and around and around and around Is the problem of a spaceman

Even Carl was amazed

I’m Sorry For Being Delusional (Again)

There are four scenes that lingered in my mind after watching the last installment of Kenshin last Sept. 24 (Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends).

First: Master Seijūrō Hiko

I am accusing him for being so utterly handsome. And he is guilty of it! Continue reading “I’m Sorry For Being Delusional (Again)”