David Hochman
June 13, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult And Supernatural

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
James Randi
genre
Nonfiction, Occult and Paranormal

We gave it a B

The irascible James Randi, a onetime MacArthur ”Genius” award winner and professional magician, takes on thousands of years of cranks, fakes, charlatans, and wizards. An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural is less a scholarly text than a diatribe against the dubious, from the abominable snowman to zombies. Whether he’s pooh-poohing the spoon-bending tricks of Uri Geller or lifting the curtain on ”UFO-formed” crop circles (”a schoolboy stunt,” he calls them), Randi never lets you forget that if something seems too weird to believe, it probably is. B

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