An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural 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… Nonfiction Occult and Paranormal
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An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: James Randi; Genres: Nonfiction, Occult and Paranormal

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

Originally posted Jun 13, 1997 Published in issue #383 Jun 13, 1997 Order article reprints