Will the Top Skeptic "Amazing Randi"
Be Federally Indicted in Florida?
Opinion by Consumer Advocate
October 23rd, 2011
It's looking good for that.
Hooray. I'll explain below.
I have absolutely no use for the group
that describes themselves as "Skeptics."
The group, made up, I believe, of life's
flotsam and jetsam, inhabits the
internet after a minimal training at
some skeptic conference teaching them
how to be even nastier, sleazier, human
beings than they were before they found
the organized clutter based out of
Amherst, New York. This group is
reinforced by a five foot tall moron who
calls himself "The Amazing Randi."
Randi, in his megalomania, has actually,
magically I guess, created himself as an
arbiter of all things, even publicly
offering the occasional "Million Dollar
Challenge," setting up (laugh here)
parameters in his challenge which allow
him, and him alone, to change those
parameters as he goes along,
eliminating, of course, the possibility
of anyone being able to collect on the
so-called million. Don't be
surprised - this gambit is a cornerstone
of this form of skepticism.
More, Randi, astoundingly, actually
found someone to fund, and help him set
up (get ready to choke with laughter)
the "James Randi Educational Foundation
(JREF)". Before you laugh too
loudly I want you to take a look at an
attached document called an Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990.
JREF reported, in 2010, a total income
of $999,971.00 and a Total Asset claim
of $1,736,101. Click
here to see the available JREF Form
Under the JREF Form 990 Summary Section
- Box One, asking for the organization's
mission, JREF answers "To promote
critical thinking and investigate claims
of the paranormal."
All of the Form 990 for JREF is not
available to the public. One
section called the Form Schedule B, a
list of, with addresses and amounts, of
contributors who individually contribute
over $5,000 is not there. So,
recently, I sent an email to James Randi
been busy, or I would have contacted you
before. But, now that I have you -
could you send me a copy of your JREF
IRS Form 990 Schedule B for calendar
years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2010? That info would be helpful for my
series on you. We've discussed the
issue of your funding sources before, as
I recall (something to do with Stephen
Barrett needing money)."
Randi was rude in his response to my
polite inquiry. He said:
""Timmie": It's difficult to believe
that you - whoever you are - can be so
deluded... But I've dealt with woo-woos
before, so I shouldn't be surprised. Be
sure to scan the index of my next book.
You won't be there..."
Why would I want to see his Form 990
Schedule Bs for five years?
Well (raise your eyebrows here), JREF
took in $368,445 in ANONYMOUS
contributions in 2010. Huh?
Multiply that by the six years I was
asking for and we get a total of
$2,216,670, allegedly, "To promote
critical thinking and investigate claims
of the paranormal?"
Who in the world would give a
basically uneducated mini-twerp like James Randi
$2,216,670 to promote critical thinking or
investigate the paranormal? Or for any reason?
More, Randi takes a $195,000, per year, salary out
of this organization.
Now you see why I want to see
those Schedule Bs. What's REALLY going on
gets BETTER, and BETTER...
The Center For Inquiry, Inc
(CFI), based in Amherst, New York shows on their
Form 990 that they took in $5,242,304 in Total 2009
Income, and they had, that year, Total Assets of
$3,017,144. Their Schedule B ANONYMOUS
contributions totaled $2,318,652.
More, CFI claimed that they
received, in 2009, in addition to their anonymous
contributions, a so-called "Management Fee Income"
of $2,458,156. What do you suppose they
managed? And who paid them to manage it?
Maybe they manage Wikipedia health care articles?
How about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) bringing
Stephen Barrett's, articles to the first page of
All of this income, they claim
on their form 990 Mission line is for the purpose of
"Held world congress and training session,
conducted seminars, and secured grant for library
Note that they never said what
the "world congress" was for, what the "training
sessions" trained people to do, what the "conducted
seminars" were for, nor mentioned what "the library"
More - and you are going to
love this part - I found more than one CFI
non-profit corporation based at the same New York
address. I found, in addition to CFI, the
For Inquiry Development Fund," and the "Center
For Inquiry Holding Corporation." You can
look at sample of their Form 990's by clicking on
their blue-highlighted name. In short, the
Amherst operation apparently brings in about seven
million dollars a year.
Pretty good take in for
"skepticism" don't you think? Or is there
something else going on here?
(Start to smile even more)
Then I found a few more "Center For Inquiry"
separate non-profit corporations not based in New
York, but in North Carolina. At first I though
they might not be related, but then I looked closer.
Reading the Form 990's for the "Center
For Inquiry - Based learning Inc." I found (and
I do not believe in coincidence) that it is based in
Durham, North Carolina just a few miles from where
Stephen Barrett, of quackwatch.com infamy relocated
a few years ago. Hmmm.... Their claimed
"CIBL exists to foster, support, and
promote the teaching of science in North Carolina to
increase the proportion of students who exceed state
and national standards CIBL helps teachers prepare
students to think as scientists critically,
creatively, and independently."
Then I found
for Inquiry Inc.. Dba Cape Fear Center for Inquiry
Inc.. " a charter school primarily funded by
government grant but, (and I do not believe in coincidence) is
just a few miles, also, from Stephen Barrett's new
residence in North Carolina. More, the
Executive Director's name is "Lori C. Barrett."
suppose they get their textbooks from the Amherst,
New York "library?"
overview this situation by clicking
interesting thing on this connection. Someone,
who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, had
Stephen Barrett at his North Carolina residence
recently. It seems that Barrett had an article
this person didn't like on one of his websites.
This person provided me with some unexpected
information. Unexpected, because, after all,
Barrett claims that he hasn't worked as an MD since
1993. The info? Barrett's home in
Pittsboro, North Carolina, a 4,365 square foot
house, with a basement under it of the same size, is
valued, currently at $813,960.00.
Account Details for
BARRETT STEPHEN BARRETT
BARRETT JUDITH N
287 FEARRINGTON POST
Parcel ID No.
9774 02 77 7822
107 - NORTH CHATHAM
Land Use Code/Desc
1188 / 0526
2003 / 0057
FITCH CREATIONS INC
Sold Amount $
- Land and
Assessed Value $
But let's get
back to the "Amazing Randi..."
I have already done
two articles on this subject. You can
refresh your memory of those by going up
to the box on the right top of this
article and clicking on each of the
titles. The information below is a
follow up on those two, so to speak.
James Randi had sent me an
email indicating he was upset with my articles so
far. I responded with:
take it the Federal Investigators in
investigation are alarming you with
questions related to my articles,
right? Have a nice day..."
Well, it looks to
me like that's exactly what happened,
and more. It looks like the
Broward County Sun-Sentinel followed the
same trail. In my first article "US
Federal Agents Arrest Top "Skeptic..."
I had said:
There's one more video you might want to
watch. James Randi has bragged
about it for years. In it he brags
that he, James Randi, "made" Jose Luis
Alverez, when he was still a teenager,
using him in his stage acts, and making
him into "Carlos." I think that
the Federal Prosecutors, and the Grand
Jury that indicted the man who claims to
be Jose Luis Alvarez, need to see this
Maybe new charges would be filed -
something like "conspiring to..."
or "aiding and abetting..."
against James Randi? Click
The Broward County
Sun-Sentinel has done three SUPERB
articles on this subject. You will
find links to the one called
Florida artist Jose Alvarez accused
of identity theft"
and the other
'"The Amazing' Randi, renowned
supernatural investigator, immersed
in mystery about partner's alleged
ID theft." by
clicking on the titles.
Click on the third
"Jailed mystery artist? He once was 'Amazing'
Randi's assistant – under a different name."
Below I will give you some
"Before artist Jose Alvarez traveled
the world with famed magician and
professional skeptic James "The Amazing"
Randi, he was Deyvi Pena, a young man
Venezuela with a student visa to
study at the Art Institute of
Mystery has shrouded Alvarez's true
identity since he was arrested under the
name "John Doe" at Randi's Plantation
home on Sept. 8. The legal predicament
swirling around Alvarez also raised
questions in skeptic circles and beyond:
How much is known by Randi, whose very
reputation as a truth-seeker may now be
...Because authorities consider Alvarez to be a man
without identity, he has been held for weeks without
bond in the Broward Main Jail.
Alvarez is accused of obtaining the fraudulent
passport before he and Randi traveled to the Sydney
Opera House in Australia in early 1988 to pull off
the "Carlos" hoax. Onstage, Alvarez pretended to
channel the spirit of an ancient seer in contact
with other worlds.
Afterward, Randi and Alvarez revealed it was all a
charade designed to show how easily people could be
duped by false mystics and psychics. Randi has
capitalized on the "Carlos" performances to further
his legacy as a debunker of those who profess to
have paranormal powers...
..Randi won a $272,000
MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 1986, and
one of the first things he did with the money was
hire an assistant – Pena.
A reporter profiling Randi for the
Toronto Star caught up with the magician at
LaGuardia Airport in New York in August 1986:
"A few feet behind him, David Pena, a young man of
about 20, struggles with three large suitcases," the
...Last week, Randi called Saje out of the blue and
asked him to speak to Alvarez's attorneys.
"He did not try to tell me what to say," Saje said,
adding that Randi told him, "Tell them what you
know, let it come out. This thing is a big enough
mess. We don't need other people in trouble.'"...
...Among Randi's New Jersey-New York circle of
friends in the mid-'80s was Kenneth Hari, an artist
and portraitist. He, too, identified the photograph
of "Carlos" as the man he knew as David Pena. He
remembers Pena telling him he needed to find a new
"He did not have legal identification," Hari
Alvarez, or "John Doe" as he is known in federal
court papers, is charged with making a false
statement to renew his passport in 2008, which is
punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also is
charged with aggravated identity theft, which
automatically tacks two years onto any other prison
If Alvarez strikes a plea agreement (to reveal
Randi's role?), prosecutors likely wouldn't seek
a lengthy sentence. If Alvarez is in this country
illegally, he could face deportation.
It turns out that the man we've
called "what's-his-name," Randi's live-in-lover,
arrested September 8th, 2011, at the home he shared
with James Randi in Paradise, Florida, on charges of
Federal "Identity Theft" was actually, at one time,
employed by Randi under the name David (Deyvi) Pena.
Could James Randi be the next
to be indicted? Cross your fingers...
Tim Bolen - Consumer