An Introduction To The JREF Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge
As you’ve probably learned from this site, and the sites we link to, there are many different types of scams and woo trying to deprive people of their hard earned money. So, what would a fitting response be for the people who say they posses psychic powers, the ability to magically heal or countless other claims? Prove It!
James Randi and the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) have, for 47 years, said just that, and put their money where their mouth is.
In 1964 James Randi offered $1,000 of his personal money to anyone who could prove their paranormal powers. Once word got out people started donating to the challenge and it grew to $1,000,000. Many celebrities have been rumored to be donors, most notably Johnny Carson.
From 1964 through 2005 over one thousand people have completed the application process. To date, not a single person has passed the preliminary test, proving their ability under controlled and agreed upon conditions.
During a Q&A at The Amaz!ng Meeting 5 in 2007 an audience member asked James Randi to talk about the history of the Million Dollar Challenge: