The James Randi Foundation. Founded in 1996 by the man himself to promote critical thinking, expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds in the media, and hold media organizations accountable for promoting dangerous nonsense. In addition, JREF provides grants and free teaching modules to educators, awards scholarships, supporsts grassroots skeptics groups, and organizes major conferences including the fantastic annual highlight of The Amazing Meeting (TAM). They also offer a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event.
The Skeptics Society, whose mission is to engage leading experts in investigating the paranormal, fringe science, pseudoscience, and extraordinary claims of all kinds, promote critical thinking, and serve as an educational tool for those seeking a sound scientific viewpoint. Publisher of the quarterly Skeptic Journal, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society is Michael Shermer.
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) – International organization dedicated to promoting science and reason and publishers the Skeptical Inquirer.
The Amazing Meeting – This annual gathering of critical thinkers is an unparalleled opportunity to make like-minded friends, enjoy some of the brightest minds on issues important to us, and leave with tools for spreading a helpful and skeptical message to those who might be hurt by charlatans and unfounded belief. TAM is like a vacation from the nonsense we confront every day, and a time to celebrate skepticism.
Bill Nye the science guy! One of our great science educators who has taken up the cause of fighting for truth and is doing so in a fearless, but always respectful fashion. We’re happy to have him in the film. Also see www.planetary.org
Like Randi, another great mythbuster, educator and skeptic featured in the film. He is a leader in make scientific thinking accessible to everyone in an entertaining way.
A magician featured in the film who holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology and is currently one of only 300 members of The Inner Magic Circle. Maker of fantastic (and immensely popular) youtube videos, author of numerous books, and all-around charming guy.
Jamy Ian Swiss – who goes professionally by the name “The Honest liar.” An acclaimed master of the challenging art of sleight of hand, founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics and contributor to Skeptic magazine, Swiss lectures to scientific, academic and university audiences about deception and the paranormal. He’s a gifted sleight-of-hand artist and entertainer, and according to Penn & Teller, “Jamy Ian Swiss makes one understand what a terrifying art form pure sleight of hand can be. He is James Bond with a deck of cards for a pistol.” We’re honored to have him in the film.
Penn & Teller – masters of intelligent and insightful magic, heavily influenced by Randi and featured in the film.
Alec did the great detective work to discover Peter Popoff’s techniques. He is STILL doing great detective work today at a more impressive and accomplished level – including crime scene analysis, forensic photography, shooting analysis and reconstruction and all kinds of other fun stuff. Plus, he’s an all-around charming guy.