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Posted by Derren Brown News July 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I was amazed to see that this book only has 3 reviews on Amazon so I decided to start a campaign about it. Out of the 3 reviews one of them is 5 stars – a second is a glowing review but only 3 stars, and the third is just plain weird. It’s an easy read and makes me think of Randi as a sort of Indiana Jones of new age spiritualist debunking.

In this book, Randi explores and exposes what he believes to be the outrageous deception that has been promoted widely in the media. Unafraid to call researchers to account for their failures and impostures, Randi tells us that we have been badly served by scientists who have failed to follow the procedures required by their training and traditions. Here, he shows us how what he views as sloppy research has been followed by rationalisations of evident failures, and we see these errors and misrepresentations clearly pointed out. Mr. Randi provides us with a compelling and convincing document that will certainly startle and enlighten all who read it.

Flim-Flam: The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology and Other Delusions

July 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm
Kate says:

I used to watch James Randi’s telly programme when I was a tiny child and thought he was ace then, although I probably didn’t get half of the show. I tracked down his book a few years ago and it was so ace I bought his Uri Geller one too. It is AMAZING how bewitched America was by Uri G when he appeared on the scene. It’s all fascinating – it seems like a massive sledgehammer to a tiny nut now, but at the time, Uri Geller was really really taken seriously, not visualising chips while eating beetles on I’m a Celebrity. He also talks about Uri Geller on Johnny Carson’s show, and the clip, available on youtube, makes for amusing viewing, especially after you’ve read the Randi. But the book covers lots of magicians’ tricks that I had always been dumbfounded by, psychics’ techniques that are really ropey and irresponsible, and gives you lots of things to tell slightly loopy friends who are taken in by the latter. I would also recommend Flim Flam without hesitation.

July 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Ms G says:

Sounds like a book I would not completely disagree to, contentwise, but I’m sure we would have something to argue about as well. So not a bad book, but I’m not reading that type of books (it would od me in that type of area, it does not drive me).

Regarding the reviews on amazon. From what I’ve seen they are hardly there for any book. It annoys me that they dont put more info on some books in there. Shouldnt they put the whole back text of the book in there?
Or maybe they do now and then, I’m not that much on amazon to be be able to be a judge about their website.

Too bad there are never good books on how to deal with bad parents in the bird world … The good news is that the little chick started feeding itself quite well since I put food in its basket last week and it starts to focus on other stuff than its parents and the plucking mum’s interest is fading fortunately as well.
Ofcourse, many interesting psychological insights here but .. hey .. that’s way too OT (just squeezed this in here as my preprogrammed automated brain pattern forced me to do so …..lack of mind control on Brown’s website … hm … how uncommon ..)

July 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm
tash says:

who,s winning on the portraits reviewing?

July 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm
Sarah says:

Looks like a good read, thanks Phillis!

July 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Maria says:

This is an EXCELLENT book; I read it last year. I’ll stop by and put up a few positive words about it. As an author, I know what it’s like to have mixed reviews on