James Randi's Psychic Challenge
Riley G's remarks on why he was turned down TWICE from taking the so called challenge

Here is a copy of the Challenge as it appears on Randi's WWW site. Note that I have highlighted my comments to Randi in RED italic for your viewing:


The Psychic Challenge
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This statement outlines the general rules covering my offer concerning psychic, supernatural or paranormal claims. Since claims will vary greatly in character and scope, specific rules must be formulated for each claimant. However, all claimants must agree to the rules set forth here before any formal agreement is entered into. A claimant will declare agreement by signing this form where indicated before a notary public and returning the form to me. The eventual test procedure must be agreed upon by both parties before any testing procedures will take place. We do not act as a judges. We do not design the protocol independently of the claimant. All claimants must identify themselves properly before any discussion takes place. Due to the large amount of correspondence exchanged on this subject, all correspondence must include a stamped, self- addressed envelope or -- for foreign applicants -- just the self-addressed envelope. The sum offered is constantly being added to. You may contact the Foundation to ask for an update on the current total.
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I, James Randi, will pay the sum of $1,112,000* through the James Randi Educational Foundation to any person or persons who will demonstrate any psychic, supernatural or paranormal ability of any kind under satisfactory observing conditions. Such demonstration must take place under these rules and limitations:

This offer, as of May 1, 1996, is managed and guaranteed by the James Randi Educational Foundation (J.R.E.F.), Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

1.Claimant must state clearly in advance, and claimant and Mr. Randi will agree upon, just what powers or abilities will be demonstrated, the limits of the proposed demonstration (so far as time, location and other variables are concerned) and what will constitute both a positive and a negative result.

2.Only an actual performance of the stated nature and scope within the agreed-upon limits as described in this document, is acceptable.

3.Claimant agrees that all data (such as photographic, recorded, written) of any sort gathered as a result of the testing may be used freely by me in any way Mr. Randi may choose.

Riley G: Wanted the same thing. The use of all gathered data, recordings, written text to be freely used by Riley G Enterprises.

4.Tests will be designed in such a way that no judging procedure is required. Results will be self-evident to any observer, in accordance with the rules which will be agreed upon by all parties in advance of any formal testing procedure taking place. No part of the testing procedure may be changed in any way without the express agreement of all parties concerned.

Riley G: Wanted the test conducted before a live audience of skeptics and public. To act as witnesses to my winning the challenge and Randi's inability to pay the challenge reward.

5.The claimant may be required to perform informally before an appointed representative, if distance and time dictate that need, for purposes of determining if the claimant is likely to perform as promised. * please note rule #8, below.

Riley G: Would not agree as it is a screening process to rule out real from flakes. The flakes are allowed forward and the real psychic's are banned from the challenge.

6.Expenses such as transportation, accommodation or other costs incurred by the claimant are the responsibility of the claimant.

7.When entering into this challenge, claimant surrenders any and all rights to legal action against Mr. Randi, and against the James Randi Educational Foundation, as far as this may be done by established statutes. This applies to injury, accident or any other damage of a physical or emotional nature and/or financial, or professional loss of any kind. This rule in no way affects the awarding of the prize.

8.Prior to the commencement of the formal testing procedure, Mr. Randi will give his check for his share (US$10,000) of the full reward amount into the keeping of an independent person chosen by the claimant. In the event that the claimant is successful under the agreed terms and conditions, the check for US$10,000 shall be immediately surrendered to the claimant by the person holding that check, and the James Randi Educational Foundation will set about notifying the 266 pledgers (who have promised additional funds, bringing the prize amount to $1,112,000 as of March 31, 1997) to forfeit the respective amounts they have promised, to the claimant. However, the total pledged amount will be paid within seven (7) days by the J.R.E.F., and the J.R.E.F. will undertake to obtain the pledged funds from the pledgers. This will facilitate the payment of the full sum to the claimant.

Riley G: What happened to the full amount. Randi is only placing $10,000 up front. I wanted the whole amount in a bank account of Randi's ready to transfer to one of my accounts before the challenge began. Randi claims that he has the money, but I want proof before I win the challenge and then have to sue him and every pledge that fails to pay up.

9.Copies of this document are available free of charge to any person who sends the required stamped, self-addressed envelope requesting it.

10.This offer is made by the James Randi Educational Foundation, and not on behalf of any other person, agency or organization, though others may become involved in the examination of claims, others may add their reward money to mine in certain circumstances, and the implementation and management of the challenge will be carried out by James Randi and/or the James Randi Educational Foundation.

Riley G: Others MAY ADD their reward money to his. So in other words it's still only a $10,000 challenge until all pledges pay up!

11.This offer is open to any and all persons, in any part of the world, regardless of sex, race, educational background, etc., and will continue in effect until the prize is awarded, or until the death of James Randi. The Randi will states that, upon his death, the reward amount will be held in escrow and in charge of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which agency is then empowered to continue the offer for a period of ten years after said demise, after which the reward amount can be used by the Foundation for whatever purpose they desire.

Riley G: How can you pledge other people money after your death. The only amount you can pledge is your $10,000 reward.

12.Every claimant must agree, in advance, on the criteria for determining whether he or she has or has not demonstrated the claimed ability or phenomenon.


Claimant, by signing, notarizing and returning this form, signifies agreement with all of the above rules.
(signed) James Randi
c/o James Randi Educational Foundation
201 S.E. Davie Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1815
USA
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Claimant, by signing, notarizing and returning this form, signifies agreement with the above rules.
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Please be advised that several claimants have suffered great personal embarrassment after failing these tests. I strongly advise you to conduct proper double-blind tests of any ability you believe you can demonstrate, before attempting to undergo a testing for this prize. This has saved me and many claimants much time and work, by showing that the powers were quite imaginary on the part of the would-be claimant. Please do this, and do not choose to ignore the need for such a precaution.

-- James Randi


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