Riley G (Matthews, Jr.)
Brooklyn, NY zip code deleted
Sunday, April 11, 1999
C/O James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
201 East. Davie Boulevard (S.E. 12th Street)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
APPLICATION FOR STATUS OF
This statement outlines
the rules covering an offer concerning psychic,
supernatural or paranormal claims. Since claims vary
greatly in character and scope, specific rules must be
formulated for each applicant. All applicants must agree
to the rules set forth here before any formal agreement
can be entered into. Applicant will declare agreement by
signing this form where indicated before a notary public
and returning the form to the James Randi Educational
Foundation. Test procedures must be agreed upon by both
parties before any testing will take place. We do not act
as judges nor do we design the protocol independently of
the claimant. All applicants must identify themselves
properly before any discussion takes place. Due to the
large amount of correspondence exchanged on this subject,
applicants must send a stamped, self-addressed envelope,
or in the case of foreign letters, only a self-addressed
envelope. This offer is administered by The James Randi
Educational Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I, James Randi, through the
James Randi Educational Foundation, will pay the sum of
US$1,000,000 (One Million Dollars) to any person or
persons who can 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,
- Applicant must state
clearly in advance, and the applicant 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.
This is the primary, basic, and most important of
Response to item 1: Agreed to and understand. As
per the unsolicited email (See
Exhibit A on page 5) from James Randi, I hereby
accept this unsolicited challenge in the form of
a return email, fax and this notarized document
to James Randi to prove my claims from Exhibit B
(see page 6) and explanation of what will
constitute a demonstration (See
and Mr. James Randis required proof in
Exhibit A (see page 5).
- Only an actual
performance of the stated nature and scope within
the agreed-upon limits, will be accepted.
Anecdotal accounts of previous events are not
accepted or considered. We have no interest in
theories or explanations of how the claimed
powers might work; do not provide us with such
Response to item 2: Agreed to and understand as
per Exhibits A and B of this document.
- Applicant agrees that
all data (photographic, recorded, written, etc.)
of any sort gathered as a result of the testing
may be used freely by JREF in any way Mr. Randi
Response to item 3: Agreed to and understand.
- 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. Mr.
Randi, though present at formal tests, will not
directly interact with the materials used.
Response to item 4: Agreed to and understand.
- The applicant may be
asked and/or required to perform informally
before an appointed representative, if distance
and time dictate that need, for purposes of
determining if the applicant is likely to perform
as promised. This is to eliminate the need for
formal testing in such cases. There is no limit
on the number of times an applicant may re-apply.
Response to item 5: Agreed to and understand.
- All expenses such as
transportation, accommodation and/or other costs
incurred by the applicant/claimant in pursuing
the reward, are the sole responsibility of the
Response to item 6: Agreed to and understand.
- When entering into this
challenge, applicant 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. However, this rule in no way affects
the awarding of the prize.
Response to item 7: Agreed to and understand.
- At the formal test, an
independent person will be placed in charge of a
personal check from James Randi for US$10,000. In
the event that the claimant is successful under
the agreed terms and conditions, that check shall
be immediately surrendered to the claimant, and
within ten days the James Randi Educational
Foundation will pay to the claimant the remainder
of the reward (total US$1,000,000 as of June,
1998). One million dollars in negotiable bonds is
held by Goldman Sachs, New York, in the
"James Randi Educational Foundation Prize
Account," as surety for the prize funds.
Validation of this account and its current status
may be obtained by contacting the Foundation at:
1-954-467-1112, fax 1-954-467-1660.
Response to item 8: Agreed to and understand.
- Copies of this present
document are available free of charge to any
person who sends the required self-addressed
envelope requesting it, or can be downloaded from
Response to item 9: Agreed to and understand.
- This offer is made by
James Randi through the JREF, 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 the total in certain
circumstances, and the implementation and
management of the challenge will be carried out
by James Randi via the James Randi Educational
Foundation. JREF will not entertain any demand
that the prize money be deposited in escrow,
displayed in cash, or otherwise produced in
advance of the test being performed. JREF will
not cater to such vanities.
Response to item 10: Agreed to and understand.
- This offer is open to
any and all persons, in any part of the world,
regardless of gender, race, educational
background, etc., and will continue in effect
until the prize is awarded. Upon the death of
James Randi, the administration of the prize will
pass into other hands, and it is intended that it
continue in force.
Response to item 11: Agreed to and understand.
- EVERY APPLICANT MUST
AGREE UPON WHAT WILL CONSTITUTE A CONCLUSION
THAT, ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL TEST, HE OR
SHE DID OR DID NOT DEMONSTRATE THE CLAIMED
ABILITY OR POWER.
Response to item 12: Agreed to and understand.
- Please accompany this
notarized form with a brief two-paragraph
description of what will constitute the
Response to item 13: Agreed to and understand.
Please accompany this
notarized form with a brief 2 paragraph description of
what will constitute the demonstration.
will consist of my proving the allegations from
Exhibit B of this Document and from James
Randis unsolicited email in Exhibit A.
I, Riley G (Matthews)
intend to prove that James Randi, a scheduled guest
of a TV or Radio program did in fact hang up on at
least one TV or Radio host of a live broadcast within
30 seconds to 1 minute after being introduced by said
host or hosts.
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999
From: James Randi JamesRandi@compuserve.com
Subject: New Challenge to Randi...2
Sender: James Randi JamesRandi@compuserve.com
To: Riley G <Riley.G>
How about the
million-dollar prize for proof that this ever
Riley, you continue to
amaze me, making stupid, wrong, juvenile statements
just to see your name on a screen.
Your latest blather
"I just love it when he has
radio interviews lined up, and that he agreed to, but
hangs up on the hosts after about 30 seconds into the
Prove it. Collect the
I hear nothing but
crickets.... As usual.
From: Riley G Riley.G
Subject: New Challenge to Randi...2
Cc: Dan Kettler <email@example.com>, John Benneth
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Art Bell
MikeCombs@aol.com, email@example.com, JohnLSwope@aol.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, American Way Magazine
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bob Circosta
<email@example.com>, David Talbott
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Jacob I.
Mirman" <email@example.com>, Maggie
Ragaisus <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Medicine Quantale
Peter Noble <email@example.com>, Rolland Conte
<Rolland_Conte@compuserve.com>, Teena Taino
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Charles Dumbrell
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lyn
And speaking of the
gutless wonder James Randi again.
I just love it when he
has radio interviews lined up, and that he agreed to,
but hangs up on the hosts after about 30 seconds into
the broadcasts. Yes, Randi is a true professional
GUTLESS WONDER with little or any legit talents in
the entertainment world.