VICTOR ZAMMIT CROSS-EXAMINES SKEPTIC James RANDI
(This is a continuation from part
would be fairly close to a real cross-examination- the information
is taken from what closed-minded materialist J.Zwingi Randi
has ALREADY ACCEPTED and IMPLIED. Some very minor flexibility
and embellishment consistent with Zwingi Randi’s beliefs
and record have been used for easier reading and understanding
of the script. Randi's beliefs have not been misrepresented.
Words in caps are there for emphasis - very important
Victor: Do you remember American
celebrity Don Lane interviewing you on his Australian television
show in Sydney?
Randi: I don’t remember…
Victor: You don’t? Let me
briefly remind you. That was when Don Lane was asking you
about your skepticism and the aggressive attacks you made
on medium Doris Stokes. At one time you were seen by the
television viewers sitting on a chair near Don Lane trying
to secretly bend a key on the edge of the chair you were
sitting on. Why did you try to CHEAT to use trickery, to
use dishonesty … when Don Lane and millions of viewers
caught you cheating?
Randi: That never happened the way
you described it …
Victor: Never happened eh? With
your permission your Honor I have a video to submit into
evidence marked item 4 to be shown right now. It shows clearly
the defendant was trying to bend the key, using dishonesty,
deception and cheating ….
Randi: OK, OK, OK …You don’t
have to do that … I was trying to show how those who
claim they can bend keys with their mind really do it.
Victor: Answer the question, you
were cheating, right?
Randi: I suppose one could….
Victor: ANSWER THE QUESTION –
YOU WERE CHEATING, YES OR NO?
Randi: Yes ….
Victor: YES WHAT?
Randi: Yes, I was cheating …
that’s how these so called psychics do …
Victor: Have you yourself ever caught
just one psychic in the last forty years cheating the way
you were trying to cheat when millions witnessed it on television?
Randi: No … but it happens
Victor: Why would you say that when
not one psychic ever has been caught cheating the way you
Randi: (Remains quiet …)
Victor: So, you’ve been investigating
the paranormal for over forty years?
Randi: Yes, something like that
Victor: And you never ever found
any evidence for the paranormal or the afterlife?
Randi: No, never …
Victor: And you are on record for
stating that all so-called mediumship can be accounted for
by cold reading … right?
Victor: Are you aware that materializations
are the greatest proof for the afterlife …
Randi: I don’t believe that
Victor: Have you ever empirically
Randi: There’s nothing to
investigate … they’re all frauds …
Victor: So, your answer is NO?
Randi: No …
Victor: How do you know they’re
all fraud if you have never investigated materializations?
Randi: Simply because the afterlife
does not exist …
Victor: You do not think that materialization
mediumship is really contacting those from the afterlife
Randi: Absolutely NOT!
Victor: What’s your evidence
Randi: It’s all cold reading
… that’s my evidence …
Victor: What do you mean by cold
Randi: This is when the psychic
asks questions and gets the information through trick questions
and body language … Cold readers commonly employ high
probability guesses about the subject …
Victor: So this means that the coldreader
has to be able to see the sitter...
Randi: Yes, absolutely ….
Victor: But how can this happen
when a materialization medium is tied and gagged BEHIND
A CURTAIN in the dark? He can’t see anyone.
Randi: (Hesitating …) They
collude with others …
Victor: When independent scientists
investigated materialization it was IMPOSSIBLE for the medium
to collude… those present were all scientists, security
people experts in fraud detection and selected observers
… are you calling these scientists, security people
and other professionals all frauds?
Randi: Can’t you see …
if there is no afterlife they have to be indulging in fraud
Victor: Fraud? Are you into what
psychology calls ‘PROJECTION’ – projecting
onto others what you do when YOU YOURSELF do testing yourself
Randi: (Does not answer)
Victor: And yes, you were convinced
that everything is cold reading … did you not try
to do a demonstration of cold reading for Fulcrum TV - in
London – a television pilot called THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE?
Randi: I don’t remember …
Victor: This was another one of
YOUR HOAXES, remember?
Randi: NO, I don’t remember
the details ..
Victor: My what a SELECTIVE memory
you have! Of course you don’t remember, you tried
to CHEAT, you tried to collude with those materialist producers,
you were trying to be DISHONEST…But you were so bad
trying to pretend to be a gifted professional medium that
the audience very loudly booed you off the stage…
Randi: I was not booed off …
Victor: That’s what the record
shows … And did not those materialist producers who
conspired with you state they were very embarrassed and
they were cutting all the ridiculous cold-reading idiocy
exhibited by you from the show?
Randi: I don’t remember …
Victor: Of course not … Given
your conduct and your crusades against the paranormal –
and given the fact that there are now more people in the
world who accept the paranormal and the afterlife than at
any other time in history, don’t you think in fact
that by your conniving, and your hoaxes you are successfully
converting more people to the extreme opposite beliefs you
Randi: I deny that …
Victor: OF COURSE YOU DO!!
Victor: Let’s move on …
you are on record for publicly stating that you can duplicate
anything a psychic can do… Do you still hold that
Randi: Yes ….
Victor: Ever heard of psychic medium
Randi: NO …
Victor: She won the best American
psychic a couple of years ago and why is it that people
such as yourself run interstate in great panic when she
comes to town?
Randi: I don’t do that …
Victor: Does not your failure to
deal with Michelle Whitedove show that you just cannot duplicate
the brilliant demonstration she performed for millions of
viewers around the world?
Randi: (Hesitating) … What
did she do?
Victor: Why is it that everybody
else seems to know what she did except you --- does she
scare you that much?
Randi: No she doesn’t …
Victor: Since you boasted you could
DUPLICATE anything a psychic can do, all you have to do
is to do what Michelle Whitedove did, find a buried stuntman
in a 12 acre area of near desert land within 29 minutes
– CAN YOU DO THAT, YES OR NO?
Randi: No …. I think whoever
televised her was fraudulent …
Victor: Always projecting what you
have in your own mind again Randi?
Randi: Naaaaah ……
Victor: She had during the psychic
test one most fundamental, most precious thing YOU REFUSE
to have in your HOAX challenge … TRULY INDEPENDENT
ADJUDICATORS… again, will you do what the psychic
Michelle Whitedove did and allow, with joint approval, truly
independent adjudicators for your challenge?
Randi: Absolutely NOT ….
Victor: You conceded YOU CANNOT
DO WHAT THIS BRILLIANT PSYCHIC CAN DO even with independent
experts conducting the experiment … you only try to
ridicule and bully the very weak psychics. You do not even
try to take on the $500,000 challenge to duplicate her psychic
performance. What’s the matter with you, don’t
you have the moral courage and the fortitude to take on
the challenge to show the world you’re right?
Randi: Does not answer …
Victor: Or is it that you are really
scared out of your wits you make a fool of yourself as you
did in your hoax at Fulcrum?
Randi: No I’m not scared ….
Victor: So you keep on saying ..