Last year I posted about a ‘work-in-progress’ trailer for the upcoming documentary ‘An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story’. Well, nearly a year later the creative team behind the film — that would include directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom — have started a Kickstarter Campaign in hopes to complete the project over the next year. Here’s a quick synopsis:
An Honest Liar profiles the colorful life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s psychics, faith healers and con artists with religious fervor. But you never know whether to trust a master deceiver – and there’s more to Randi’s life than meets the eye.
Through first person accounts, rare photos and footage, An Honest Liar will chronicle the story of how a curious child rose to the ranks of showman and then advanced to become a renowned demystifier of paranormal claims. The film will tell the inside tales of Randi’s investigations and adventures, including his discovery of the tricks of the faith-healer Peter Popoff and exposure of the techniques of “knife-less surgery”. The film will bring to life such Randi-led schemes as “Project Alpha”, where two magicians pretending to be psychics fooled a scientific research study on paranormal powers, and the famous “Carlos Hoax” in which Randi exposed the gullibility of the public by unleashing a fake mystic upon the people of Australia.
I have high hopes for this film. I’ve always been interested in the intersection of magic and skepticism and have spent quite a bit of time wandering down various YouTube rabbit holes, watching clips of The Amazing Randi confidently debunking claims of supernatural, psychic abilities. Hopefully An Honest Liar gives us some further insight into the relationship between magic and mysticism and Randi’s characteristic brand of critical thinking. The film will feature interviews with Penn and Teller, Richard Dawkins, Bill Nye, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Adam Savage among others. Here’s hoping we get to witness an investigation or two first hand as well.
So, check out the trailer embedded above and head over the film’s Kickstarter page and figure out if there’s a pledge amount that might suit you best. The filmmakers are offering some cool incentives including DVD’s and Blu Ray’s of the finished film and some out-of-print SIGNED copies of some of Randi’s books. NICE.