interview with the amazing randi

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Recommended: Interview with Randi on The Nerdist podcast. The interview begins about five minutes into the podcast.

If you’ve seen the film, An Honest Liar, or if you haven’t, you’ll still find this a fascinating listen. He speaks a bit about some of the personal material in the film, Johnny
Carson, and many other items of interest.

One thing I learned from this interview — the phrase “warts and all” is alleged to have come from British statesmen Oliver Cromwell. He is said to have given orders to his portrait artist to include his warts and all.

Randi at 86 is sharp as a tack; sharper than me in my youthful current age. A few of his quips:

“I’m doing well. I’m following the diet my doctor gave me: ‘If it tastes good, spit it out.'”

Talking about the cane he carries with him now (see image below), he said, “I use this to defend myself if I’m attacked. That way I can tell the police to look for the guy with the reverse impression of a skull on his head.”

randi

the light supply

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The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence … can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Stanley Kubrick

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