WHY NOBODY CAN WIN THE SKEPTIC'S REWARD - A LAWYER'S PERSPECTIVE
It is my professional view that the existing offer by J. Randi (hereinafter
called the offeror) is impossible to win. Underneath the facade of a
legitimate offer no gifted psychic has a chance of being successful.
Also, I had complaints that applicants were given the run around when
they tried to apply to meet the offeror's challenge. A reasonable conclusion
is that the offeror has no intention of allowing legitimate applicants
to meet the challenge - has no intention of parting with any monies
he is allegedly offering.
A fraudulent offer?
If the complainants are genuine - and as far as I know they are willing
to substantiate their complaint by way of an affidavit - then it is
not unreasonable to say the skeptic's offer is a technically fraudulent
Who Is Conning the American People?
Considering the offer has allegedly been made since 1987 it is most
suspicious that the offerer boasts that nobody has passed the initial
test. Evidence from many parts of the world shows that the evidence
for the afterlife is abundant, proven, definitive and conclusive. Complaints
about the skeptic's offer show that any requests for the challenge are
met with reticence, hostility and refusal to co-operate by the offeror.
Conduct shows that there is something fundamentally wrong with the
offeror's offer - can the offer be construed to be an attempt to fool
the American people? Judge for yourself.
The offerer has unilaterally manipulated the proposed procedure to
suit his own particular set of circumstances. It is only fair, equitable
and reasonable that in any demonstration conditions be conducive for
a psychic to perform without unnecessary encumbrances.
The reward has had a lot of propaganda value for skepticism and the
offerer but it is not only difficult, it is utterly impossible to fulfil
his prescribed most fundamental condition - successful demonstration
of psychic phenomena.
From the psychic's perspective, the offerer physically exudes too much
negativity which interferes with the psychic's powers. The offerer will
cause the experimenter effect. He should not be physically present during
the psychic demonstration. He of course could watch and conduct the
proceedings through closed circuit television.
Minimal changes needed
For a realistic and practical challenge the following minimal conditions
have to be observed:
- the challenge be absolutely and unqualifiedly subject to the jurisdiction
of the courts (some acceptable redrafting of the skeptic's offer would
- the offerer's initial test (before the main psychic demonstration)
be dispensed with in the case of accredited psychics.
- that on successful completion of a psychic demonstration the monies
be handed over to the psychic demonstrator forthwith ie, immediately
after the applicant has fulfilled the fundamental condition of the
- that the offerer not be anywhere where the psychic phenomenon is
being demonstrated. This is because the offeror is technically an
intruding negative extraneous variable and will inevitably make nugatory
otherwise successful psychic tests - he exudes too much negativity
for sensitives to operate properly. The offerer to appoint his agent
acceptable to the applicant. He of course could watch and conduct
the proceedings through closed circuit television.
- that at the time of meeting the challenge the conduct of the agent
be neutral - specifically, no gratuitous aggression, no hostility
or any other socially unacceptable conduct that would be construed
to be an intrusion to the testing. Aggression precipitates negative
vibrations which interferes with optimum psychic activity.
- that the challenger allows agents of the applicants to negotiate
on behalf of the applicant at all times.
- that any envisaged changes to any of the agreed procedures or conditions
be given in advance with 21 days notice in writing.
- that any experimentation be jointly controlled and agreement reached
that there will be absolutely no interference whosoever during the
performance of the psychic.
- that written agreement as to what will constitute a successful demonstration
of psychic phenomenon be made at least three weeks prior to any demonstration.
-- Victor Zammit (May 2001)
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