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May 28 2014

“An Honest Liar” Screening and Q&A (presented by the Good Thinking Society)

Film poster for An Honest Liar

This Friday 13th, set aside your superstitions to join the Good Thinking Society for an exclusive screening of “An Honest Liar” – the brand new biography of leading magician, writer and skeptic James Randi. Joining us for the screening is writer/director Justin Weinstein, who will take part in an audience Q&A.

The screening will take place on Friday 13th June at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL. Tickets cost £8.60, and the film will start at 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm). We look forward to seeing you there!

Eventbrite - "An Honest Liar" Screening and Q&A (presented by the Good Thinking Society)

James Randi's escapologyAbout the film

For the last half-century, James “The Amazing” Randi has entertained millions of people around the world with his remarkable feats of magic, escape and trickery.

Schooled in the techniques of deception, Randi saw his beloved magician’s tricks being used by faith healers, fortune-tellers, and psychics — not for entertainment, but to steal money from innocent people and destroy lives. Enraged by this, he dedicated his life to exposing those frauds, and would do so with the wit and style of the great showman that he is.

A self-described liar, cheat, and charlatan, Randi embarked on a mission for truth by perpetrating a series of unparalleled investigations and elaborate hoaxes. These grand schemes fooled scientists, the media, and a gullible public, but always with a deeper goal of demonstrating the importance of evidence and the dangers of magical thinking. In one of these acts, he transformed his partner, Jose Alvarez, into a fake guru named “Carlos” to show how easily people can be fooled. His work exposing faith healers won him the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1987.

But when dealing with a master deceiver, the truth can often be hard to find. A sudden and shocking truth in Randi’s personal life is brought to light when the tale of multiple identities takes an unexpected and potentially devastating turn. And Randi – who spent his life exposing deception – may have perpetrated another grand hoax or become the victim of a very personal one.

This event has been arranged by the Good Thinking Society in collaboration with the South East Skeptics Society. To find out more about the SESS, including their upcoming ‘Skeptics in the Shark Tank’ event, visit their website.