07 August 2014

Win tickets to see "An honest liar" in Toronto

Great news! I have been offered three pairs of tickets to give away to my readers, to attend "AN HONEST LIAR" at the Friday, August 8, 6:30pm screening in Toronto, Canada.  (I understand that there's a Q&A with Randi at that screening.)

I will be holding a random draw for each pair of tickets.  (There will be three winners. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets.)  The draw results will be posted on Friday August the 8th.

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me your favourite Amazing Randi memory (from a personal encounter, an interview, a performance etc).  (You do not need to be a magician to enter the contest.)(Your favourite memory could be entering this contest!)
  2. Leave your name, along with a way that I may contact you (e-mail address, phone number, website, Twitter handle etc.) so that I can notify you if you win.
  3. If you win, you must be willing to provide your full name and contact information for me to share with Hannah from Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

The fine print:

  • To participate in the contest, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • One entry per person.
  • This giveaway is open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec. (Je m'excuse!)
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you experience difficulties leaving a comment, you may e-mail it to me for posting.  (I am not responsible if your e-mail is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.)
  • You must be able to use the tickets as offered.  (No cash value will be offered if you cannot use the tickets.)
  • Photo ID will be required to claim the tickets at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema box office prior to the show on your way into the screening.
  • The odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
  • Contest closes on Thursday August the 7th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

With thanks to Hannah from Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for generously making these tickets available to you!


  1. Thanks for the opportunity!
    My favourite Randi quote: "I want to be cremated, and I want my ashes blown in Uri Geller's eyes."

  2. My favourite amazing Randi moment is when he was on TV and he bent the spoon like Geller did.

    My name is Mark Campbell and you can contact me through my twitter account: @Nitrodist

  3. This entry is on behalf of Magic Mike Segal who promises to share his favourite Randi moment with me the the next time I see him.

  4. Here is my Randi story. I had just done a psychic fair in Ottawa and had returned by train to Union Station in Toronto. I saw this little man scurrying about like a demented hen looking highly irritated.

    I recognised him as Randi but wasn't 100 percent sure. He did not look in the mood for conversation but I tried anyway. I approached him and said, "Are you James Randi?" He glared at me in an irritated fashion and scurried away without answering. It was then my turn to get irritated so I hurried after him and tried again more forcefully saying "You didn't answer me. Are You James Randi the magician?" He then glared at me with great malevolence spitting out the words, "Yes. I AM James Randi!"

    He did not appear to be in a good mood. I said, "The last time I saw you was in this city and you were wandering down Yonge St. It was thirty years ago. You were here for Harry Smith's funeral" Harry Smith was the owner of the old Arcase Magic shop. He snorted, "Who are you? Are you a magician?" I answered, "Actually I am a psychic. I have just come back from exhibiting at a psychic fair in Ottawa" At that he brightened up immensely and it seemed to put him in a better mood. He whispered conspiratorially, "Sshh! We cannot be seen together!" I told him that I thought he looked a bit agitated and he explained to me that the person who was supposed to pick him up hadn't shown up. He said he was in town for filming purposes. I think he was hinting to me to drop him off somewhere but I didn't have a car.

    I then left him to his own devices and went to a phone to call Lisa Close who was living in Toronto at the time. I told her that I had just been speaking to Randi at Union Station but she didn't believe me and told me to stop making up stories because she wasn't in the mood for it. I then said "In that case I'll prove it to you" I had just seen Randi a few yards away from the pay phone so I called out to him asking him to come over. He looked as if I were the last person on earth he wanted to talk to again but he did indeed come over. I said, "I have a big fan of yours on the phone" Of course I was lying since she isn't a particular fan at all but he grumpily took the phone from me and spoke to her. She still thought it was a prank but when it dawned on her that it was indeed James Randi she was speaking to she got all excited and asked for his autograph. He then got grumpy again and asked how the hell he was supposed to give her his autograph when she was on the other end of the phone. It did seem a logical question I suppose.

    Anyway he gave me her autograph to give to her and he told her "This friend of yours sees me every time I come to Toronto" referring to the fact that I had seen him about 30 years before. He then bade her goodbye, hung up the phone and went on his way.

    And that is the last I saw of him. He struck me as quite a character. I am kind of pleased I bumped into him like that since it was the only time I ever really spoke to him.

  5. My favourite is watching him expose Uri Geller on Carson.