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Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESPs, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

by James Randi
Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1988. 342 pages.

Published first in 1982 and still relevant today, Flim-Flam! explores — and debunks — a wide variety of paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims, all in Randi's characteristic buoyant and charming style. Not merely a pleasurable read, the book serves in effect as a practical tutorial in evaluating the claims of pseudoscience. Randi is internationally famous not only as a debunker of the paranormal but as a magician and escape artist; he also runs the James Randi Educational Foundation (on the web at, which aims to "promote critical thinking by reaching out to the public and media with reliable information about paranormal and supernatural ideas so widespread in our society today."