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17th June 2004, 07:46 PM
What about people who have paranormal powers but who want to remain anonymous? Does the Challenge provide a way for them to take the test and collect the money and remain unknown?
18th June 2004, 03:15 AM
[A reader comments in correspondence with Randi about a Reiki ‘master’ and the possibility of him accepting the challenge] “His main condition was that he would remain anonymous, a condition you generously accepted, although it was an exception to the rules.” http://www.randi.org/jr/111601.html
18th June 2004, 03:36 AM
It is, after all, very sensible to remain anonymous in case you are revealed as a fraud :D
18th June 2004, 09:24 AM
I imagine it depends on the case. Rarely if ever will a "fraud" take the test, because frauds, by definition, know they don't have paranormal powers. Sylvia fits into this category.
Believers might take the test hoping to gain notoriety
as well as money, so they are unlikely to ask for anonymity. Natalie, the "blindfolded reader" fits into this category. (Although she must have known she didn't really have powers, it is apparant that her handlers believed in her. Being young, she might have thought she could fool Randi.)
But I can envision the case where someone thinks they might have a shot at the million, but is not sure. I can well imagine that James Randi would allow such a person to test without being named, if for no other reason than to prove to them that they are misguided. It is an education foundation, after all.
18th June 2004, 03:02 PM
I knew I'd seen something else on this somewhere ...
Kramer: "We always prefer to keep the identifying data (ie; the names) of applicants private. It is not our policy to provide applicants with public embarrassment past the personal embarrassment of having failed preliminary testing, which so many applicants do with such boldly flying colors." (Source (http://www.randi.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?s=&postid=1870477630#post1870477630))
Hmmm ... shall we say that this remark supercedes (rather than contradicts) the quote I first posted? It is more recent after all.
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