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An Honest Liar (2014)

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The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.
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James Randi ... Himself - Magician
Deyvi Peña Deyvi Peña ... Himself - Artist (as Jose Alvarez)
Penn Jillette ... Himself - Magician (as Penn)
Teller ... Himself - Magician
Jamy Ian Swiss Jamy Ian Swiss ... Himself - Magician & Author
Richard Wiseman Richard Wiseman ... Himself - Magician & Psychologist (as Prof. Richard Wiseman)
Ray Hyman Ray Hyman ... Himself - Experimental Psychologist
Adam Savage ... Himself - Mythbusters
Alice Cooper ... Himself - Rock Star
Banachek Banachek ... Himself - Mentalist (as Steve Shaw)
Alexander Jason Alexander Jason ... Himself - Surveillance Expert (as Alec Jason)
Bill Nye ... Himself - The Science Guy
Michael Shermer Michael Shermer ... Himself - Publisher, Skeptic Magazine
Michael Edwards Michael Edwards ... Himself - Project Alpha Psychic
Uri Geller ... Himself - Purported Psychic
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AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film brings to life Randi's intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi's personal life is discovered, it isn't clear whether Randi is still the deceiver - or the deceived. Written by Anonymous

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USA | Spain | Italy | Canada

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English

Release Date:

2 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,821, 8 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$124,031, 5 April 2015
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| (TV) (2016)

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At the end of the credits, a disclaimer comes up: "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film". See more »

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Uri Geller: In entertainment there is a kind of acceptability to deceive, its like when there two Picasso paintings on the wall, one is a fake and the other one is real, but they look the same. There is no harm in that. At the end of the day, there is nothing to reveal, because of what I do is real.
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Before the final copyright in the end credits it states, "No spoons were harmed in the making of this film." See more »

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Features The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Debunking Mystics with a Retired Magician
15 December 2015 | by drqshadow-60-379886See all my reviews

The cunning, combative career of James "The Amazing" Randi, slightly better known as a professional disprover of psychics and faith healers than as an escape artist and illusionist of his own right. His career arc is an unexpectedly exciting one - he rubbed elbows with Johnny Carson and Alice Cooper in his prime - and as showy as one might expect from a lifelong performer. I found his transition right from the stage into the professional debunking game to be a natural one, not to mention noble (he considers work as a magician to be entertainment, while paranormal hoaxes are just thievery) but some see hypocrisy there. While it stays on the subject of his career, the documentary is a fascinating one. It switches gears in the final half-hour to focus on his personal life, where he's ironically caught by a private swindle during production, but apart from the obvious parallels to his working life I didn't find that long aside terribly interesting. Still, a good story, though perhaps not one that needed a feature-length documentary to explore.


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