James Randi 1982 Radio Interview at Cornell University

By Tom Interval

Photo of James Randi in his officeToday is magician and skeptic James Randi‘s 90th birthday, so I thought it would be appropriate to post a radio interview he gave 36 years ago during his visit to Cornell University to give a public lecture, demonstration, and seminars.

I’m not sure if Randi was there for more than one day, but on March 3, 1982, Joe Leeming, a publicist at Cornell who hosted a radio program at the time, interviewed him. As far as I know, this interview has not been heard since then. Chris Leeming, Joe’s son, was kind enough to provide me with the recording, and Cornell gave me permission to share it with the public.

It’s worth noting that Joe Leeming is the son of Joseph Leeming, a prolific author whose 10 instructional books on magic have appeared on the shelves of libraries around the world (he also wrote 49 other nonfiction books about a variety of topics, such as puzzles, games, crafts, ships, history, and business).

To listen to the Randi interview, click or touch the following link or play it in the embedded YouTube video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb3Wr1jNd_w.

Happy birthday, Randi!

About Interval Magic

Magician Tom Interval, owner of San Diego-based Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and throughout the United States. A member of the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), and Society of American Magicians (SAM), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he performed as a medieval conjurer, trained employees of the magic shop, and promoted the park on several local TV talk shows along the East Coast. As an entertainer, business owner, and former marketing communications professional, Interval understands that the success of any event depends on how satisfied his clients' guests are. Whether it’s a trade show or 50th wedding anniversary, Interval is dedicated to providing his audiences with a highly visual, interactive, mind-boggling magic experience they’ll remember and talk about for years to come. To learn more, please visit www.intervalmagic.com.
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