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 Tom Interval

San Diego Magician Tom Interval, owner of Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and nationally. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM), and the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia. With a BA in professional writing and minors in communications and business administration, Interval writes magic-related e-books, magazine articles, and blogs and produces tutorials and related videos for his YouTube channel. Most recently, Interval earned The Linking Ring Award of Excellence for a cover story he wrote for the magicians' publication. To learn more, please visit https://www.intervalmagic.com.
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