Archived: An Honest Liar
Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only
Documentary Feature, Short Film
An Honest Liar
Renowned magician James ‘The Amazing’ Randi has been wowing audiences with his jaw-dropping illusions, escapes and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When he began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists, he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses.
This entertaining film chronicles Randi’s best debunkings of faith healers, fortune tellers and psychics. It documents his rivalry with famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, whom Randi eventually foiled on a high-profile television appearance. Another target was evangelist Peter Popoff, whose tent-show miracles and audience mind-reading were exposed as chicanery when Randi revealed a recording of Popoff’s wife feeding him information through a radio-transmitter earpiece.
In telling Randi’s strange, funny and fascinating life story, the film shows how we are all vulnerable to deception – even, in a surprising twist, ‘The Amazing’ Randi himself.
Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein / 2014 / 90 minutes / English / United States
Victor is a short film about imagination, solitude and the sometimes blindfolded quest for happiness. This whimsical journey follows Victor, a peculiar man who has some interesting ideas about how to make friends. With an optimistic plan and a few technological tricks, Victor shows that sometimes all you need is a little help to notice what’s been right in front of you all along.
Chad Thompson / 2014 / 7 minutes / English / USA