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Magic

September 21, 2010

The Claims:

Magic is the alleged ability to manipulate things by supernatural means through knowledge of laws outside of the realm of science. Though there are several definitions of the word magic, it is most usually associated with paranormal and religious claims or those which defy rational explanation. Many claims fall under the broad term “magic” including: Miracles, Witches, Wizards, Wicca, Ouija, Chi and Homeopathy.

The Evidence:

No magical or paranormal claim has been proven scientifically despite a long history of magical claims, from ancient descriptions of miracles to modern magicians like Uri Geller. The James Randi Educational Foundation (or JREF) is offering a $1,000,000 dollar prize to anyone that can provide proof of magical or paranormal claims under proper scientific controlled conditions.

Conclusion:

To date, there has been no successful recipient of the JREF’s prize and no evidence of magical abilities.

Links:

Wikipedia Page on Magic

The Skeptic’s Dictionary Entry on Magic

James Randi’s $1,000,000 Challenge

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