He confounded doctors who expected he would never walk again. One of his earliest reported experiences is that of seeing an evangelist using a version of the " one-ahead "  technique to convince churchgoers of his divine powers. Initially, he presented himself under his real name, Randall Zwinge, which he later dropped in favor of "The Amazing Randi". Early in his career, he performed numerous escape acts from jail cells and safes around the world.
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Without a doubt it would have to be religious beliefs. Faith Healers tackles this subject and uses investigations carried out by James Randi of many so-called faith healers as its material.
Some of the faith healers investigated are W. Grant, A. Randi starts with a little background into the phenomenon of supernatural beliefs in humans and its origins before the advent of science.
Throughout this book Randi issues a challenge to the faith healers to produce evidence for their so-called healings and have independent doctors make statements regarding the claims etc.
Surprisingly enough there is not one faith healer that is able to produce and substantiate claims of healing. I found it also interesting to read about some of the exposures of the practices of these healers. Many of them have lists generated by a computer with only individual names changed and sent out to gullible people asking for money.
Many times these means are how the healers support themselves. Prey on the public and beg for money that "Jesus needs". This book serves as a lesson that no matter what are beliefs may be we should never fail to exercise restraint in the face of terrific claims and also always keep our rational abilities intact. This book I would rate a 4 despite the eye-opening information it contains. The reason is the subject matter is somewhat long over pages and I feel many people unless acquainted with who these healers are may lose interest after reading about similar cases.
But nonetheless still a good read. This is a wonderful and informative look into the world of faith healers. Peter Popoff has since made a comeback, proving that you can indeed fool some of the people all of the time. A hard-hitting book, highly recommended.
The Faith Healers