Iron Rod Randi

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  1. Yithian

    Yithian Last Man Standing Staff Member

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    James Randi: Anal investigator?
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    "Do you blow? How many inches have you got?" Though he goes by the cover name "Donald", the voice is unmistakably Randi's, the same one just heard in a snippet from a conversation he's had with mathematician Martin Gardner. The only difference is vocal tone, which reveals a fruity, lust-soaked fervor. On the other end is a obviously young male, though, at 6'1" and 180 ("There's a lot to feel" is how the teen puts it) he certainly is biologically equipped for Randi's sexual satisfaction. Unfortunately, it is 3:20 and the juvenile needs to be home by 5 PM. Being strapped for time doesn't stop Randi, of course, who romantically suggests, "What if I drive you around in the car, can you do a blow job on me?" The boy agrees, provided Randi returns the favor, but the ever stingy magician makes no such promise. Still, there is a happy ending to this tale: Randi and the teen agree to meet at the Boardwalk for a quickie.

    This is merely the first of many adventures with young males Randi has over the phone. Sometimes an element of drama is added, as with "Larry," his next caller for perverted pleasures. Randi has never met him, but tells him cryptically "I know of you." The trouble is, Larry (who claims to be 17) has stopped doing things involving grown men's cocks, because, as he informs Randi, "The cops are watching." This hardly deters our randy Randi, who boasts, "My place is pretty safe. I've got some money and the stuff you like to see, I am sure." Lured by Randi's reassurance, not to mention Randi's immense photo collection of young men and Japanese porn, Larry agrees to meet for lewdness on Wednesday. Randi makes one request of little Larry: that he deprive himself from jerking off until their date, "so we'll have a good time." Larry agrees to save his sperm supply up for Randi, and one is left to imagine what good times the two share with the stored up scum that, presumably, ends up splattered over the magician.

    Another boy cuts to the chase real quick: after exchanging greetings, he announces to Randi, "I want your dick." "Mmm," Randi replies, then asks what the teen wants to do with his penis. "Suck it," the boy responds with a touch of desperation. "Sounds interesting," Randi says, his own desperation almost betraying his understatement. The boy (who claims to be 6'1", 170 and 17) then asks, "What do you do?" "Let people suck it," is Randi's response. The boy then asks, "You do anything?" The ever clever Randi quips, "It depends on who it is." They arrange a meeting for the following night, where the teen can suck Randi off, and the adolescent asks the magician if he knows any girls they can fuck. Unfortunately, Randi doesn't appear to swing that way, and quickly changes topic, but their deep throat date is cemented nonetheless.

    Then there's the caller who claims (dubiously) to be 18, with stats of 5'9", 130-140 pounds and a seven inch schlong. Randi tries to lure the young male into a gay orgy, one which includes himself and two others ages 16 and 17. The caller asks, "Do you blow?" "Sure," Randi responds, "is that what you like?" Soon, it appears that that the teen wants some hot phone sex, but the ever materialistic Randi wants the real thing. "There is no point in just talking about it," Randi huffs, then later adds, "I am never going to say it on the phone and jerk you off. You are not going to help me out at all, that's no good." The young male prods further, and Randi promises that they will "Jerk off, and suck and fuck, or something like that." Randi mentions having pictures of the two teens and other conquests, then gripes some more for concrete gratification: "So when the hell do we get together?" He adds, "My telephone bill will cost me a fortune just sitting on the phone talking about it. Talking about it is no good. Why don't I get together with you and do the whole thing?" He also makes one final request: "Will you let me take pictures of you?"

    Listened in whole, one has to admire Randi's brashness at risking sexual fulfillment that could ultimately jail him, especially when he has an admitted picture collection of underage males in the buff. Even more impressive is the amount of deceit he uses to lure his potential bed notches into sexual shenanigans. When asked how old he was, Randi replied 30 to one boy and 32 to another: the tapes first surfaced in the early nineties, and Randi was born in 1928. He lists his height as 5'7" or 5'8" and weight from 145-150 pounds: by all accounts, the squat-like Randi is much shorter than that. Most interesting is his frequent boasting of having "9 1/2 inches" waiting to strike like a serpent in his pants. Needless to say, considering his record of deception, this should be assumed to be a MAJOR exaggeration.

    One question remains about Iron Rod Randi's phone sexcapades: just how did the tapes come about in the first place? At first, Randi whined that he was a victim of a vast conspiracy, that paranormal promoters, tired of him exposing their fraudulence, manufactured a fake tape to unfairly smear the noble, upright Randi who, of course, would never even dream about having sex with young men for pleasure. Randi would later come up with a more novel explanation: apparently, tired of having boys - overwhelmed with lust over his sensual persona and huge donkey dick - call him up and harass him for perverted satisfaction, he made the tape himself at the request of local police to help prosecute vicious young predators of poor oppressed Randi. Of course, as Randi is often fond of saying himself, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof." If Randi did make the tape for the local pigs, it became worthless of any legal merit via Randi's frequent attempts to talk the teens into meeting with him. (Apparently, Randi doesn't understand the meaning of the word "entrapment".) What's more, one caller states that he got Randi's number off the wall at a public bathroom. If Randi was truly interested in stopping his supposed abuse, he could have easily uncovered where the number was and have it removed.

    The most likely explanation for the tape is one Randi has yet to make: that it was illegally made by enemies tired of his mean-spirited tactics. While this explanation makes Randi an almost sympathetic victim if it's the answer, the reason he's never offered the most logical reason behind the tape is that it requires him to concede that he was engaged in criminal behavior himself.
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    Does anyone believe this? - I did crack up to see him called 'Iron Rod Randi'. :D :D :D
     
  2. stuneville

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    I wonder if he can make it bend under laboratory conditions...

    Anyway, who's to know whether it's genuine or not? Thing is, many people on here would probably love to (figuratively) see Randi caught with his pants down, if only from a sense of poetic justice: this the bloke who spends his entire life attempting to expose others. I certainly would, though TBH would much rather see him being forced to admit he couldn't replicate some paranormal feat - ultimately, that would be a much nicer skeptical epitaph :).

    That said though, his alleged sexual proclivities are, in the end (no pun intended :D) his business, provided it involves consenting adults*. Never did Geo Michael any harm in the long run.

    [edit] *having just re-read it, if it's a) true and b) doesn't involve consenting adults, then he deserves everything he gets. [/edit]
     
  3. Anonymous

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    The fact that the original page (the link is now to the web archive) suggests that it may have been removed, possibly for legal reasons. This might give an indication of the validity of the claim.

    To be honest the style of the thing looks very much as if it's been fabricated.
     
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    That was my impression, but, from all the allusions made elsewhere, the tapes (whatever they are of) have been in circulation for some years and transcripts have appeared in print. The very fact that no one has been dragged to court by Randi is probably one of the few things about the whole business that suggests to me that there may be a kernel of truth in it - or at least something fishy going on. Apparently, the tapes were played in open court against the wishes of Randi's legal team but this was in a libel case in which Randi was the defendant!

    I knew the original site had gone. Certainly some of the statements are highly libellous if untrue. Wish the sound files were still there.

    I think you're probably right though. :)

    Edit: A letter to the Fortean Times concerning the tapes is mentioned - any one got it?
     
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    Some of the background to these salacious tapes and transcripts
    can be found on the Saucer Smear site:

    http://www.martiansgohome.com/smear/v46/ss990701.htm#randi

    When we briefly mentioned James ("The Amusing") Randi and the infamous "Blackmail Tape" in our May 5th, 1999 issue, we did not yet realize that the whole mess has started up all over again.Randi's version of events, going all the way back to 1968, is given in a 7-page rant dated April 1999, with a "To Whom It May Concern" covering letter dated May 3rd, 1999. These documents can be obtained presumably for free by writing to: James Randi Educational Foundation, 201 S.E. 12th St., Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Include stamped self-addressed envelope.
    Back in 1991-1992, "Smear" printed a series of articles regarding the lawsuits brought against Randi by psychic Uri Geller and by another (alleged) psychic named Eldon Byrd. We also discussed the "Blackmail Tape" and related matters, and we included long anti-CSICOP articles by parapsychologist George Hansen and UFO historian Jerome Clark. In addition, we published at that time part of an earlier incarnation of Randi's version of events. These articles are in "Smear" Vol. 38, No. 8, 9, and 10 (1991), and Vol. 39, No. 1, 4, 5, and 6 (1992). They may be obtained for a reasonable price from Tom Benson, P. 0. Box 1174, Trenton, N.J. 08606.
    A true student of this complicated subject might want to read all of the above, in order to understand both sides of disputed matters.
    What has happened recently is as follows: Within the past few months, someone has started sending out the "Blackmail Tape" again, together with other material which Randi considers to be obscene.The old "Blackmail Tape" was on an audio cassette, whereas the new one is on a CD disc.
    We have the audio cassette and several copies of the written transcript of same. We have very recently written to Randi asking his permission for us to send to interested parties just the transcript together with his April 1999 rant, so that unbiased people can read both and decide for themselves just what the truth of the matter may be - i.e., under what circumstances was the "Blackmail Tape" made, and how did it get out to the public in the first place? Randi and your editor are in partial disagreement on these matters.
    The other Randi event that has happened recently is really strange.
    A Caltech (California) graduate student named Conrado Cano wrote a letter to Randi and/or his Foundation, threatening to publish expose material about Randi unless the Foundation pavs out its approximately one million dollars in prize money to psychic(s) who deserve it. A deadline of June lst, 1999 was set for this - the date being the anniversary of the late Carl Sagan's marriage to his wife! Apparently Cano was not even familiar with the "Blackmail Tape" and was referring to other negative material. Incidentally, we are told that Cano is an admirer of far-out UFO guru Dr. Steven Greer.
    Because of these apparently unrelated situations - the recent mailings of the Tape and the very peculiar threat by Cano, Randi did a very unexpected thing: When it came his turn to speak at a May 21st-22nd meeting of the Skeptics Society, of which Randi is a leading member (having resigned from CSICOP, the rival skeptical group), our Amusing friend chose to read his above-mentioned 7-page rant, rather than give the speech that everyone expected.
    Worse, Cano was actually in the audience at that time.We are told that when Cano heard Randi's emotional defense of his position, he (Cano) went to the opposite extreme and apologized profusely, including in writing - but Randi refused to accept his apology and still considers Cano to be "The Enemy".This is how things now stand.
    In the Letters section of this issue we have printed personal letters we have recently received from Randi's current lawyer and from the Amusing One himself, However, at press time we still have no answer to our challenge re distributing the "Blackmail Tape" transcript. Stay tuned!
     
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    Not sure they'll be needed. If Iron Rod is actually claiming as a defence that he said things like "Do you blow? How many inches have you got?" to aid the police in capturing a series(!) of sexually malicious callers then i think that my cat could defend us in court. He'd just need to stamp on the play button and let the court hear it. :D

    In all seriousness though, we've renamed Bush and Blair and 'taking the Uri' is muttered infrequently, so i'm lobbying that the name James Randi be stricken from the site. Henceforth he shall be known as Old Iron Rod - that's kinda avuncular. Agreed?
     
  8. Anonymous

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    To be honest, I'd rather see him nailed on his stance as a sceptic.

    Much more satisfying.
     

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