Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Book Report- Flim-Flam Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions

 General Overview

"Flim-Flam: Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions" is a book in which famed magician James Randi takes a skeptical look paranormal phenomena and unusual claims. This novel takes you through a journey that exposes claims of mythical creatures and tricks used to deceive people. In great detail he explains the fraudulent nature of psychics and Extrasensory Perception(ESP). This is a great look by a magician in the mysteries of pseudoscience.

Favorite Part

My favorite part of this book was definitely the parts where he went over how psychics were fake and just used different techniques to manipulate whoever they were speaking to. Also, the million-dollar challenge really intrigues me. It is interesting to see how offering a million dollars for someone to prove paranormal activities, still failed to yield any results.


This is related to what we have learned in class in the relation to the studies that were done with psychic testing which resulted in non-conclusive results. The book went over many details in which showed inconclusive results about psychics.



This novel holds a relevance beyond learning in the classroom. With a world full of misinformation, it is important to look at the details and really think about what is real and not. The author's critical look at various pseudoscience phenomena can relate to how a reader can you use reasoning to determine the truth.

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