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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never look a these guys the same again!
This book was great! It truly exposes these "men of God" for who they really are: Scam artists! I still can't believe these men are still on T.V. selling their lies! It goes to show you just how gullible we human beings can be. You owe it to yourself to read this book. I'm really thankful to have a man like James Randi out there doing what he's doing. Keep it...
Published on 21 Jun 1997

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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of history
As an expose of the American tele-evangelists this is an eye-opener to those of us from other (i.e. European) cultures. It is now rather dated in that the terrific work done by Randi and his associates is some decades in the past. Having said that, it can serve as a warning of the errors to which any of us may fall prey if we fail to exercise informed skepticism about...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never look a these guys the same again!, 21 Jun 1997
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Hardcover)
This book was great! It truly exposes these "men of God" for who they really are: Scam artists! I still can't believe these men are still on T.V. selling their lies! It goes to show you just how gullible we human beings can be. You owe it to yourself to read this book. I'm really thankful to have a man like James Randi out there doing what he's doing. Keep it up!

Sincerely,

Sean Roscoe
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent expose' of bogus "alternative medicine" claims., 12 Jan 1996
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Paperback)
Randi explores bogus cures, mostly relating to con-artists
"Faith Healers." I highly recomend this book. Chapters cover
several well-known "Faith Healers" and their methods, as
well as the begging letters "Faith Healers" use to lure
victims. A few obscure "Faith Healers" are also explored.
Randi expresses outrage and frustration that the U.S.
governmental agencies that exist to protect citizens
against fraud do not punish "Faith Healers" because of
the First Amendment--- if one is victimized under the
guise of religion, one is left without recourse. This
book should be required reading for all who have considered
"alternative" medicine or "Faith Healing."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep your eye on your wallets., 6 Jun 1998
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Hardcover)
Ever wondered how the "Faith Healers" of EVERY description run their con games. They are finally and incontrovertably exposed as the money grubbing frauds they are in this wonderfully writen and documented book by James Randi. You will never look at "psychics" and "faith healers" the same way again.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful research, 2 Mar 1998
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Hardcover)
Randi does an excellent job of exposing these frauds who prey on the sick and despairing all for the sake of the almighty buck. The blatant lying,greed,hypocrisy of these "faith healers" is truly revolting. I don't blame Randi for being angry at this. These faith healers should be prosecuted. His book offers an excellent critique of the horrific abuses of these faith healers. Randi starts off with a history of faith healing and then goes on to show that not only is there no proof for faith healing, but that people are frequently pulled into this racket usually to their greater detriment. The main thrust of this book is to show that faith healing is really a racket put on by con artists who could't care less about the bible. They prey on people who are sick and despairing all for their own greed. There may be such things as faith healing, but so far we have no proof of it. If there is a god, he gave man reason to use in the pursuit of a reliable form of knowledge which is science, not in the mysticism and nebulous thinking of faith healers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent expose of charlatans, 19 Jan 2007
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msastry (GERRARDS CROSS, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Paperback)
Well researched look at a number of specific faith healers. The only negative you could say about this book is that it's impact is slightly lessened as the people specifically targetted are fading in memory.

I'd love to see an updated version with the current crop of psychic charlatans profiled Sylia Brown, Jon Edward, James van Praagh etc I'm sure the scams would be the same nontheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Randi, the master debunker, 30 Sep 2008
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Mr. M. D. Taylor (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Hardcover)
A must read for any right(or wrong!) thinking person. This book is another shining example of logic, common sense, balanced argument and insight from the fantastic Mr Randi. He systematically takes apart and exposes these charlatens for the exploitative fraudsters they truly are. Chapter by chapter he explains and often replicates the tricks and 'cold reading' techniques they use. Some of the deceptions are truly outrageous. The pick of these for me was Randi's exposure of Peter Popoff (Mr Randi obviously has a particular dislike of this individual). Some of Mr Randis team took part in one of Popoff's evangelistical gatherings. They took in with them a small scanning receiver. Once in the auditorium, they could pick up Popoff's wife transmitting information about audience members to a concealed ear piece he was wearing. The information having been obtained from 'Prayer cards' filled out by people taking part in the foyer before the show. Information such as name, place of birth, ailments they suffer from, dreams they wish to have fulfilled, where they are sitting! etc. Unbelievable! There are many many more examples of this sort of con-artist detailed here and James Randi gives them all both barrels in this superb book. Astonishing book from an astonishing man. Buy it! Read it! Enjoy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God's middle men on the take, 1 Aug 2004
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Excellent book. It is a brilliant expose of the fraudsters and con artists of the TV Evangelist variety. You could also use some of the techniques described to see how psychics do their acts.
He certainly holds no punches and tells it straight. The only problem is a certain amount of repeating what has already been said. I find this with several US titles. However that's a small quibble and it doesn't take away that this book is a must read. Skeptics unite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposes the religious con-men, 1 Jan 2010
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A behind the scenes exposure of how many well-known evangelists are nothing but con-artists soaking the gullible for every penny.

If you do truly wish to know what is really going on and how the scams work, then this is the book for you. Randi has a long career as a professional illusionist, escape artist and magician, thus has considerable experience crafting illusions that appear to be miracles. He is honest and when he performs his illusions, you know its a trick. In stark contrast, you have all the pentecostal faith-healers doing the same tricks, but pretending that God did it in order to soak up a regular flow of Millions of dollars from the gullible believers. Here he exposes and confronts these scam-artists.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and indispenable., 20 July 1999
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This review is from: The Faith Healers (Paperback)
Randi brilliantly exposes the chalatans and quacks of the faith healing business. It's scary how people time and again are the gullible prey of these faith healers. The book is very well written and has well documented case studies. Indispensable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic takedown of faith healing. Use it in ..., 7 July 2014
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A classic takedown of faith healing. Use it in debates with believers and you'll realise just how strongly they'll cling to their nonsense in the face of the evidence.
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