well into his 60s in this, and like we said before, he's no muscleman, but he looks like he could just own anybody. Chris
: He is kind of the absolute best guy at being old as hell and still looking like he could destroy whatever he wanted without much effort. He does it as Gandalf
, too. If I saw Ian McKellen and Clint Eastwood
walking down the street, I would cross to the other side double-quick.
Like all good folklore, now a local celebrity, stories of [James] Hydrickís power grew in each retelling. Upgrading from the table-top magic of Thatís Incredible!
, his followers now spoke of his ability to turn the phone book pages from ten feet away, of blocking punches and finding hidden objects while blindfolded, and of sneaking up on deer to choke them out, like a redneck ninja
. At this time, he also found the scientific seal of approval, having his powers authenticated by a science professor at the university of Utah. But not everyone was sold... this performance contained one important element the first performance hadnít ó James Randi. Possibly best described as Richard Dawkins playing Santa Claus at the office party, Randiís made a career out of the casually methodical destruction of what he calls "Flim-Flam." Psychics
, faith healers
; all have seen their claims crushed beneath Randi's tiny feet, as he brushes off their tricks and excuses like one would a cider-filled bluebottle from a shoulder at a summer picnic. At this point, Randi ó billed as The Amazing Randi, the stage-name from his days as a professional magician ó is 35 years into his life-long crusade, almost twice as long as Hydrick's been alive.