By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—For years, James “The Amazing” Randi was a fixture on TV, frequently appearing on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and other talk shows. Now, his amazing life is the subject of a fascinating new documentary called “An Honest Liar.”
More than simply a magician and escape artist inspired by Harry Houdini, he also is a master skeptic, who helped debunk fake psychics, phony faith healers and predatory con artists with quasi-religious fervor.
A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver, or the deceived.