Over the years James Randi and his colleagues have had to endure emails, Phone calls and meetings with all sorts of delusional people wanting that million dollar prize money claiming to be able to do things ranging from making someone urinate with the power of thier mind to common or garden mind reading.
Every single one of the hundreds of applicants failed to prove their abilities under scientific testing.
It’s always been a simple, direct, matter: do what you claim you can do of a paranormal nature, and walk away with the prize. Our expectations at first were that we’d attract major personalities by this means, but they’ve avoided having to take the test by simply not applying; those who have actually applied are generally honestly self-deluded persons who have difficulty stating what they can do, which can be understood if they really don’t know what they’re experiencingOddly enough we didn't see an appearance from any of the more famous morons such as Uri Geller, John Edward or Sylvia Browne. So the discontinuation of the challenge will come as a relief to frauds who are happy to lie to grieving parents but too cowardly to get tested. These people got out of testing by simply not applying. I can't blame them though, What person in their right mind would volunteer to take a test that will prove them to be a fraud and liar?
No doubt this will be seen by some as concern that the prize money was about to be won. But they had ten years to apply, And they have another two years before the challenge actually ends. So it's not like they weren't given a fair opportunity. All they had to do is prove that they can do what they claim to be able to do and the JREF would give them a million dollars.
I guess the challenge partly done what it attempted to do. It tested people and proved their claims to be false while at the same time exposing those not willing to take the test as cowards who lack confidence in their own claims.