Randi and Popoff
I meant to blog about this on Wednesday. I turned on the television in my hotel and found myself watching the televangelist Peter Popoff. This is the same Peter Popoff who was exposed as a fraud twenty years ago by the debuncker James Randi (I know: you couldn't make these names up). Popoff's amazingly accurate information about audience members at his faith healing gatherings wasn't prompoed by the Holy Spirit, but by his wife's voice in an ear-piece. You can watch the televised expose here:
When Randi's investigation became public, audiences at Popoff's events fell away immediately. He declared bankruptcy within the year. Twenty years later, here he is again, broadcasting coast-to-coast. He was offering "miracle spring water" to people in need of healing for a mere $28.30. Some would say that the real miracle here is that Popoff can still make money. But he's apparently doing very well in that regard. Miracle water anyone?