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An Honest Liar

  • Director: Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Comedy, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 90 min.

This FREE screening is sponsored by the organizers of Skepticon, the largest free skeptic conference in the nation that happens to take place right here in Springfield. The conference takes place Fri., Nov. 13 - Sun., Nov. 15.

The mission of Skepticon is to support, promote, and develop free-thought skeptic, and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming.

An Honest Liar is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and 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.

"Directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom have produced a jaunty, jovial portrait with a surprising sting in its tail."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"Today, Randi's stooped, gnomish gait and expansive white beard give him the appearance of a Tolkien wizard, but the man's passion for rationality and for exposing fraud and misbelief are stronger than ever. An Honest Liar is a fitting tribute to a figure whose stamina and wit only appear to be magical."
- Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian
"An Honest Liar is a fascinating look at what the truth means, and how it means different things to different people. It's also a reminder that no one has a monopoly on it. Not even the Amazing Randi."
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"An Honest Liar depicts a great American original — a man who has taught a generation of scientists, magicians, and even certain film critics that our senses must be trained to detect the smell of bullshit."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"If its account of Randi’s work as an exceptional entertainer and a zealous debunker were all that An Honest Liar gave us, it would be a tremendously fascinating film. But the movie also contains a third-act surprise – which won’t be revealed here – that makes it both unexpectedly revelatory and deeply moving."
- Godfrey Cheshire,