Anyone here actually see the transcripts? (I have them)
About two years ago one of my nemesis within the magic community (and I have very few of them) thought he'd put me on the spot by having Randi visit a particular forum one week for a Q&A with the kiddies. He and his chums deliberately brought up the whole pedophile thing trying to force a head to head between Randi and I. Randi did a nice tape dance that of course, kept him looking good... I on the other hand, emailed a portion of the Trial Transcripts (the phone calls) to the owner of the forum and two of his moderators... they were so repulsed that they quietly put an end to the antagonism being mounted and similarly, let the whole experience of the old perv's visit ooze into the the crevasses of the soil not to be found or discussed again...
The problem with the whole Trial side of things is that it is but one small chapter when it comes to Randi's various escapades with "the lads"... he got caught up in harboring under-aged boys from Haiti in his basement, whose passports, etc. had run out. The explanation is that they were dancers he was using in a new show and he'd planned on helping them with their immigration, etc. nonetheless, it was three boys between 16 and 18 as I understand... There are the handful of young magicians who were working at Tannen's magic back in the 70's when Randi was at the height of his popularity (within the industry only), who were proposition quite directly at the counter. We also need to look at how often the old guy moved from city to city and ask ourselves why he seemed to move so often and why either before the move or within a few short months afterwords, rumors of his trespass came to the surface?
I'm totally amazed as to how Randi has managed to escape physical retaliation by parents or even a big brother here and there. Then again, we've seen how a ton of priests have been repositioned regularly for the same exact reasons and they never got lynched
I've spoken with a couple of the people who were "victimized" by Randi back in the day, none of them wishing to come out about it... one explaining that he can't say anything because of legal arrangements
... I believe we all know what that means; especially when his college got paid for by an anonymous benefactor (I guess that's where the "education" part of the JREF name comes into play???)
Pardon my rant, but the one thing I loathe more than a bigot is any person that would prey on the "helpless" be it children or senior citizens. But a person that would steal a young person's youth let alone their sense of innocence?
Sting 'm Up!