James Randi on George Dillman
From James Randi's commentary this week on the JREF website:
Danish reader Claus Larsen tells us about one of the programs in the “Is It Real?” series on the National Geographic Channel:
In the show "Superhuman Powers" (where Gary Schwarz and John Hagelin are also spouting their crap), there's one classic excuse from a martial arts expert and "Ch’i" thrower, George Dillman. After one of his top students has – unsuccessfully – tried to knock down [Luigi] Garlaschelli with "Ch’i," Dillman offers this explanation on why it didn't work:
The skeptic was a totally non-believer. Plus – I don't know if I should say that on film – but if the guy had his tongue in the wrong position in the mouth, that can also nullify it. You can nullify it – you can nullify a lot of things. In fact, you can nullify it if you raise those big toes! If I say I'm going to knock you out, and you raise one toe, and push one toe down....I can't knock you out. And then, if I go to try again, you reverse it. If you keep doing this, I won't knock you out.
Gee, whiz...not much use for this "Ch’i" force, then...
So it would appear, Claus. I’d never heard this variety of alibi before, but I’m not much surprised by it. We at the JREF will intensively research tongue positions and toe movements to provide sure-fire protection for our readers against the magic of Ch’i-throwing, which I believe is closely related to bull-throwing. I suspect that almost any tongue-in-cheek maneuver will be sufficient protection. I remind USA readers to watch this show either September 22nd or 28th on the National Geographic channel.
If only one of these chi or magic masters could show us that no-contact striking was real.