James Randi and the Wonderful Defrocking of a Fraudulent Faith Healer

It’s an old story, but a really fun one.

In the 1980s, Peter Popoff ran a successful faith healing “ministry,” in which he appeared to heal people of their ailments on live TV. Of course, it was all a lie. In this short clip, James Randi shows us how Popoff was pulling off his “miracles.”


But the best part is what the video doesn’t tell you. A man once visited Popoff’s conference pretending to be an older woman struggling with uterine cancer. Popoff was more than happy to “heal” him without realizing that he was talking to man in drag (who didn’t have a uterus).

(If this sounds familiar, it’s also the plot of Fletch Lives.)

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