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Mark your calendars for January 13-16, 2005, for "The Amaz!ng Meeting 3: From Eve to Newton, the Apple of Knowledge." TAM2 was a great success, with close to 400 guests from around the globe enjoying excellent speakers and entertainment. TAM3 will be even bigger and better — being held this year in association with the Skeptics Society and Michael Shermer!

We have some BRAND NEW special events offered during TAM3. Click here to learn more.

Our lineup this year includes:


Pre-registration has ended. You may still register at the conference.

  • Dr. Richard Dawkins, celebrated author, scientist, philosopher, humanist, lecturer and educator from Oxford University will be our featured speaker. He will be celebrating and following with us the progress of knowledge and education from Biblical mythology to present times. We're flattered and excited to have this major academic joining us, and believe me, you'd better take notes!

  • Julia Sweeney, Saturday Night Live alumnus, writer, actor and comedienne wowed us last year with her excerpts from her one-woman show "Letting Go of God." This year we've given her free rein to do a complete show for you on Thursday evening. Julia alone will be worth the price of admission!

  • Penn & Teller will again be gracing us with their humor, wisdom and magic. They have cemented their positions as allies against nonsense and pseudoscience with their Showtime series "Bullshit!" and proved that humor is one of the skeptic's best tools.

  • Dr. Michael Shermer will again kick off our Friday morning agenda and besides his informative lecture, will participate in the Thursday workshop, and will act as our Master of Ceremonies for part of the weekend.

  • Jamy Ian Swiss, one of the magic profession's brightest stars, will be lecturing to us this year and bringing his unique magician's perspective on those psychic scammers.

  • Banachek will also be returning to share with you his experiences as one of the two original "Alpha Boys" who infiltrated a parapsychology lab and proved that yes, scientists CAN be fooled. He's an experienced mentalist and lecturer who really knows his subject.

  • Dr. Joe Nickell, Chief Investigator for the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) is a forensic expert, former private eye and author. He has traveled extensively and brings to TAM 3 his depth of knowledge on all areas of scams and hoaxes.

  • Magician Rick Maue specializes in theatrical séances and presented an especially interesting late night talk at TAM 2. He was so popular we've asked him to appear in "prime time" for TAM 3. Rick's a champion of critical thinking and infuses that message into all his performances.

  • Brenton Ver Ploeg is a Miami attorney with a special interest in science and pseudoscience. He represents both CSICOP and JREF and will tell us about the role of the Courts in battling scam artists.

  • Andrew Mayne will tell us how he uses his magic skills to teach critical thinking in the classroom.

  • JUST ADDEDDr. Richard Wiseman, originally an award-winning magician, currently heads the Perrott-Warrick Research Unit at the University of Hertfordshire.

  • JUST ADDEDChristopher Hitchens is a writer who, with trademark savage wit, Hitchens flattens hypocrisy inside the Beltway and around the world, laying bare the "permanent government" of entrenched powers and interests.

  • In addition to our speakers, we'll have special guests in attendance to tell stories and amaze you. Again, Jerry Andrus will share his astounding illusions. Randi's buddy from his TV "Wonderama" days, the one-and-only Sonny Fox, will be sharing stories.

  • Ever-popular and entertaining Dr. Phil Plait, aka the Bad Astronomer, will be hosting part of the weekend, and promises to keep you on your toes.

  • And needless to say, Randi will be everywhere, hosting, speaking, entertaining, interviewing, telling stories, and possibly even performing a miracle or two.

Click here for the latest schedule of events.

Donor's Luncheon

As a special fundraiser, we are offering a Donor's Luncheon on Saturday. It will be a catered affair limited to the first 12 people that sign up. Randi will be there, of course. Tickets are $500 and proceeds go directly to the JREF. Call Linda at 954-467-1112 or email her at for more information.

Note: We are accepting registration for this online via paypal, but due to the space limitation, if 12 people have already signed up your money will be refunded.

Lance Burton

Tickets to the Saturday evening Lance Burton show.

NOTE: We only have a few tickets remaining.

Theatrical Séance

Given the success of last year, Rick Maue will be presenting his own "Theatrical Séance" which should be entertaining and informative.

He will be giving 4 shows during the conference** and each is limited to 25 people. Séances are Thursday at 10 PM, Friday at 8 and 9:30 PM, and Saturday at 10PM. Each séance lasts around 1 hour. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go directly to the JREF. If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Mervine at

** Note: Saturday séance conflicts with Lance Burton.

Thursday Workshop: How to Communicate Skepticism to the Public

In addition to the weekend activities, a workshop is planned for Thursday afternoon from 1-4 PM. "How to Communicate Skepticism to the Public" is the topic and will feature Randi, Dr. Michael Shermer, Andrew Mayne and Jack Latona on how to get the message across. Attendance will be limited, so sign up early!


Dinner with Randi and Dawkins

Last year's special Dinner with Randi sold out quickly and this year we expect it to be even more popular, as Dr. Richard Dawkins will be joining Randi and providing special "private" time over a lovely meal on Friday evening. Attendance will be limited to 40 people, so don't miss out. The proceeds from this special $250/plate dinner go to support the JREF's continuing operations.


Call for Papers

Once again JREF is issuing a call for papers to those who would like to share their work or accomplishments at the third annual Amazing Meeting, January 13-16, 2005 in Las Vegas. Click here for more information.

Hotel Information

We have have a block of rooms at the Stardust Resort & Casino, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Las Vegas, NV 89109. Room rates are $60 for Thursday night and $90 for Friday and Saturday, plus tax. You must make your own hotel reservations by calling (800) 634-6757. Our group code is Amazing. You may also make your reservations online at First night's room and tax will be required at the time of booking. Group rates are good until December 14, 2004. These rates are good for 2 days prior and after the meeting dates.

More Information

Special group registration discount for parties of six or more.

For more information, please email Linda Shallenberger at The beautiful Stardust Casino in Las Vegas is waiting´┐Ż..

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