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An Honest Liar

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Jan 01, 2026

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About the film

An Honest Liar tells the incredible story of 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, Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru names Carlos.




1h 32m




Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein


Adam Savage, Alice Cooper, Uri Geller, Penn Jillette, Harry Houdini, Bill Nye, James Randi

Awards & recognition

AFI Docs Festival 2014

Winner Feature Documentary

Dallas Video Festival 2014

Winner Best Documentary

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2014

Winner Best Documentary

Key West Film Festival 2014

Winner Best Documentary

Napa Valley Film Festival 2014

Winner Best Documentary

Newport Beach Film Festival 2014

Winner Best Feature Documentary

What people are saying

Whatever his foibles, 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.

New York Magazine

It would violate a taboo to relate how this movie magic, masterfully orchestrated by Weinstein and Measom, is done. Their film is as smooth as Randi’s patter and demonstrates how the documentarian’s camera is quicker than the eye.

Boston Globe

Directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom have produced a jaunty, jovial portrait with a surprising sting in its tail.

The New York Times

An Honest Liar isn't simply a career recap or a fond portrait; the movie takes exhilarating turns as directors Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom follow present-day developments in Randi's personal life.

Los Angeles Times

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