This will likely be the least shocking news you’ll see this week. Canadian “psychic” Nikki has backed out of her agreement to take James Randi up on his million dollar paranormal challenge, saying she’s not available to take the test.
The JREF called Nikki on Sept. 2, requesting an email address to send her information about the Million Dollar Challenge. After CBC News published a followup story2 on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Nikki returned the JREF’s call, leaving a message in which she promised “I will try to contact you in the next couple of days for sure.” The JREF called her back within an hour, again offering to send information about the Challenge and answer her questions.
A full week after Nikki promised to call the JREF “in the next couple of days,” she still had not responded.
Instead, she seemed to be backing away from the Million Dollar Challenge on Friday, when she said on CFNY-FM in Toronto, “I didn’t tell CBC I would do the test for sure, I said [I would] if I was available…. I’m not available.” She went on to say, “I don’t have to take [the JREF’s] stupid test … I don’t want a million dollars.”
You don’t have to be a “psychic” to predict that one. You can listen to the audio of this interview here, it’s the Sept. 9 broadcast and it starts at about the 50 minute left mark. She says she’s been “doing her research” and she’s “found out stuff.” She has “friends who are psychologists in the states and they are experts on tests.” And she “really wanted to do the test” but she didn’t tell CBC for sure she would do the test, she only said she’d do if it she’s “available.” And she can’t do it because she “found out more about it” and she’s “not available” all of a sudden.She said she has no time until next year. One of the hosts asked her what she did yesterday and she said she was watching movies. And when asked what she was doing that day she said, “I don’t know what I’m doing later.” That tells you exactly what’s going on. Funny thing is that she said she was waiting for a friend to email her back to do something that day. As a psychic, shouldn’t she know that already?
She did say that she would eventually take the test after the first of the year, but that’s a fairly obvious lie given everything else she said. Like this:
I’ve had emails and phone calls from people who know him and he doesn’t have the million dollars.
That’s a lie. JREF has posted the bank statement for everyone to see. She also claimed that it was “like a lie detector test” that someone could fake. In fact, it’s nothing at all like a lie detector test. Not even remotely. In fact, she has to agree in advance to specific, objective results that would prove her alleged powers to exist.
The punchline to all of this is that she said she would take it after the first of the year, then said she had a premonition about James Randi’s health. Well Randi is in his 80s, so ill health is hardly a risky prediction. But sorry Nikki, even if he died that won’t make the challenge disappear. His foundation will live on and so will the challenge — and so will your obvious dodging.
What we have here is another con (wo)man tap dancing her way out of being exposed as a fraud.