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Great American Skeptics
  • Ben Franklin, Scientist and Skeptic!
  • The Power of Mesmerism?
  • Franklin’s Scientific Tests of Mesmerism
  • Why is “Spiritualism” Bad?
  • The Great Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Houdini vs. Spiritualism
  • Mark Twain Takes Part in a Psychic Scam
  • Twain vs. Phrenology
  • Johnny Carson vs. a Psychic Spoon-bender
  • Carson vs. a Faith Healer
  • Carson’s support for the James Randi Educational Foundation

written by Daniel Loxton
and James Loxton;
illustrations by Daniel Loxton
and Jim WW Smith

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Hello!

I’m Daniel, the Editor of Junior Skeptic. I’d like to introduce you to my brother James Loxton, my co-writer for this issue on great American skeptics.

We chose this issue’s theme purely for fun — of course every country has its great detectives, scientists, and critical thinkers.

James and I are Canadians. All the same, it’s fascinating to think that world-famous figures from American history also helped shed light on weird paranormal mysteries!

Who were they? Let’s find out!

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