Banachek – From the Inside of Being a Mentalist

August 12, 2021

It’s a rare person indeed who can trick and amaze people on one hand while reassuring them that what they are experiencing is not real. Meet Banachek. He’s not only an illusionist, magician, mentalist extraordinaire, he’s a skeptic’s skeptic who for decades has been instrumental in exposing fraud and deception.

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, Jim talks to Banachek about his life as a performer, investigator, and man on a mission. Banachek talks about what led him into magic and mentalism, his relationship with James Randi, how he tricked scientists into believing he was a psychic, his new show at the Stratosphere, and more.

For more information about Banachek, or to get tickets to his mentalism show at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, visit

This Week’s Music

“Bon Journée” by Chad Crouch / CC BY-NC 3.0
“Idle Ways” by Blue Dot Sessions / CC BY-NC 4.0

Jim Underdown

Jim Underdown

Jim Underdown is executive director of Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles, and the founder of the Independent Investigations Group.