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Prove Your Paranormal Powers and Win $250,000

Could you use an extra $250,000? Did you know I was going to ask that question? Can you prove it and do it again? What am I thinking now? If you said, “This is so easy, tell me more!”, then you’ve come to the right place. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

“For two decades, CFIIG has offered those who profess to have supernatural, paranormal, or occult abilities the opportunity to definitively prove their claims under mutually agreed upon testing conditions.”

CFIIG is the Center for Inquiry Investigations Group. It was founded in 2000 as the Independent Investigations Group, an organization of volunteers founded by James Underdown, the executive director of The Center for Inquiry (CFI) Los Angeles. CFI is “an international nonprofit organization that advances reason, science, and humanist values” which includes Skeptical Inquirer magazine, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and Quackwatch to investigate skeptical medical claims. The two organizations eventually joined to form CFIIG, the largest paranormal investigation group in the world.

OK, now do it again in Los Angeles.

“For several years, the award for passing the CFIIG Challenge was $100,000, but no one has ever been able to claim the prize. That award has now been raised to $250,000.”

The CFIIG Challenge invites anyone with paranormal, supernatural, or occult powers to come to the headquarters in Hollywood and demonstrate them informally and then formally under strict protocols and stringent mutually-agreed-upon test conditions. For those who can’t travel to LA, CFIIG says it can sometimes make arrangements to have the tests conducted elsewhere by its sanctioned Field Investigators.

“We have tested many kinds of claims, including dowsing, clairaudience, mind reading, and even psychic animals.”

According to the FAQs, the best way to decide if you’re eligible is if you can explain your power beginning with the words “I can …” If you can call a UFO or an extraterrestrial or a spirit on command and the entities can follow an order to lift or levitate an object, that’s testable. Photos or videos of the performance are not acceptable. CFIIG has tested a telepathic dog and people claiming telekinetic, psychic or telepathic healing abilities, to name a few. About 6 to ten tests are conducted per year. Has anyone ever won the prize?

“Not yet.”

Why do you think they upped the ante? Not only that, they offer a $5,000 finder’s fee to anyone who recommends a $250,000 winner.

You probably already know this, but you can apply online here or fill out a form here. And yes, they’re conducting tests during the pandemic. On June 25, 2020, CFIIG tested a man (TR) who claimed he could shoot static electricity from his hands, create lightning in the sky, and teleport himself at least 3 feet. The judges wore masks and everyone practiced safe distancing. All of the man’s claims were tested with recording devices running. And? Come on, you already know the answer:

“The CFIIG and TR parted amicably, after it was agreed that no paranormal powers had occurred.”

You could be next. And if you are, you should know if you won already. Have you spent the money yet?

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Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.
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