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Henry Gordon (magician)

Henry Gordon (March 19, 1919 - January 24, 2009) was a Canadian author, journalist, magician and skeptic.[1][2]

Gordon a professional magician was the founder of the Ontario Skeptics and a member of Skeptics Canada. He was also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI). He was well known for his exposures of psychics such as Uri Geller and Shirley Maclaine.[3]

For two years, Gordon wrote the debunking column "Extrasensory Deception" for the Toronto Sun. He also wrote the regular column "Debunking" for the Toronto Star’s Sunday paper.[4] Many of his columns were published in his book Extrasensory Deception: ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs (Macmillan of Canada, 1988). In 1992 the Committee of Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP) presented Gordon with the Responsibility in Journalism Award.[5]


  • Extrasensory Deception: ESP, Psychics, Shirley MacLaine, Ghosts, UFOs. (1988). Macmillan of Canada. ISBN 0-7715-9539-5
  • Channeling Into The New Age: The 'Teachings' of Shirley MacLaine and Other Such Gurus. (1988). Prometheus Books. ISBN 0-87975-503-2


  1. ^ Jason Miller. (2009). "Henry Gordon, 89: Magician, debunker". Toronto Star.
  2. ^ Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present By Whaley, Bart (1990)
  3. ^ Eric McMillan. (2009). "Henry Gordon has died". Association for Science and Reason.
  4. ^ Justin Trottier. (2009). "Remembering Henry Gordon, Magician, Skeptic, Debunker". Skeptical Inquirer.
  5. ^ "CSICOP's 1992 Awards". Skeptical Inquirer. 17 (3): 236. 1993.