List of prizes for evidence of the paranormal
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In 1922, Scientific American made two US$2,500 offers: (1), for the first authentic spirit photograph made under test conditions, and (2), for the first psychic to produce a "visible psychic manifestation." Harry Houdini was a member of the investigating committee. The first medium to be tested was George Valiantine, who claimed that in his presence spirits would speak through a trumpet that floated around a darkened room. For the test, Valiantine was placed in a room, the lights were extinguished, but unbeknownst to him his chair had been rigged to light a signal in an adjoining room if he left his seat. Because the light signals were tripped during his performance, Valiantine did not collect the award.
Since then, many individuals and groups have offered similar monetary awards for proof of the paranormal in an observed setting. These prizes have a combined value of over $1.69 million USD (plus additional $13,000 in years 2012-2013 in Sisyphus project). As of August 2014[update], none of the prizes have been claimed.
|1963||Abraham Kovoor||100,000 LKR||(US$901 approx) Kovoor initiated the Abraham Kovoor's challenge starting in 1963.||Yes|
|N/A||Alfredo Barrago's Bet||€50,000||(US$67,922 approx) "... shown at least a "phenomenon" produced by "medium, seers, sensitive etc." of paranormal nature."||Yes|
|N/A||Association for Skeptical Enquiry||£13,000||(US$20,942 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||Australian Skeptics||A$100,000||(US$101,374 approx) For proof of the existence of extrasensory perception, telepathy, or telekinesis.||Yes|
|N/A||Basava Premanand||100,000 INR||(US$2,190 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||Center for Inquiry West||US$50,000||For "a demonstration of so-called paranormal ability scientifically tested onstage".||Yes|
|2000||Independent Investigations Group||US$50,000||Contact email@example.com for more information. Challenge rules located at http://www.iigwest.org/challenge.html.||Yes|
|1989–present||Skepsis ry (Finnish Association of Skeptics)||€10,000||(US$13,584 approx) For anybody in Finland who can produce paranormal phenomena under satisfactory observing conditions or prove that she/he/it is an extraterrestrial by providing a DNA sample for investigation. Money partially from Hannu Karttunen and Iiro Seppänen.||Yes|
|N/A||Indian Skeptic 100,000 Paranormal Challenge||100,000 INR||(US$2,190 approx)||Yes|
|1968–present||James Randi One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge||US$1,000,000||Largest prize money in US dollars.||Yes|
|N/A||Kazakhstan Commission for the Investigation of Anomalous Phenomena||US$1,000||Yes|
|N/A||Les Sceptiques du Quebec||CA$10,000||(US$10,132 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||New York Area Skeptics||US$2,000||Awarded to the successful completion of the JREF One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.||Yes|
|N/A||North Texas Skeptics||US$12,000||Yes|
|N/A||Philip J. Klass (deceased)||US$10,000||For proof of an extraterrestrial visit to the Earth.||Yes|
|N/A||Science and Rationalists' Association of India||50,000 INR||Association will pay Rs. 50,000 to anyone can demonstrate a supernatural power in presence of Members of the Association.||Yes|
|N/A||Scientific American||US$2,500||Two US$2,500 offers: (1) for the first authentic spirit photograph made under test conditions, and (2) for the first psychic to produce a "visible psychic manifestation." From 1922.||Yes|
|1999–present||Sima Nan||1,000,000 CNY||(US$157,500 approx) Can be won in conjunction with the JREF One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge prize.||Yes|
|N/A||Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World||NZ$100,000||(US$76,989 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||Swedish Humanist Association||100,000 SEK||(US$15,421 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||Eesti Skeptik||1,000 EUR||(US$1,300 approx)||Yes|
|N/A||Raul Jaanson||6,000 EUR||(US$8,000 approx)||Yes|
|2007–2009||Eng. Sanad Rashed and Ahmed Khaled Tawfik||US$5,000||For proof ouija boards function as claimed.||Yes|
|1987–2002||Henri Broch, Jacques Theodor, Gérard Majax||€200,000||International Zetetic Challenge||Yes|
|2004–present||Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften||10,000 EUR||(US$13,000 approx)||Yes|
|2011–present||Daniel Zepeda||MX$20,000||Challenge rules and information at http://papaesceptico.com/reto-paranormal-de-papa-esceptico/||Yes|
|2012–present||Sri Lanka Rationalist Association||1,000,000 LKR||(US$7,675 approx) Contact +94727449599, +94773119398, +94777295200 for information and entry.||Yes|
|2012-2013||SKEPP||10,000 EUR||(US$13,000 approx) For the duration of one year. In association with the Sisyphus project.||Yes|
|1984||Tarksheel Society||1 crore (10 million) INR||(US$162,032 approx)||Yes|
|2014||Český klub skeptiků Sisyfos||1,000,000 CZK||Challenge rules and information at http://www.falesni-hraci.cz/cs/paranormalni-vyzva/informace||Yes|
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- Worldwide list maintained by the Association for Skeptical Enquiry
- Application form for the James Randi challenge
- The IIG $50,000 Paranormal Challenge
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