The Mask of Nostradamus

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The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer
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Author James Randi
Country United States
Publisher Prometheus Books
Publication date
1993 [1990]
Media type Paperback (1993), Hardcover (1990)
Pages 256 pp
ISBN 0-87975-830-9
OCLC 27034316
133.3/092 B
LC Class BF1815.N8 R35 1993

The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer is a 1990 book by magician and skeptic James Randi, published in paperback in 1993. Randi's biography looks past the "mask" of Nostradamus with a critical look at some of his alleged prophecies.


New Scientist wrote the book was a good biography exploring how people rewrite Nostradamus's predictions to give the illusion of fulfilled predictions.[1] The Skeptic's Dictionary cites Randi as debunking Nostradamus' claimed predictions of Adolf Hitler.[2]

John Koontz wrote about the book that "Randi can provide a much more parsimonious explanation than any given by true believers in prophecy".[3]

John Blanton explains that in the book Randi described prophecy's believers willingness to bend the meanings of words in favor of their claims about Nostradamus.[4]

The book received an average of 3.82 out of 5 stars at Goodreads, from 138 readers' ratings.[5]


  • French edition by Editions Griot, 1994, as Le vrai visage de Nostradamus;
  • Polish edition, 1994, as Nostradamus Bez Maski;
  • Italian edition by Avverbi, 2001, as La maschera di Nostradamus;
  • Chinese edition, 2001.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grossman, Wendi (10 November 1990). "Review: There are no prophets with honour". New Scientist (issue 1742). Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Robert (2007). "Nostradamus". The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  3. ^ Koontz, John (February 1998). "Nostradamus" (PDF). The Atheist. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  4. ^ Blanton, John (February 2003). "Nostradamus". North Texas Skeptics. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  5. ^ "The Mask of Nostradamus by James Randi". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 

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