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Ray Hyman

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Ray Hyman
BornRaymond Hyman
June 23, 1928
Chelsea, Massachusetts

Ray Hyman (b.1928) is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and a noted critic of parapsychology.[1]


While attending Boston University as a young man, he also worked as a magician and mentalist, impressing the head of his department with his palmistry. Hyman at one point believed that 'reading' the lines on a person's palm could provide insights into their nature, but later discovered that the person's reaction to the reading had little to do with the actual lines on the palm. This led to his interest in psychology. He is a founding member and distinguished Fellow for The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI).[2][3]

Dr. Hyman's skills (which he calls "manipulating perception") earned him a cover of The Linking Ring. He was president of the ring 238 of the IBM in Oregon, received the The Linking Ring Award in Mentalism (1950s) and the Shield Award for over continuous 35 years as a member of the IBM.

He contributed to books and magazines including "Concepts never die" to Professional Magic Made Easy by Bruce Elliott in 1959.


  • Ray Hyman's Lecture Notes: More or Less
  • Andrus Card Control (with Jerry Andrus) (1976)
  • "Cold Reading: How To Convince Strangers That You Know All About Them" in The Zetetic (now The Skeptical Inquirer) Vol. I, No. 2, 1977 pp. 18-37.
  • Ray Hyman Parade, Linking Ring, June 1952


  1. Cover, The Linking Ring Vol. 32, No. 4, June 1952, Ray Hyman – His Story, by Eddie Clever, page 23, Ray Hyman Parade, by Eddie Clever, page 55
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