Randi got married

During his onstage interview this afternoon, James Randi announced that ten days ago he married his partner of 27 years, artist Jose Alvarez, whose real name is Devyi Pena. This was presaged by a slide in Michael Shermer’s talk this morning, which, when touching on gay marriage, showed a picture of Randi and Alvarez in tuxes with carnations in their lapels.)

When asked by the interviewer about his “news,” Randi raised his hand, displaying a wedding ring, and said it was not for decoration: he and Alvarez had gotten married in Washington, D.C. a bit more than a week ago.  Randi flew there; Alvarez, who can’t fly because he’s restricted due to a legal conviction, drove up. D. C. is the closest place to Florida where gay couples can be legally married. The audience gave Randi a standing ovation.

The discussion itself involved two filmmakers who have made a documentary on Randi that will soon be released; they screened several clips from the movie. The last one showed Randi returning home after a long trip, displaying his new silver-headed cane (“I guess I’ll have to find some silver cane-head polish,” he said) and being embraced lovingly by Alvarez. It was a very touching scene, and many people teared up.

I hope to meet Randi at the speakers’ reception tomorrow after my talk. He really is amazing, and was hugely entertaining in the conversation.

22 Comments

  1. jesperbothpedersen1
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Mazel Tov!

    • Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      Took the words right out of my mou…er, fingers!

      Most Amazing news of the day.

      b&

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow 27 years! Impressive! Great for Randi and Alvarez!

  3. NewEnglandBob
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Aww, he’s no longer available. ;)

    Congratulations, Randi!

  4. Grania Spingies
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Randi!
    It’s about time too :)

  5. Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Powerful stuff!

  6. gbjames
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Good or Randi!

    • gbjames
      Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      *for

    • Posted July 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

      Give me a choice between Goode and Randi, and I’ll pick Randi every single time.

      Cheers,

      b&

  7. Shwell Thanksh
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    That’s so cool! Hooray for the Amazing Randi, and many more happy years to the happy couple.

  8. mordacious1
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    How nice!

  9. Posted July 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see this announced publicly!

    Jerry you might want to edit that. You say “James Randi announced that ten days ago he married his partner of 27 years” but then you say “he and Alvarez had gotten married in Washington, D.C. a bit more than a week ago”.

    It would be nice to know the actual day they did marry.

    I heard from a friend on July 4 that they were getting married on Thursday 4 July or Friday 5 July (and I announced it at the JREF Forum).

    But still, yay, Randi and Deyvi! :)

  10. Mike Leegaard
    Posted July 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    That is fantastic. I am very happy for them.

  11. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Congrats to them both.

  12. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to “Randi et al”!

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 13, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

      Ah, this time it warrants gender specification (well, meaning implied, but for practice):

      Randi et alii.

      • James Walker
        Posted July 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        Wouldn’t that be “Randi et alius”, since there’s only one other person involved? ;-)

  13. truthspeaker
    Posted July 13, 2013 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to both!

  14. Posted July 13, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    That’s fantastic! (and thanks to the death of DOMA, I hope this takes care of a certain immigration issue)

  15. Sergio RE
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to both of you, I wish you many, many more years happy together, best of luck!

  16. Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I’m SOOO Happy for you!!! :-D How Wonderful!!!

  17. Posted July 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy for you both and happy it was now possible. May you each live 100 years so that you can enjoy your union to the fullest. Many blessings from Brigitte Grisanti .


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