Menu

The $250k Challenge

Can you demonstrate paranormal ability?
Are you interested in earning $250,000 dollars?

The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (CFIIG) at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles offers a $250,000 prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event. The CFIIG works with the applicant in designing the test protocol and defining the conditions under which a test will take place. CFIIG representatives will then administer the actual test. In most cases, the applicant will be asked to perform an informal demonstration of the claimed ability or phenomenon, which if successful will be followed by the formal test. The CFIIG conducts all demonstrations and tests at our site in Hollywood, California or at one of our affiliates, except in special circumstances.

Interested?

For more information on the CFIIG $250,000 Challenge please see the Terms and Conditions


$250,000 for you and $5,000 more for the person who finds you!

If you pass the CFIIG Challenge, we’ll pay you $250,000, and pay $5,000 to the person who refers a claimant who wins the Challenge. Spread the word – even those without special powers can be $5,000 richer.

Note: The $5,000 referral award is only paid when the referred claimant wins the CFIIG Challenge.

Where can I be tested?

The CFIIG is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and has an active group in the San Francisco Bay area. We also work with other skeptic groups, including the James Randi Educational FoundationNew England Skeptical SocietyNational Capital Area SkepticsNorth Texas SkepticsAustralian Skeptics, and several others, but we are not officially affiliated with those organizations.

The CFIIG also works with Field Investigators, certain individuals around the U.S. and other parts of the world who occasionally assist us in testing for the $250,000 Challenge.

Note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to get to one of the CFIIG groups in California, or to travel to someone else who has been sanctioned by the CFIIG to conduct a test on our behalf.

What does it cost?

Due to the high volume of applicants, as of January 1, 2020, there is a $10 fee to apply for the CFIIG $250,000 Challenge. No application will be answered or processed until payment is received.

Applicants must pay any costs incurred during the testing phase, including, but not limited to costs associated with transportation, lodging, meals, and any other travel expenses.