The latest and silliest

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Fri, 26 Jan 1996 14:20:24 -0500

SILLIER AND SILLIER....

Hard to believe, but the Quadro QRS 250G Tracker story
gets bigger by the minute. In the last two days I've
handled some 200+ messages here on the Internet about the
subject, the media have tied me up on the phone, via fax,
and in person, and there seems no end to how incredibly
silly the whole Quadro operation is. Try this on for
size:

The FBI, during their raid on the Quadro Corporation
headquarters in Harleyville, SC, entered the "secret
research facility," as Quadro president/founder Wade
Quattlebaum called it. There they were shown how the
"signature cards" -- which are said to be tuned to the
"molecular frequency" of the substance being sought --
were prepared. I hope you're seated as I describe this.

To prepare a "carbocrystalized signature card" tuned to
cocaine, the white-gloved Quattlebaum took a Polaroid
photo of the substance. That photo was then taken to
what appeared, to the uninitiated person, to be a Canon
copier. In actuality, explained Quattlebaum, this was an
"electromagnetic frequency transfer unit." Science
marches on. An enlarged photocopy of the Polaroid photo
was made, which "extracted the molecular structure and
its subsequent frequency emission from the photo." That
piece of paper was then cut into tiny squares, one of
which was inserted into the plastic "signature card"
chip. Et le voila!

But there's more! Aware that some competitor might cut
open the plastic chip and discover this high-tech secret,
and sure that foreign governments would want to steal
this technological leap, Quattlebaum cunningly changed
over to making the photocopies ON BLACK CONSTRUCTION
PAPER, so that the image could not be seen.....

To turn to a cheerier development in human progress, I
must tell you of an article in the November, 1993, issue
of "Coonhound Bloodlines," a journal with which not many
of us will be familiar. Under the "Product Review"
section, an author named Steve Fielder wrote a 5-page
analysis of the Quadro QRS 550 DL Tracker, a variation on
the regular model, designed by the geniuses at
Harleyville to locate lost coon dogs. Mr. Fielder, after
three months of trying to use the toy, did a most
perceptive, penetrating and sensible investigation, and
concluded, in part:

It is my opinion that...as long as the user knows
where the [target] is, he will be totally
convinced that the unit works....I believe that
the user can unconsciously influence the movement
of the antenna. The unit is intricately balanced
and can be moved from right to left with the
slightest tilt of the hand.

And there, from a non-scientist who has the good sense to
examine the device carefully and without bias, is the
"secret" behind the success of the Quadro Corporation in
selling their products.

Mr. Fielder, my compliments. You have done what numerous
highly-educated academics, chiefs of police, school
principals and journalists have found to be beyond their
abilities. It's called "common sense," and it is not
taught at schools.

More, much more, anon.....
James Randi.