Original Alpha Kid, Michael Edwards pays a visit to the foundation and recalls some of the behind the scenes tricks that he and Steve Shaw (Banachek) did during the MacLab test.
Project Alpha was an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the stage magician and skeptic James Randi. It involved planting two fake psychics, Steve Shaw (now better known as Banachek) and Michael Edwards, into a paranormal research project. During the initial stages of the investigation, the researchers came to believe that the pair's psychic powers were real. However, more formal experiments, as well as criticism from both the parapsychology community and Mr. Randi himself, led them to dismiss their initial trust. The hoax was later revealed publicly.
The success of Project Alpha led Randi to use variations of the technique on several other occasions.
Great info on the Project Alpha Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Alpha
Watch part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMj38lF2U5k