Mega Genius®, a registered trademark and service mark, is a pseudonym for Jim Diamond, a retired American magician of stage and television, also known worldwide as “The Man with the Perfect IQ™.”
He is an internationally recognized expert consultant in human intelligence, IQ test scores, genius IQ, the highest IQ possible, and author of The Mega Genius® Lectures, an evolutionary tool consisting of more than 66 audio recordings used in more than 120 countries for effectively increasing intelligence and attaining genius IQ.
Mega Genius® has the highest documented overall level of intellectual performance possible on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, Revised, the most accurate and valid intelligence test of the 21st century for adults. He is the only person to have respectfully resigned from Mensa and all the other major high-IQ societies in the world, because none was able to maintain his interest intellectually.
Acclaimed worldwide by the news media, Mega Genius has been featured prominently in numerous newspapers and hundreds of radio and television stations, from Sydney to Amsterdam to Los Angeles.
Jim Diamond was born in Ohio, USA. His mother was an accomplished singer and his father a professional Hawaiian steel guitarist and methods engineer.
At age five, Jim picked up the telephone and summoned the police to his neighborhood, which adjoined a country club, to control a “riot” at his family’s residence. Moments later, Jim explained to his astonished father and an anxious police squad that his 10-year-old brother had been teasing him, and demanded that the police put the kibosh on that. The police roared with laughter and the news media ran with the story. Little Jim’s solution worked, though! His brother never teased him again.
Jim knew what he wanted and how to get it. By age six, he had become intensely interested in magic (perhaps to make those who annoyed him disappear). At age seven, he solved a brainteaser for adults, winning the grand prize in a radio call-in contest. Then he convinced the show’s sponsor, who was a professional magician, to award him used magical apparatus in place of the grand prize. Then Jim turned professional himself, charging each child in his neighborhood 10-cents admission to see his backyard magic show. By age 12, he was performing professionally for nationally prominent corporations, before audiences of thousands.
As a pre-teen, Jim began corresponding with Dorothy Fuldheim, the “First Lady of Television News,” at WEWS-TV, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Fuldheim was the first woman in the United States to have her own television news analysis program, and later became the first woman in the U.S. to anchor a television news broadcast. Her interviewees included Albert Einstein, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, the Duke of Windsor, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barbara Walters, and President Ronald Reagan.
When Jim was 16, he and Dorothy Fuldheim forged a pact. She promised her continual support in exchange for his promise to significantly advance the evolution of humanity during his lifetime.
The following year, Jim performed for his high school’s annual talent show as both a standup comedian and as the master of ceremonies.
Jim bet the seniors in his high school’s physics classes that he could surpass all of them in the school’s annual science fair, despite being merely a junior and never having taken a course in physics. Then he constructed a six-foot tall (1.83 meters) Van de Graaff electrostatic generator that produced rapid bursts of 1,000,000-volt bolts of lightning, which he then used to discover a previously unexplained electrical phenomenon that he later demonstrated for scientists at Heidelberg University.
For his innovation and scientific discovery, Jim won “first prize in physics” at the science fair, with a rating of “superior.” That same year, he was inducted into the Ohio Academy of Science. Soon thereafter, while enrolled at Ashland University, he accepted an offer by the U.S. Government to undergo intensive training in advanced classified electronics.
Throughout the 1960s, “The Amazing Mr. Diamond” was showcased in theaters and nightclubs throughout the United States, and on all the major television networks.
"Those were the early days of color television, beginning in 1966, when all three networks began airing full color, prime time schedules. Those of us on camera had to wear a spectrum of theatrical cosmetics — Maui-tan pancake makeup, lapis lazuli colored contact lenses, and pepper-red lipstick — so as not to appear washed out and lifeless on television. Studio makeup artists decorated us as if we were corpses, while NBC advertised that we were in ‘living color.’"
In the late 1960s, while living in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Jim Diamond opened “The Diamond Palace,” a jewelry store specializing in diamonds, near Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Amazing Mr. Diamond then distributed thousands of his business cards — the most expensive in the world — each of which was embedded with a genuine one-half carat solitaire diamond.
Seymour Heller, who managed Ginger Rogers, Liberacé, Lawrence Welk, Glenn Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Regis Philbin, and many other stars, suggested the idea to Diamond since the magician owned a jewelry store. No one ever tossed away one of Diamond’s business cards and everyone remembered his name. Jim Diamond’s career as a professional magician spanned 45 years, until 1992.
The World’s Greatest Illusion?
On October 23, 1976, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Houdini’s passing, Jim Diamond presented a “magical effect” that he billed as “an attempt to escape from the laws of the physical universe.”
He arranged through the offices of Joe Albritton, the owner of the Washington Star newspaper, for an official 12-member committee to photograph and fingerprint him that morning, on the balcony of the Los Angeles County Art Museum.
Moments later, at 11:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, in full view and surrounded by hundreds of spectators, in what the committee later described as “a singular, brilliant flash of light,” Diamond’s body appeared to dematerialize.
At the same instant, three time zones away, at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (11:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time), he reappeared near the White House grounds, 2300 miles (3700 Kilometers) away, in Washington, D.C., surrounded by hundreds of spectators who had been awaiting his arrival. He was then immediately photographed and fingerprinted again, by an official 12-member reception committee.
As verified by the Washington Star, the images in the photographs from both locations matched perfectly, as did both sets of fingerprints.
At the offices of the Washington Star, Diamond offered an immediate $5,000 cash award to anyone who could prove that either set of fingerprints, or either of the official photographs, was fraudulent. No one ever challenged their validity.
The Amazing Mr. Diamond explained later:
"It was either the largest and most incredible illusion in the annals of modern magic, even to this day, or it was the first and only reliably witnessed and fully documented transcontinental teleportation. I will let you decide."
Then he issued a press release, challenging anyone to accept his offer to publicly repeat his transcontinental teleportation, anytime within the following year, for a $1,000,000 cash performance fee.
A year later, in October of 1977, Diamond raised his performance fee to $10,000,000. On June 22, 2001, 25 years after the Million-Dollar Miracle, Diamond unexpectedly revealed how he had done it.
“I did it,” he explained, “the same way anyone else would have done it.”
In 2003, Jim Diamond and James Randi, known as “The Amazing Randi,” a challenger of paranormal claims, sought to reach an agreement for Diamond to repeat the transcontinental teleportation. However, there was no resultant meeting of the minds. Regarding Diamond’s $10,000,000 performance fee, Randi wrote, “It’s just too steep for me.”
The discovery of an American treasure
In 1966, at age 23, Jim Diamond wandered into a dingy antique shop, past a sign that proclaimed, “Come in and see what Grandma threw away.” In a dim corner, he spied a dusty 15-inch-tall pair of matching Bristol glass vases. Each bore an illustrious painting of The Spirit of ’76 — two marching American Revolutionary War drummers and a fifer — by Archibald M. Willard. The Spirit of ’76 was the most popular painting by an American artist.
Diamond suspected that Grandma should have kept her glasses on, and that the images were not reproductions, but lost national treasures, original versions of the most popular patriotic painting in the world. Therefore he bought the vases.
The following year, Diamond discovered their secret. A sole member of A. M. Willard’s immediate family still survived. Alden B. Hare, Executive Secretary of The A. M. Willard Museum Society, was an adopted son of the famous artist. He had grown up in the artist’s home and knew that A. M. Willard had painted original versions of The Spirit of ’76 on two fragile Bristol glass vases, in the 1870s, for the artist’s personal enjoyment. After the artist’s death, in 1918, the objets d’art had been lost. The elderly Alden B. Hare had had been searching for The Spirit of ’76 Vases for most of his life.
Diamond journeyed 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) to meet the aged man. On August 11, 1967, Alden B. Hare examined the two Bristol Glass paintings and executed an “affidavit of authenticity,” certifying that he was “…convinced they are the two vases which rested on the mantel of the east parlor of the house of Archibald M. Willard at 4933 Holyoke Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, approximately sixty (60) years ago [circa 1907] when I lived there.”
Diamond had discovered, and preserved for posterity, two American treasures that symbolized the birth of The United States of America, which had been lost for more than a half-century.
In November of 1967, Mrs. Juanita Roberts, Personal Secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Miss Betty South, Assistant to Mrs. Hubert H. Humphrey, wife of the Vice President, began negotiations with Diamond to obtain The Spirit of ’76 Vases for permanent display upon a marble mantel in the East Room of The White House, one of the most famous rooms in America. Unfortunately, however, no agreement was reached.
On the morning of March 25, 1968, The Honorable Calvin Rampton, Governor of Utah, and Jim Diamond jointly displayed The Spirit of ’76 Vases at “Gallery 268,” a professional art showplace in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, as reported by ABC’s KCPX-TV news.
That afternoon, at Governor Rampton’s request, he and Jim Diamond posed for a series of official photographs with The Spirit of ’76 Vases in the Governor’s Office, in the Utah State Capitol Building. Later that day, NBC’s KSL-TV studios showcased The Spirit of ’76 Vases and Diamond’s remarkable story of the loss, and his eventual discovery, of two of America’s most symbolic national treasures.
On April 11, 1970, The Spirit of ’76 Vases were exhibited publicly for the last time, in Los Angeles, at a fine arts gallery and International sanctum for stars of stage, television and motion pictures. On April 12, a large photograph of them and Jim Diamond was featured prominently in the Los Angeles Times.
In 1971, both Boeing 707s in the U.S. presidential fleet, commonly known as Air Force One, were designated by President Nixon as The Spirit of ’76.
Jim Diamond still owns The Spirit of ’76 Vases, although he has not exhibited them publicly since 1970.
"The Spirit of '76 Vases" at the last public exhibition, Los Angeles, California – 1970
Additional Business Activities
Jim Diamond has been a lecturer and consultant on the anatomy and capabilities of the human mind; a corporate and political speechwriter; an import-export entrepreneur; an advanced avionics consultant; a corporate photographer; and, a philanthropist.
From 1971 to 1972, he served as Executive Vice-president of the National Heritage Foundation, Inc. and, from 1971 to 1976, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Houdini Institute, Inc.
From 1976 to 1984, as a registered representative of the National Association of Securities Dealers, he served as Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for the financial services division of the American conglomerate Gulf+Western Industries, now Viacom and CBS Corporation, which published many of his corporate photographs and more than 30 million words of his technical writing.
Since 1976 he has written professionally for many diverse publications, such as The Detroit Free Press, The Santa Monica Outlook, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and The Los Angeles Times.
From 1982 to 1984, Jim Diamond was Editor-in-Chief of the financial magazine The Hourglass. His friend, President Ronald Reagan, whose office was near Diamond’s, in Century City, California, wrote the introduction to the first issue.
Since 1967, Jim Diamond has been involved in competitive intelligence and has had access to various restricted military properties, including Hickam Air Force Base, on the Island of O'ahu, and the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance (GEODSS) site, operated by the U.S. Air Force Space Command, atop Haleakala volcano, on the Island of Maui, in the Hawaiian Islands.
Currently, he is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mega Genius, Inc, a corporation providing advanced technologies and consultations regarding genius IQ and the highest IQ possible, designed to significantly increase the intelligence of clients in more than 120 countries worldwide.
In 1985, Robert M. Brook, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Diplomate, Neuropsychology, at the Assessment & Psychological Consultation Center, in Santa Monica, California, officially evaluated Jim Diamond’s level of intellectual functioning. As documented by Dr. Brook, “The evaluation session extended for two hours of face-to-face contact and no rest breaks were taken,” as Diamond did not need any.
According to Dr. Brook, Mega Genius’® overall level of intellectual performance is, at least “…in the higher range of ‘Very Superior’ functioning, [the highest category of intelligence],” impacting the uppermost limit of that scale. In brief, his intelligence level “collides” with the top of the IQ scale and continues to “some unknown and immeasurable point.”
Jim Diamond, who has held memberships in numerous high-IQ societies, is the only person to have resigned from every major high-IQ society in the world because none was able to hold his interest intellectually.
In 2010, he also resigned from Ingenium High IQ Society, UNIQ Society, LOGIQ Society, and Coeus Society, in which he had been awarded honorary memberships.
He has recently chosen to rejoin the Triple Nine Society (20 times as restrictive as Mensa), and is also a member of Hall of the Ancients, which requires an IQ of at least 160, equivalent to the 99.99 percentile of intelligence.
The Mega Genius® Lectures
In 2001, the United States Department of Commerce registered the mark “Mega Genius” to Jim Diamond, as both a trademark and service mark. In 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office established his ownership as “incontestable.”
In November 2000, as a contribution to humanity’s evolution into the twentieth-first century, Jim Diamond, as Mega Genius®, announced his discovery of “The Genius Formula™,” a revolutionary technique to enable others, of at least average intelligence, to significantly increase their intelligence toward genius IQ, and even the highest IQ possible.
During the week from November 15 to November 22, 2000, he recorded The Mega Genius® Lectures, consisting of “The Genius Formula™ Series,” “The Uncommon Sense Series,” and “The Whole Truth Series.” In those 34 lectures, of some 24 hours duration, he explained every major aspect of humanity’s existence, “from beyond the top of the IQ scale.” Never before had anyone attempted such an endeavor.
The Mega Genius® Lectures, released first as tape cassettes, then as compact discs, and available now as MP3 files, have been publicized on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN television, MSNBC, Talk Radio Network, ClearChannel, SIRIUS Satellite radio, Reuters News Service, EIN News (in more than 300 countries and regions), and many other radio stations, magazines and newspapers around the globe. They have been disseminated extensively throughout the United States, and more than 120 other countries, and are recognized as the most advanced technique of the 21st century for attaining genius IQ and even the highest IQ possible.
In November 2010, Mega Genius® recorded Level IV of The Mega Genius® Lectures, 10 more evolutionary MP3 recordings, titled “The Lost Wisdom Series.”
Jim Diamond’s fame today rests not upon past IQ scores, high-IQ societies and memberships, but directly upon enthusiastic worldwide acclaim for The Mega Genius® Lectures and the remarkable IQ test scores commonly attained by those who have listened to, and applied, the series of 44 downloadable MP3 audio recordings.
“The Stupidest Statements Awards”
Annually, for years, Mega Genius® released his “Stupidest Statements Awards,” which he bestowed upon the famous for their misjudgments and misstatements, or what he called “crash-and-burn lapses in intelligence.” The awards were “just for fun.”
Originally intended as a way to poke fun at some of his celebrated friends, Diamond’s “Stupidest Statements Awards” continually attracted worldwide attention, through television, newspapers, magazines and nationally syndicated talk radio programs.
Jack the Ripper
On October 31, 2009, Mega Genius® once again demonstrated the supreme workability of “The Genius Formula™.” This time, he accepted the challenge of applying it to the world’s most famous murder mystery, which had baffled London’s renowned Scotland Yard for more than 120 years — the confounding case of Jack the Ripper.
Case solved! Using only the 3 steps of “The Genius Formula™,” Mega Genius® not only solved the mystery of Jack the Ripper's identity, but proved it by identifying the masterfully elusive serial killer by name!
Personal Life and Trivia
Mega Genius® has no allergies, phobias, or other physical or mental maladies.
He finds time to travel more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) annually on his "TREK One" bicycle.
He is an avid collector of rare yo-yos, including bandalores, Flores yo-yos, Duncan tins, jeweled Duncans, Cheerios and Goody yo-yos, and Royals. Described as "a serious collector" by Dr. John Meisenheimer, the world's foremost authority on collectible yo-yos, Mega Genius® has been authenticated as follows:
He is the only collector in the world known to possess a complete collection of all five models of Kayson's yo-yos, a very collectible line manufactured in the 1930s.
He is also the only collector in the world known to possess either a "Duncan Tournament Big 'G' Genuine Pat. Pend." or a "Duncan Tournament Little 'G' Genuine Pat. Pend." (he has both), two of the earliest yo-yos ever produced by the famous Duncan Company. Both were manufactured in 1931.
He has received one-on-one instruction in exhibition yo-yoing from all four National Yo-Yo Grand Masters, who hold the world’s highest rank in yo-yoing: Dale Oliver, Dale Myrberg, Bill de Boiseblanc and Dennis McBride.
He has been affectionately known through the years at the annual World Yo-Yo Contest® as “The Door Nazi.” (Always ensuring that no one gets in without the proper credentials.)
In 1992, at the request of U.S. Army General H. “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf, Jr., Jim Diamond sneaked the General into the Grand Wailea Hotel, Resort and Spa, on the Island of Maui, in the Hawaiian Islands, successfully preventing him from being recognized by anyone. At that time, General Schwarzkopf was one of the most famous and recognizable of all Americans.
“More than 99 percent of people use the identical formula to make important decisions, and that formula is dead wrong!”
“The fundamental secret to thinking like a genius is in not thinking like a fool, which is the essential difference between a moron and a genius.”
“Mankind cannot figure out what is wrong with society: It is merely an absence of wisdom.”
“Anytime that you cannot laugh, you are off the track.”
“Anything completely understood is simple.”
“Show me a person with a high IQ who is unhappy and I will show you a person whose intelligence has not been measured accurately. Unhappiness is never an intelligent state of existence.”
Official Biographer: Kurt Roskopf
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