Uri Geller - Full Biography
- Part 4
WHAT MAGICIANS SAY ABOUT URI GELLER
Another magician's opinion.
"Geller has been a successful performer since the early 70's. Surely his spoon and key bending, drawing duplication, movement of a compass needle and seed germination has not caused the public any harm. He has been an inspiration to many performers, and some have included a demonstration of spoon and key bending in their own acts." (Graham P. Jolley)
Mentalist Jim Callahan talks about Uri - Is he for real?
know, I like Uri Geller. He is a good guy. I think he made
many things with his abilities. I think some of the things
he shows are illusion. But I cannot claim for sure, that this
applies to everything."
"Many of the top Mentalists in the world have no idea how Uri Geller can make a compass needle move.
Since he does so in his bathing suit and has been checked over by ultra sensitive equipment for metal or magnetic radiation, he obviously is NOT using a hidden magnet to move the compass needle.
Since reliable sources (and knowledgeable magicians) have not only witnessed Geller make spoons bend but have witnessed them to continue moving long after Mr. Geller has left, I would challenge these so called protectors and magic geniuses to explain how he does it.
If they reply, "I don't know for sure" then they have no right to say that he is a fake."
May I say what a pleasure it was to meet you last week and
how impressed I was by your exceptional and frankly unexplainable
abilities. I have been a prominent member of the magic circle
for many years and performed as a professional magician and
am therefore aware of most 'illusions' and what I witnessed
as you bent the spoon was not in my opinion an 'illusion'
more a phenomenon which I found quite remarkable. You have
my respect and awe for your abilities which I am sure has
its skeptics but I am certainly not one of them.Yours sincerely,
is perhaps the world's most successful psychic entertainer
by Andy Fisher
will say only this: I have seen Uri do things that, even as
a mentalist and amateur conjuror of some 30 years, I cannot
explain. I know how mind-magicians obtain the effects they
do... I know the illusionist's mechanics of producing so-called
psychic effects that look incredibly convincing to the layman.
However, I can categorically say that Uri Geller uses none
of these methods. Quite simply, the man is a phenomenon."
has shown us that the limits of our understanding are not
the limits of all there is to understand" and "Geller
has demonstrated that the power of belief is greater than
the power of skepticism" by Lee Earle, one of America's
leading lights in the mentalism field.
HAD A MOST amazing experience at a private party in London
a few weeks ago. Uri Geller asked if I had ever seen him bend
a spoon and I said only on television. He picked up a large
spoon form the table and asked me to join him at the bar.
He placed the spoon down and began to stroke it.
A small bend appeared. He held it up for me to see and then
placed it down again.
I looked at it closely and the bend was more pronounced. I
was astonished since this happened without any misdirection.
He asked if I would like the spoon as a souvenir and I said
"sure". He took out a felt tipped pen and signed
it. As I walked back to the room I was really taken by surprise.
The spoon was now bent at a 75-degree angle. When I tried
to bend the spoon, it was too strong for me to move in my
bare hands. The bend was not at the weak spot near the spoon
but a few inches up from that spot. Uri is 54 and looks 35.
He is clearly a man apart.."
Richardson is a professor of management and Dean of The Frost
School of Business at Centenary College, USA. He is also one
of the most prominent magicians in the world - his speciality
being Mind Magic, or Mentalism, in which he excels and is
one of the most highly respected and influential practitioners.
His top-selling book Theatre of the Mind (Hermetic Press,
1999) is crammed with ingenious ideas and presentations and
has become a source of learning for magicians & mentalists
of the self-called greatest magicians should desperately
try to become Uris pupils. From him they could learn
how to produce effect, how to accomplish miracles! One can
talk and think differently about Uri Geller. But one cant
bypass one fact: The boy has ideas ideas
that once changed many peoples, many scientists
and even some conjurors way of thinking. And through
his ideas he influenced the conjurors-tricks scene in
many a way. Once I was a fierceful enemy of Geller, when he
lets forget that. Today if he goes ahead
on the path he now took Im at his side!
[Uri und die Zeitmaschine [=Uri and the time-machine]; In:
»Magische« Welt, Vol. 40, Nr. 3, September 1991:
Werry (Werner Geissler, 1925-2000)
worthwhile magician could perform similar feats, but it would
be trickery. Uri must be genuine...Anyone performing feats
like this under such conditions cannot be a fake. Uri has
stood up to thirteen laboratory tests in the United States.
It shows that in rare cases the power of the mind can move
or even bend inanimate objects."
Clifford Davis, Daily Mirror c1974
the performance of mentalism: "
days that has been made easier by the interest caused by the
reports of Uri Geller, to whom be praise" Peter Warlock
Pentagram Vol. 11 p. 15.
I think of Uri Geller and his spoon-bending today, Im
willing to suspend my disbelief. Because I still believe in
the mysterious, that its possible that these things
may happen. David Ben
on Heroes of Magic Channel Four television. December 2000
Geller might be one of the great magicians of our century,
good for him
You know Ive often thought that aside
from government workers magicians are the worst secret keepers
on the planet. Well good for Uri Geller, he hasnt told
anything yet. I have great respect for him. Eugene
on Heroes of Magic Channel Four television. December 2000
Uri Geller first came on the scene here in England
Eddie Burke immediately started to experiment into the possible
methods that could be used to obtain similar results that
Geller was obtaining. Let us make it clear we do not
claim that these methods are the actual methods used by Geller
in fact, he may indeed have special powers. Unlike
other Magicians we prefer to keep an open mind about
such things Geller may be a clever Magician
or he may be a genuine Psychic? The fact that magicians are
able to duplicate his feats IN NO WAY IS EVIDENCE THAT HE
IN TURN USES TRICKERY we have seen many so called Psychics
whose effects we could easily explain but on the other
hand we have seen things that cannot be explained.
We prefer to keep an open mind.
Burke, Intstruction sheet for the MagicTrix Key Bender.
Secret Passion of Alan Slaight, tycoon and a leading expert
in Magic .
Toronto Life April 2001
story that Slaight relates to me centers on Uri Geller, the
internationally famous-and highly controversial-Israeli psychic
noted for his ability to bend spoons through mental concentration.
"In the fall of '99," Slaight begins. "I ordered
a book about Uri, which was a bit of a weird coincidence,
since I hadn't yet cracked the cover, when a fellow magician
phoned to say that Uri was in town and that we should meet.
I picked Uri up at his hotel, and he was only in my car a
few seconds before he took a spoon from his pocket, which
immediately made me suspicious, though I did check to see
that. it was a strong one that would require hard work to
bend. Uri stroked the spoon, barely touching it." Slaight
demonstrates with one from the table. And the bloody thing
bends to here." Slaight twists the North 44° spoon
into a hinge. "Then he put it on the dashboard, where
it continued to bend till it was like this." Slaight
squeezes the North 44 degree spoon into a 90-degree angle.
"I must have at least four videos of guys bending spoons,
and usually they count on the thing being vulnerable where
the bowl and the neck meet-a quick pressure there, so brazen
yet elegant that the eye misses it. To my knowledge, magicians
can do everything else mentalists claim they can do, but I
defy anyone to explain this one."
During the same Toronto visit, Geller accompanied Slaight
to a charity fundraiser, where David Ben was master of ceremonies.
As Ben would later tell me: "I asked Uri if he would
perform, and he told tile audience tills really self-deprecating
story about how he got his gifts, and then he has 400 people
pick up their spoons-so there's tile showman -and he takes
one from the table, and while I'm holding the microphone under
him, watching him like a hawk, he gets everyone to focus their
energy, because 'sometimes it happens,' and sure enough, his
spoon just melts effortlessly I had been tipped by Allan to
look for the perfect 90-degree angle, and though it wasn't
there when he placed it on the lectern, when I looked back
after thanking him, there it was, perfectly balanced with
the stem perpendicular to the table. Whenever I've seen spoon
benders before, the metal always looks stressed, where as
this was like a curved line drawn by Matisse. Whether real
or not, it's done by a master."
After signing tile bowl of the spoon, Geller added it to the
charity auction. Slaight bought it for $2,000. Now he owns
two-one framed in his home and one in his office.
of Felsted School pupils had a unique opportunity to have
a private visit to the home of legendary spoon-bender, Uri
Geller, at his personal invitation.
treated to a display of quite extra-ordinary paranormal effects
and were hardly able to believe what they saw. "It just bent
in my hand, I could not believe it", said Ryan Sherer, whose
family live in Feisted. Items of cutlery were supplied by
the children themselves from the school dining hall. Perhaps,
however, the most extra-ordinary happening took place at the
end of the visit. Uri Geller signed his name with a permanent
black marker on the sliding side door of the school's minibus.
end of the journey when one of the pupils opened the minibus
door it broke off its hinges. Charlotte Smith commented, "It
just came away in my hand - it was incredible. Uri Geller
really is superhuman."
Lee, Head of Drama at Feisted School, and a member of the
Magic Circle, was equally stunned:
been performing magic tricks for years, but Uri Geller really
is something else - I have never witnessed anything like it
in my life."
immediately pick up the spoon from the lectern and place it
into my pocket so that no one can steal it before I have the
opportunity to auction it off. I notice that it is now at
a perfect 90-degree angle - a different physical appearance
than what I recall seeing when he placed it gently down on
the lectern. I secretly shake my head because it is now different
and I did not see him do one thing that was suspicious, with
speed, without grace or charm. It was flawless. I have no
idea what he did. I now have the spoon at my home. It is perfect.
I have seen many spoons bent by so called experts. Uri is
in a league of his own. The curvature of the bend is beautiful
- not forced. I have said to many people that the curvature
reminds me of a single line drawn by Matisse. It is a work
of art. You can tell that it was created by a master. Quite
wonderful. I'm a fan. Now, I would like to add a few further
comments. Although I am not an expert in the paranormal, I
am an expert in sleight of hand. I would stack up my knowledge
and ability in sleight of hand against anyone in the world.
I do not believe that Geller used sleight of hand to bend
the spoon. (I have seen most of the spoon bending experts
created by the magic community and their work is not very
elegant when compared with Geller.)"
David Ben Sleight of Hand Master
a magician, I believe that the tests we did (with Geller) could
not be duplicated in any way by a magician's methods."
Abb Dickson (Professional magician - U.S.A. and
President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians 1997-98)
Abb Dickson has been named as a new director of the World Alliance
of Magicians (WAM). Dickson who is a Past President of the International
Brotherhood of Magicians wants WAM to help maintain the secrecy
of magic and prevent exposure to the public.
bent a spoon for me, the first time he did it, I thought there
must be a trick. The second time I was stunned, completely,
completely stunnedand amazed. It just bent in my hand. I've
never seen anything like it. It takes a lot to impress me.
Uri Geller is for real and anyone who doesn't recognise that
is either deluding himself, or is a very sad person."
David Blain, (American Magician. Star of ABC's Television
is no way, based on my knowledge as a magician, that any method
of trickery could have been used to produce the effects under
the conditions to which Geller was subjected."
Arthur Zorka (US, member Society of American Magicians
Geller is a superb showman, in fact that is what Gellerism
is all about. There is no gimmicked apparatus involved, just
pure showmanship that proves successful under nearly all conditions."
Ben Harris (Magician and author of Gellerism Revealed
Geller is a hard one to take because what he presents to modern
science and the common man is at first unbelievable. Yet,
after knowing him very closely for nearly five years, I have
observed his unusual energy in person in many countries. These
have not been lab conditions... they did not have to be. Whether
it was glass shattering spontaneously at hand, or an exact
telepathic rendering of my day done over international phone
wires; I have come to appreciate what part is showmanship;
and what part is, quite literally, real.
Modern science must know that when Einstein split the atom
that the mysteries therein would confound common notion. Uri
presents the same type of mystery. Harboring an energy that
seems to pervade existence, yet is difficult to harness, Uri
has withstood the naysayers and the abusive critics. It is
not a matter of talent that keeps him alive. Uri has a life
situation, that not many people can appreciate unless they
experience it first hand. With a magician's eye for deceit
I watched Uri in the first several years of knowing him. Not
only did I find him earnest in his beliefs, but a loving husband,
father, and a man of elegance, style and generosity.
His psychic gifts are genuine and he provides a model for
humanity at large to aspire to."
Ben Robinson (Winner of
Milbourne Christopher Foundation Award, Society of American
Magicians Leslie R. Guest Award, and author of legendary book,
Twelve Have Died - U.S.A.)
had demonstrated his powers under my conditions. I believe
that everything that Uri Geller produces is genuine."
Dandi (top Israeli magician - Israel)
... he genuinely does what he claims to by the methods he
claims to use, then he is the only person in the world who
can do it. If on the other hand he is a magician or a trickster
or a con-man, he is also phenomenal - the best there has ever
been. So, whichever way you want to look at him, we must respect
him as one or the other."
David Berglas (Great Britain's leading magical entertainer,
President of the Magic Circle and holder of numerous international
honours - England)
what was the magicians' verdict of the show? Fantastic! We
all agreed that Uri was a great showman and had the audience
in the palm of his hand throughout the evening. To close on
an effect which does not work is something few magicians could
get away with ... full marks to Uri Geller for providing magicians
and the rest of the audience with a fascinating and memorable
show in aid of a very worthy cause."
David Gilchrist ("Magic David", British magician
stunts, I confess, had me baffled ... Uri Geller is a master
Denham Holmes (British magician - England)
Cannes I watched Uri Geller bend a spoon. I have to admit
it, I don't know how he does it, I watched up close and even
held the spoon, all I can say is that however he does it,
I am really impressed! And I've been doing magic since I was
a kid, and for the past 24 years I have toured the world as
a professional comedy magician, don't ask me how he does it,
I DON'T KNOW"
Dr. Penguin (STAR PLUS TV, and STAR WORLD TV)
am a Psychiatrist with 30 years clinical experience, a conjurer
with a wide knowledge of "magic" and someone who has investigated
paranormal phenomena and found them wanting in the past.
Uri Geller gave me demonstration of spoon bending. I could
find no evidence of trickery nor the use of gimmicks . The
fact that the spoon continued bending after he had handed
it to me, for my mind, puts the event beyond rational explanation
be it scientific or a feat of conjuring. He also demonstrated
two examples of thought transference first accurately reproducing
a geometric figure I had drawn and second and perhaps more
significantly transmitting to me a figure and a colour.
As a life long sceptic I must record my total astonishment
at these feats and testify my witness to a truly inexplicable
and unique phenomenon. "
Dr. Lawrence Ratna
(Consultant Psychiatrist - England)
man most knocked by magicians everywhere came on and talked
for fifteen minutes and went off to practically a standing
ovation, which shows what a bunch of bloody hypocrites we
all are. I think the guy is brilliant (fake or not) and it's
time we all admitted it ... With his style, confidence and
sheer presence of character, he had the audience in the palm
of his hand. The man is truly amazing and many doubts and
mistrusts held by many magicians over the years were finally
brushed away. He entered the enemy camp like Daniel in the
lion's den - and left a hero. The standing ovation he received
told it all."
Geoff Maltby (editor of Club 71, British magic journal
was completely surprised about the result of the experiment.
The only explanation I have is chance (?) or psi. This is
very hard for me to say."
Harry Meier ("Diabelli") (Professional magician
must emphasize that nothing I have seen or heard in my investigation
of Uri Geller has changed my initial conviction that he is
in possession of certain psychic powers."
Leo Leslie (Professional magician Denmark,)
duplicated a drawing I drew secretly making sure that there
were no confederates or mirrors around, making sure that he
did not see the tip of my pencil, nor the imprints on the
paper. I know many tricks of this kind, but under the conditions
I put to him, a trick is quite impossible. Uri drew a drawing
very similar to my own secret drawing. After all, there are
many more things in heaven and earth than we can imagine."
Raimondi (Italy, member of CMI, IBM, holder of Oscar
of Magic and first prize winner at the National Convention,
1962 - Italy)
would challenge anyone to repeat Uri Geller's phenomena with
me in the cornfield with those three cards in the way that
he did it.
I know a little bit about sleight of hand, I know a little
bit about the methods of revealing what a person is thinking,
through body language and through other means, and I would
challenge any magician to duplicate that particular effect
with me in the same measure of success and I would challenge
them." BBC Radio 5, 14 Dec
1993 Strange Stories/ Paul Simons
Rev. Roger Crosthwaite (Close-up Magician of the Year,
Magic Circle, also Anglo-Catholic priest)
essential difference between a magician's performance and
a properly conducted laboratory experiment is that in magic
(a) the magician is in control, (b) the product, if it is
to be effective, is an illusion, and (c) the object is entertainment.
In a scientific experiment, (a) the experimenter must be in
control, (b) the product, if successful, is a discovery, and
(c) the object is truthful knowledge." "I have failed
to conceive of any means of deception in the static PK tests
with Geller, nor have magicians I have consulted."
William. E. Cox, (Institute of Parapsychology, Durham,
North Carolina - USA and Member Society of American Magicians
I first approached Uri for an interview for my magazine, I
didn't know what to expect. Well Uri said yes and the interview
was done. Uri is one of the kindest people I have met, I can
tell you this, now, He ain't fake,
because I know a fake when I see one. Perhaps we, the magician
(British magician and Editor and Publisher or ULTRA FORCE.)
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