Quotes From Magicians
The Creative mind of Uri Geller has significantly advanced the world of mentalism. No matter what your opinion may be concerning Mr. Geller’s career, there is no question as to the magnitude of his impact on the field.
“Uri 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.)
“Uri 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 – Australia)
“There 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 – U.S.A.)
“If … 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)
You 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.
Uri 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 stunned and 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.
The man is a natural magician. He does everything with great care, meticulous misdirection and flawless instinct. The nails are real, the keys are really borrowed, the envelopes are actually sealed, there are no stooges, there are no secret radio devices and there are no props from the magic catalogues. He is a consummate performer, and had he arrived in true colours as a conjurer, he’d have found no more ardent supporter than this magician.
James Randi (In an open letter to Abracadabra Magazine)
“”As 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)
On his trip to Australia, over thirty years ago, (my place of residence at the time). As a journalist, I was invited to attend a lunch/press conference at a restaurant, where all the invitees duly assembled. The Australian media will go out of their way to debunk anyone or anything they can. It sells papers and makes good TV.
Mindful of the possibility that Geller may have tampered with the cutlery, a series of taxis had been assembled to take the guests to a restaurant known only to one of the journos – where the cutlery was genuinely heavy duty. After going into several simple ESP effects, the spoon effect was brought up. I, personally, selected one at random from a distant table. Geller had one of the ladies present hold one end between her thumb and forefinger, with the proviso that if she felt any pressure – up or down – to just let go. I was sitting next to both, watching very closely. Geller held one end of the spoon and stroked it with two fingers of his hand and it started to bend quite significantly. The lady holding the other end felt no pressures or force whatever.
I have witnessed close-up magic all my life. If Geller achieved this result through “sleight of hand” – or whatever else – I deem it far more remarkable than had it been accomplished by some “mystical force.”
…No question that Geller has cheated at numerous times. I have witnessed it. That in and of itself does not invalidate the account that I have given.
…I am a skeptic by nature – and realize that “seeing is believing” can be a very much mistaken notion. On the occasion in question, I personally selected the spoon and handed it to Geller, sitting next to him and without averting my eyes for a moment. I have seen many fairly convincing “cutlery benders”, but none that come in the least close to that particular event.
…The Geller episode is related in a previous post to you. I stand by it and, despite being the devout skeptic that I am, must confirm that I was not tricked.
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