England vs Scotland: How Uri Geller Made Football History at Euro 96
There have been some huge games between England and Scotland down the years, but the second group match of Euro 96 sticks in the memory more than any other.
When Scotland had turned up at Wembley on June 15 they had no chance. The England squad at the time was the strongest in decades, and they also had a secret weapon… none other than telekinetic spoon bender Uri Geller.
As football fans will remember, England were leading 1-0 when Scotland won a penalty with 15 minutes to go. Little did Gary McAllister when he put the ball down that his resulting spot kick would go down in football history.
As McAllister ran up, the ball moved. Not much, but just enough to put him off. David Seaman saved the kick, and England went on to win 2-0.
So, what logical explanation can be given for the movement? Could it be wind, or divot in the pitch? No, Geller clearly sabotaged the penalty with his mind powers.
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“Uri Geller gave an absolutely resonating talk on his life and career. He had every single magician in the room on the edge of their seats trying to digest as much information as they could. Uri emphasized that the path to frame is through uniqueness and charisma and that professional entertainers must be creative in their pursuits of success and never shy away from publicity.”
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“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.”
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“Eternity is down the hall And you sit there bending spoons In your mind, in your mind”
“I Have watched Uri Geller… I have seen that so I am a believer. It was my house key and the only way I would be able to use it is get a hammer and beat it out back flat again.”
“Better than watching Geller bending silver spoons, better than witnessing new born nebulae’s in bloom”