THE INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE FOR MAGICIANS
The list lengthens, as a dozen more are added to those significant people in magic who have influenced and shaped the performing art in America during the 20th century.
Those appearing in the first three installments of this ongoing feature are enumerated here.
BILL LARSEN JR.
SIEGFRIED & Roy
T. NELSON DOWNS
WALTER B. GIBSON
WILLIAM W. LARSEN SR.
When Uri was 23 years old, he began to perform telepathy and mind-over-matter experiments in Israeli night clubs, Finding his talents under appreciated in his own country, where some critics accused him of fraud, Geller tried his luck on television in the United States.
In the ’70s, as floppy discs, barcode readers, and Pong video games came onto the scene, Geller appeared on numerous TV talk shows with his bending and breaking of spoons, stopping and starting of watches and clocks, and even causing a cable car to halt in mid-air. Many magicians were hostile to the assertions of genuine ESP and psychokenetic phenomena. Yet, it was the scientific world that became excited by his talents. The prestigious Stanford Research Institute included him in its ongoing psychic investigations, and although results were somewhat inclusive, Geller’s apparent abilities conferred a legitimacy on the stage performer.
Believe them or not, Uri Geller’s so-called psychic stunts and their resulting publicity were a boon to mentalism. He reshaped both the public’s and magicians’ perceptions of the potential of mental magic.
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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.”
James Randi (In an open letter to Abracadabra Magazine)
Sir Elton John
“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”