MAGIC MAN Who is Uri Geller? Spoon-bending psychic and television personality
HE’S famed for his apparent ability to bend spoons with his mind and had his psychic abilities investigated in the 1970s.
Israeli Uri Geller is a famous magician, illusionist, and television personality who was outed as being a secret agent. Here’s the lowdown on him…
Who is Uri Geller?
Uri Geller was born on December 20, 1946, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
He was born to Hungarian Itzhaak Geller, a retired army sergeant major, and Austrian Manzy Freud.
When he was 11, the family moved to Nicosia, Cyprus where he learned English as he attended high school at the Terra Santa College.
At the age of 18, he became part of the Israeli Army’s Paratroopers Brigade, where he was injured during the 1967 Six-Day War.
The now 71 year old worked as a model during 1968 and 1969 and started to build a name for himself in Israel performing as an entertainer in nightclubs.
He branched out into being featured in universities, theatres, public halls and auditoriums and had become well-known in the US and Europe by the 1970s.
Uri drew interest from the scientific community, who were keen to investigate his reported psychic abilities.
During the peak of his career in the 1970s, he was featured on worldwide television shows but has done a lot more besides.
Is he psychic?
When Uri first began his early television appearances, he performed illusions including bending spoons and describing hidden drawings.
He claimed he had achieved this through telekinesis and his psychic tendencies, but critics have long been sceptical of his ‘powers.’
It recently emerged that US spooks became convinced of his abilities after performing experiments on him in 1973.
He said: “A lot of people think Uri Geller is a fraud, a lot of people think he is a trickster but at the same time he has a history of doing things that nobody can explain.”
Is Uri Geller a spy?
Uri claims to have worked as a “spy all over the world” — but refused to reveal if he has now retired.
He said: “I also cannot discuss if I’ve ever worked for the British government. 95 per cent of what I did will remain a secret.”
He previously spoke of how US spooks used his strange telepathic skills to force the Russians to sign a nuclear arms treaty during the Cold War.
He claims he was flown by the secretive organisation to Switzerland where he “bombarded” the mind of a top Russian official to make him sign the historic deal.
What is Uri Geller’s connection to the CIA?
Uri was subjected to a series of bizarre secret experiments that aimed to weaponise psychic abilities, CIA documents have revealed.
The Israeli was taken to Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s to have his psychic abilities investigated.
A newly released cache of CIA documents reveals UFO sightings and psychic experiments from the “Stargate programme”, which has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists.
The researchers concluded Uri “demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner”.
Speaking to the Mirror from his home in Israel, Geller said: “The release of these secret documents surprises me because I continued working for the CIA after those experiments and I am very surprised they allowed such information out.
In 2013, Uri Geller has lifted the lid on his secret past as a spy — and told how his spoon-bending antics were just a cover.
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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”