This is the autobiography of, and the first book by, the famous and controversial Israeli psychic known throughout the world as the man who – apparently by force of will – bends keys and spoons, who mends broken radios and stopped watches, and who has demonstrated in controlled experiments at the University of London, at the Stanford Research Institute, and elsewhere, staggering extra-sensory powers.
It is Uri’s own story, in his own words, of his incredible powers. ‘It amazes me,’ he says, ‘every time these things happen. I want to jump up and point them out to people.’ And it also tells of Uri’s ambivalence about what he can do and about the enigma it poses. ‘I ask myself why does it have to be watches, keys, metals? Why do they throw me symbols?’
Here, too, is the story of how Uri came to reaise his powers and of how they affected him. His was a normal childhood (with loving though divorced parents, dogs, a dislike of school, typically adolescent adventures), except that strange and embarrassing things seemed to happen when Uri was around. He describes an event in a ‘magical mystery garden’ when he was three or four. He recalls his first telepathic and clairvoyant experiences: reading his mother’s mind, on several occasions sensing potential disasters, shocking his school-teachers when he took tests and wrote compositions (‘Many times mine was exactly the same as the guy’s sitting five chairs behind me’). He reveals a fantastic incident that occurred while he was training in the Israeli Army and tells of his uncanny foreknowledge about combat in the Six-Day War (he knew he would be wounded). And he describes his first public appearance, an event that started a new life for him, propelling him into international celebrity. Since then he has baffled audiences and scientists everywhere.
URI GELLER: MY STORY goes beyond anything written elsewhere about this extraordinary man. It tells of Uri’s experiments with distinguished scientists – tests that verify beyond doubt the existence of his powers. It describes the series of broadcasts in Europe-when psychic energies were transferred from Uri to viewers in their own homes. It reports the strange and apparently interrelated phenomena that began in Israel: voices speaking from tape recorders, objects levitating or disappearing and reappearing, encounters with flying saucers. And it ends with the strangest event of all – one never before revealed – at once the, epitome and the culmination of all that has gone before.
Uri Geller’s autobiography is a story that staggers the mind.
URI GELLER, in addition to appearing before audiences throughout the world, had recorded an album of his songs that is now being distributed internationally. He recently signed a contract with the Robert Stigwood Organization (producers of Jesus Christ, Superstar and Tommy) for a film based on URI GELLER: MY STORY.
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SCIENCE AND URI GELLER
PROFESSOR J. G. TAYLOR
I have tested Uri Geller in my laboratory at King’s College, London University, with specially designed apparatus.
The Geller Effect-of metal bending-is clearly not brought about by fraud. It is so exceptional that it presents a crucial challenge to modern science, and could even destroy the latter if no explanation becomes available.
DR. HAROLD E. PUTHOFF and RUSSELL TARG Stanford Research Institute
We have observed certain phenomena with the subjects [including Uri Geller] for which we have no scientific explanation.
DR. DAVID BOHM and DR. JOHN HASTED Birkbeck College, University of London
We feel if similar tests are made later, enough instances of this kind will probably accumulate, so that there will be no room for reasonable doubt that some new process is involved here, which cannot be accounted for or explained in terms of the present known laws of physics. Indeed, we already feel that we have gone some distance toward this point.
“Is he a fraud or a phenomenon as he bends metal by what he contends is the power of his mind alone and performs telepathic feats with a considerable degree of accuracy? The fact that even respected scientists who have tested the 28-year-old Israeli under controlled conditions, supposedly cheat-proof laboratory conditions, are asking that question opens up a whole new bag of possibilities for an adventurous mind.”
–Chicago Daily News
“The scientific community has been put on notice ‘that there is something worthy of their attention and scrutiny’ in the possibilities of extra-sensory perception. With those words the respected British journal ‘Nature’ called on scientists to join – or refute – millions of non-scientists who believe human consciousness has more capabilities for real perception than the five senses.”
–New York Times editorial
“I have tested Uri Geller in my laboratory at King’s College, London University, with specially designed apparatus. The Geller Effect – of metal bending is clearly not brought about by fraud. It is so exceptional that it presents a crucial challenge to modern science, and could even destroy the latter if no explanation becomes available.”
-Professor J. G. Taylor
“Under doubly strict laboratory conditions, Targ and Puthoff said ‘No magician has been able to duplicate through trickery the psychic feats performed by Uri Geller and others. Some won’t even try.’ “
–Los Angeles Times
“I found every page of URI GELLER: MY STORY exciting and exhilarating…. Anybody who can read should read MY STORY so they can know how wonderful and limitless are their potentials.”
URI GELLER: MY STORY will have great success with the reading public, as it should, since there is no question in my mind but that Uri’s talents are real, and awesome and extremely important to today’s world.”
“Geller’s autobiography is must reading for those whose tastes lean toward either the scientific or the psychic.”
-Detroit Sunday News
“One hundred years ago we’d have burned Uri Geller at the stake. Now we put him on the Johnny Carson Show. We’ve come a long way.”
-James Fadiman, Stanford University
“A group of French scientists say that Israeli telepathist Uri Geller. . . is probably endowed with special powers.”
– Chicago Tribune
This book is dedicated to those who have worked, contributed, and loved for the past two and one-half years and especially to my mother and father, who devoted all their efforts and energies to bringing me up into something so unbelievable and so unknown.
WARNER BOOKS EDITION
First Printing: April, 1976
Copyright © 1975 by Uri Geller This edition © 1976 by Uri Geller All rights reserved
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 74-25462
ISBN 0-446-89025- 1
Lyrics from “The Day,” p. 60, “Mood,” p. 63, ore all © copyright 1974 by Kadima Productions, Inc., and are reproduced by permission of Kadima Productions, Inc.
This Warner Books Edition is published by arrangement with Praeger Publishers, Inc.
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Many people have helped me as I was writing my book and otherwise. I thank you: Charles Anderson, Mark and Dianne Anderson, Bob Banker, Robert and Stephanie Barrat, Dr. Edward Bastin, Michael Bentine, Dr. David Bohm, Jim Bolen, Bryce Bond, Dr. Dean Brown, Sara Bursak, Eldon Byrd, Zmira Chen, Solveig Clark and her family, Bart Cox, James and Brenda Crenshaw, Iris Davidesco, David Dimbleby, Arnold Dolin, Mike Douglas, Sir Val Duncan, Albert Ducrocq, Peter and Anita Edler, Moshe Farkash, Wolfang Foges Dr. Wilbur Franklin, John G. FulIer, Margaret Geller, Tibor and Eva Geller, Ingrid Goldberg, Vicki Golden, Felice Gordon, Merv Griffin, Dr. John Hasted, Ron and Nancy Hawke, Peter Hielscher, Rani Hirsh, Jim and Desiree Mazel Hurtak, Brian Inglis, Byron and Maria Janis, Stefan Janis, Joker, Joselito and Joseline Jacinto, Yasha Katz, Betty Kenworthy, Kasey Kirby, Ephraim Kishon, Rae Knight, Ed Koster, Jesse and Pat Lasky, Benjamin and Anita Levi, Larry and Gloria Lighter, Michael Magzis, Ron and Carmen Markham, Marquis of Bath, Jean Mayo, Bruce Merrin, Kevin McCormick, Capt. Edgar Mitchell and Anita, Richard Moore, Del Newman, Maxine Nightingale, Dr. Glenn Olds and Eva, Brendan O’Regan, Charles Panati, Gidon and Lea Peleg, Hagai and Ruth Pinsker, Jose Lopez-Portillo, Muncy and family, Dr. Andrija- Puharich, Dr. Harold and Adrienne Puthoff, Dotson Rader, David and Sue Richardson, Piri Rosner, Amnon and Roni Rubinstein, Lo Sachs, Dr. Louis and Edna Shenkman, Dr. Michael and Ralla Shenkman, Don Scheuch, Werner Schmid and Brothers, Ioav Shacham, Shipi Shtrang, Arie, Hava and Hanna Shtrang, Soshi and Iaakov Shtrang, Bob and Judy Skutch, Frame Smith, Ray and Mary Kathryn Stanford, Robert Stigwood, George Swanson, Russell and Joan Targ, Prof. John Taylor, Telos and Venus, John and Sue Tishman, Melanie Toyofuku, Tzuki, Charles Van Doren, Trina and Frida Vatter and their family, Lyall Watson, Arnold Weissberger, Dr. Paul and Maudine Wheeler, Bob Williamson and Candace, Dolly and Kelly Williamson, Priscilla Williamson, C. V. and Joanne Wood, Jun Ichi Yaoi, Ila Zibell, and to all my friends around the world.
To all detractors and skeptics, I give love.
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Motivational, inspirational, empowering compelling 'infotainment' which leaves the audience amazed, mesmerized, motivated, enthusiastic, revitalised and with a much improved positive mental attitude, state of mind & self-belief.
“There is no spoon!”
“The world needs your amazing talents. I need them”
“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.”
Tannens Magic Blog
“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”