The real-life X-Files: How CIA recruited Uri Geller to test his psychic abilities and were STUNNED when he was able to match random drawings by an agent sealed in another room
Spoon bender Uri Geller was tested by the CIA to assess his psychic abilities in a week-long experiment, newly published documents have revealed.
Geller was brought to Stanford Research Institute in August 1973 where experts tried to judge whether he had paranormal abilities over a period of eight days.
The experiments were part of the controversial Stargate programme.
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According to the documents, Geller was placed in a sealed room during the experiment where random words were taken from a dictionary.
A scientist was then asked to draw a picture based on the word.
After the drawing had been completed it was taped on the wall outside of his room and he was asked to describe what had been sketched via intercom.
In one test, the word fuse was used and a scientist drew a firecracker.
The previously secret document said Geller: ‘His almost immediate response was that he saw a ‘cylinder with noise coming out of it’.
‘His drawing to correspond with it was a drum, along with a number of cylindrical-looking objects.
A second word was ‘bunch’ to which the scientist sketched out a bunch of grapes.
According to the document: ‘Geller’s immediate response was that he saw ‘drops of water coming out of the picture’.
‘He then talked about ‘purple circles’.
‘Finally, he said that he was quite sure that he had the picture. His drawing was indeed a bunch of grapes.’
Both Geller and the scientist’s picture had exactly 24 grapes in the bunch.
On the second day of experimentation, the report stated Geller would sometimes only partially draw the correct picture, leading scientists to believe he did not ‘copy lines from the target picture, but rather he does perform some mental processing on them before drawing them himself.’
Throughout the week, the experiments were moved to different rooms and a ‘long-distance’ telepathy study was also conducted.
An ‘East Coast’ scientist drew a picture, which Geller was able to partially replicate in California.
After the series of tests, the CIA concluded Geller ‘demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner’.
The CIA has made the collection of 930,000 documents with 12 million pages available through its electronic reading room on the CIA’s website.
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