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


  • The CIA released about 13million declassified documents online yesterday and among them, it was revealed that Uri Geller went to Stanford for tests in 1973
  • Scientists took random words out of a dictionary and drew a related sketch – Geller was in a sealed room and tasked with trying to describe the drawing by the CIA on the other side of a wall
  • CIA experts said Geller had convincingly demonstrated his paranormal ability
  • His most successful deduction was when the CIA drew a bunch of 24 grapes – Geller drew the exact same number of grapes
  • Speaking after the release of the documents Geller said his TV role was ‘good cover’ for his espionage work

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.

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.

Since 1999, much of the information has been available on four computer terminals at National Archives Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland.

However, yesterday the agency announced the information has now been made available to the public.

According to Joseph Lambert, CIA Director of Information Management: ‘Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography. The American public can access these documents from the comfort of their homes.’

He said: ‘The CREST collection covers a myriad of topics, such as the early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Berlin Tunnel project, the Korean War, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft. The documents also extensively address developments on terrorism, as well as worldwide military and economic issues.’

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph following the release of the documents, Geller said his television entertainer role had been ‘good cover’ for his espionage work.

‘Vindicated? I don’t care about the sceptics,’ he said. ‘I did many things for the CIA. They wanted me to stand outside the Russian Embassy in Mexico, and erase floppy discs being flown out by Russian agents.

‘I had to get near someone signing a nuclear deal and bombard him with ‘sign, sign, sign’.

‘I was asked to stop the heart of a pig. It was probably so they could stop the heart of Andropov who was head of the KGB,’ he added, although he would not name which agency had asked him to do so.

‘George Clooney basically played me in that film (The Men Who Stare at Goats). It wasn’t goat, it was really a pig.’
When asked if he had ever been tested by MI6, Geller replied: ‘No comment’.

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