Uri sends Ulster round the bend
10th May 1998
GELLER SENDS ULSTER ROUND BEND
SPOON bender Uri Geller had hundreds of Ulster people reaching for their phones on Friday night, during his appearance on the Kelly show.
The controversial personality, who claims psychic powers, asked viewers to place a spoon on top of their TV sets.
Kelly producer, Shauna Hawthorne, said: “Uri never explained what was supposed to happen. But we had literally hundreds of phone calls from people who said the spoon had leapt from the top of their TV.”
“We have never had such a huge response to anything on the show before,” she added.
One viewer even faxed in a photograph of the flying spoon, and claimed his camera had gone off by itself.
At the UTV studio, a member of a guest band asked Geller if he could bend a key.
“Uri put the key in his hand, and sure enough it bent,” said Shauna “It was the musician’s front door key. When he went home he had to get a spare one from a neighbour, to let himself in.”
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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”