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Uri Geller
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Uri Geller
  • Born: 20th December 1946, Tel Aviv, Palestine (now Israel)
  • Occupation: Illusionist and psychic
  • Alma mater: Terra Santa College
  • Military service: He enlisted with the Israeli Army's Paratroopers Brigade and was wounded in action during the 1967 Six Day War
  • Books: Geller has authored twelve books including his autobiography "My Story", "Uri Geller's Fortune Secrets" and "Unorthodox Encounters"
  • Scepticism: The Canadian stage magician and a scientific sceptic James Randi has repeatedly dismissed Gellers paranormal displays as magic tricks and goes out of his way by duplicating his performances using stage magic tricks
  • Litigation: A student sued Gellers promoters in 1971 for breach of contract as he said he witnessed sleight of hand magic tricks and not as promised psychic powers, he won the case and was awarded 27.5 lire (about $5)
  • Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
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"I can say with absolute certainty I do not cheat. I am not a magician"

Uri Geller

"The CIA tested me at Stanford Research Institute, and I passed all the sets under laboratory controlled conditions, and I did that twice, so there was no way of cheating or hoodwinking them"

Uri Geller

"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"

Uri Geller

"I also cannot discuss if I’ve ever worked for the British government. 95 per cent of what I did will remain a secret"

Uri Geller

"I will stop you telepathically from doing this - and believe me I am capable of executing it"

Uri Geller

"My work evolved, strongly influenced by the work of Dalí" [about painting]

Uri Geller

"I’m a huge believer in mind power, in motivation and inspiration"

Uri Geller

"I have no intention of bending democracy. That would be wrong"

Uri Geller

"I don't care what those schmucks think. I'm a millionaire"

Uri Geller

"I no longer want to be rich because I am rich"

Uri Geller

"I'll no longer say that I have supernatural powers. I am an entertainer. I want to do a good show. My entire character has changed"

Uri Geller

"My boss treated me like a slave and I felt completely degraded. Then, just once, I did a terrible thing, I peed in his tea"

Uri Geller

"When you're young you're more in touch with your real talents, but so often the 30 year slog knocks it out of people"

Uri Geller

"Do what you love. When you love your work, you become the best worker in the world"

Uri Geller

"If you're brilliant and open-minded, you can start at the top"

Uri Geller

"Sometimes my dreams take me to other dimensions"

Uri Geller

"I like sensationalism, it's a part of what I do"

Uri Geller
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Uri Geller Biography

Uri Geller is the Israeli illusionist and self claimed psychic that has been fascinating the public with his abilities for decades. Made famous for his spoon bending in the early 1970's his career has taken him all over the world and even mining companies have enlisted his talents for mineral exploration.

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It has not all been plain sailing for Uri as he has had to defend himself from scientific sceptics with James Randi being a constant thorn in his side. Indeed, in 1973 Randi conspired with the host of The Tonight Show Johnny Carson to set Uri up for an appearance on the show, while Uri was expecting an interview they set him up to perform paranormal activity in what the illusionist felt was a hostile environment so he informed Johnny that he could not perform in such an unnatural fashion.

In a twist of Orwellian-like irony the debunking that the conspirators had planned backfired and it only made people believe that Uri's powers were real and not magic, because after all if magic was used it would work every time.

Geller's career really took off after this episode of The Tonight Show. Years later, in November 2000 Geller sued Nintendo for 60 million yen (100 Million US Dollars) for using what he believed was an image based on him and Uri Geller was quoted at the time as saying: "Nintendo turned me into an evil, occult Pokémon character. Nintendo stole my identity by using my name and my signature image". The Pokeman character Yun Geller had paranormal powers and carried a spoon but also had an emblem that resembled the symbol of the Adolf Hitler inspired Nazi SS.

In 1973 the United States Defense Intelligence Agency conducted a study at the Stanford Research Institute on Uri Geller whereby the eminent parapsychologists Harold E. Puthoff and Russell Targ concluded that Uri had performed successful experiments that warranted further study

He has had a colourful and successful career during which he was always good for a one liner, so this is my compilation of 17 of the best Uri Geller quotes

Quotes About Uri Geller

The sceptic James Randi said with a critical eye: "Uri Geller may have psychic powers by means of which he can bend spoons; if so, he appears to be doing it the hard way"

The author Artur Zorka said in a report to the 'Society of American Magicians': "I have never claimed that Geller was authentic, or that the Society had any opinion as to Geller's authenticity. I only said that I know of no way that he could have used trickery to do these things. That is a fact"

The magician Max Maven was impressed to say: "The Creative mind of Uri Geller has significantly advanced the world of mentalism. No matter what your opinion may be concerning Mr. Geller's career, there is no question as to the magnitude of his impact on the field"

The scientist Robert Taylor was at a loss: "I don't understand how you do what you do"

The author Joseph Chilton Pearce made this observation: "Time did a devastating hatchet job on Uri Geller (and others). Time selected those events and circumstances thoroughly discrediting Geller. Time also grouped such meticulous researchers as Charles Tart with highly suspect and careless showmen, tarring all with the same brush. Guilt by association is hardly objective journalism. Nevertheless most "nonordinary" phenomena are subjective and not amenable to cultural "prediction and control." This has been one issue of my book. Should Geller-type material become fully acceptable within such channels of the culture such as Time, we would know that the cultural force would have absorbed, and not destroyed, the Crack-sign value of such phenomena. When those working in the field of "nonordinary" phenomena stop trying to prove to the Establishment, they will make a great leap forward. Anonymity is the direction"

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