Wednesday, December 5, 2007

After having read so much about him, I hate Uri Geller now

In one of his latest commentaries, the Amazing Randi stated:
For those of you who are casting about for a project you might enter into to help the JREF, I think that I have a dandy. For years now, I've been encountering quotations from Uri Geller in which he firmly disavows any ability as a magician – that is, one who does tricks rather than genuine miracles. He has repeatedly stated that he doesn't do tricks, doesn't know how to do tricks, and has never done tricks, and has also said repeatedly that something he's just done is "not a trick."


I'm looking for similar statements, spoken or written, preferably with dates, in which Geller has denied doing tricks, or has said that he has "powers."

Compiling a list of documented quotes is something I think I do quite well. So--eager to be of assistance in this cause--I searched Nexis and for any references to Uri Geller and browsed all of the articles they had for quotes where Geller claimed to have "powers", denied being a magician, or other such things. I tried to avoid quotes where the article asserted that "Geller says he's psychic" or something of a similar nature, preferring statements directly from Geller's mouth. However, I think there are a couple of quotes like that in here, just because I thought they were too good to give up.

Source: WENN Entertainment News Wire Service
Date: January 22, 2007
Article title: Geller slams accusations of trickery
But Geller has hit back at the criticism, insisting, "I keep my powers mysterious. The cynics and magicians who have come out against me have done a great job worth millions. It has made Uri Geller more mysterious and has created a mystical aura around me."

Source: Agence France Presse -- English
Date: January 21, 2007
Article title: Uri Geller TV show spooks Israeli magicians
"I am not a magician and have never been one," Geller said in his Tel Aviv hotel suite. He once claimed he could see in his mind a drawing scribbled by a passenger aboard an airborne jet.

"I keep my powers mysterious. When I was young I used to say I had supernatural powers. Today I tell people 'you make up your mind. I won't deny or confirm anything'."

Source: The Jerusalem Post, p 24
Date: December 13, 2006
Article title: Charm school
"I have a simple explanation for these phenomena and my explanation is this: you think you are sitting in a solid room you can touch it. It feels solid to you but you're dead wrong. This is not a solid room; neither is the table the computer or me. I'm not solid and neither are you. We are energy ... Everything is energy. I think I learned how to manipulate that energy."

Source: Daily Record, p 13
Date: April 20, 2006
Article title: Save our spoons, pass the ballot
THIS week's P.I.S.H. (Psychic Is Searching Holyrood) award is flying through the cosmos to Uri Geller, who announced our dodgy-beamed parliament building "appears to be cursed and could be haunted.

He added: "I will use paranormal and supernatural techniques to investigate. Exorcism can be used to remove negative aspects."

Source: The Mirror, pp 4-5
Date: October 12, 2005
Article title: Psyche out the Swiss; Bring your spoons & stir boys in green to victory tonight
He said: "Ever since 1996 when I used the power of my mind to move the ball away from Gary McAllister as he took a penalty in the game with England, teams have come to me for help. I have the power to influence matches.

Source: Agence France Presse -- English
Date: February 9, 2005
Article title: Spoon-bending Geller vows to prove he really is psychic
Spoon-bending entertainer Uri Geller was set to appear before the august Oxford Union debating society Wednesday to prove he really is a psychic, the union has announced.

Geller, 58, has offered to fix, under the watchful eye of a special camera, any broken watches that members of the union may have, in order to convince skeptics that he is a true psychic.

Source: The Mirror, p 27
Date: January 20, 2005
Article title: Mr Showbiz: Mind Games
When Uri mentioned that he'd once moved the ball with his mind during an England match Nolan retorted: "It was probably the wind Uri, and had nothing to do with your brain."

Uri, below, who has already had one bust-up with Nolan, snapped: "Of course not - it was definitely my psychic powers, anyone could see that."

Source: The Australian, p 12
Date: October 28, 2004
Article title: Letters to the Editor
IT is typical of the prejudice that beset the career of Jacques Benveniste (Time & Tide, 27/10) that you drag in the name of a magician James Randi. You then credit Randi with "unmasking the cutlery-bending tricks of Uri Geller". Quite apart from the fact that my ability with metal is a partially understood phenomenon of physics and not a trick, both Randi and I are irrelevant to Benveniste's life story.

Source: The Independent (London), p 3
Date: January 14, 2004
Article title: The world according to... Uri Geller Psychic
Where do you think your power comes from?

I believe in God and that we're attached to each other with invisible spiritual thread that can evoke supernatural powers. If you're intuitive, you can open yourself to gifts. In the spaces of infinity there's a God and everything comes from him.

Source: The Weekend Australian, p 7
Date: September 7, 2002
Article title: TV survival is all mind over matter
"Before I went on the show I promised that I will never use my psychic powers because that wouldn't be fair for the others," Geller told The Weekend Australian.

Source: The Independent (London), p 6
Date: August 31, 2002
Article title: Spoonbender who took Michael Jackson to Exeter City is lining up Brazil for his next trick
Geller smiles. "You know, I met all the team, pulled out a spoon, and said to them: Now, I am going to bend a spoon for you. It is the only time you'll see it because I will never do it again for you. This is not about spoonbending. If ever I see you in the dressing-room it will be about motivation and inspiration. With all my powers I can't make you win, but I can make you feel more positive about yourselves, and more positive about the team'."

Source: Financial Times (London, England), p 3
Date: August 17, 2002
Article title: Metal guru - Was it wise to let Uri Geller, spoonbender and potential world conflict mender, loose in a room full of cutlery?
"I've done a lot of work for the CIA - mainly in Mexico," he says in his whiny, heavily accented voice. "I sat next to two KGB agents on an aeroplane and erased their floppy disks with the power of my mind."

I bring up his disastrous appearance on the Johnny Carson show in 1973 where a team of magicians were enlisted as consultants and for once Geller's spoons refused to bend.

Geller's eyes flash angrily. "It is 29 years ago and still you are bringing up the Carson show. Some magicians tried to debunk me - they tried to set me up. They glued things down, they gave me a very thick spoon." He shrugs.

"But so what? I'm controversial and that's great. A minority of sceptics and cynics say, 'Oh, he has chemicals on his hands', but they have always been my unpaid publicists.

"Besides, they have made me so much money from lawsuits because I simply won't take their damaging lies. I'm not going to force you to believe in Uri Geller, but if I see a libellous word I will sue you." Libellous words include "charlatan" and "magician". "Nobody has ever been able to prove what I do is magic. It is a mystery of the field of the paranormal. By the way, are you enjoying your food?"

Source: The People, pp 28, 29
Date: February 17, 2002
Erase all cynicism from your thinking - for the secret of success is really believing that these things can happen. This is not a trick or publicity stunt. I have been using my paranormal powers since the age of four when I first bent a spoon.

Source: The Guardian (London), p 23
Date: November 8, 2000
Article title: Letter: Geller: I can bend metal
I can say with absolute certainty I do not cheat. I am not a magician.

Source: Sunday Mercury, p 4
Date: September 17, 2000
Article title: It was me, says Uri as torch stalls
The 54-year-old celebrity said last night that he had concentrated his mind to make the giant cauldron of flames stall on its journey to the top of the stadium after being lit by Cathy Freeman.

Source: The Times (London)
Date: September 8, 2000
Article title: One of a kind
Sir, On yesterday's front page you call me "the Israeli magician Uri Geller". I am not a magician - my powers are not based on conjuring tricks.

Source: The Independent (London), p 7
Date: August 16, 2000
Article title: You ask the questions: Uri Geller
I have written my question and placed it in an envelope which is being kept in Glossop in Derbyshire. What is the answer to that question?

Richard Fair, Glossop

Why do people constantly want to test my powers? Even walking down the street I am mobbed by ordinary people asking to have their mind read or their spoon bent. I constantly have to prove myself and I'm sick of it. I've been tested and studied in dozens of laboratories around the world: the University of London, Stanford University, the Max Planc Institute - the list goes on and on. It would be a huge task for me to know what's in the envelope.

Source: The Age (Melbourne, Australia), p 8
Date: January 7, 2000
Article title: Backpage
As for his miserable perfor-mance with Johnny Carson all those years ago, Geller said:

"It just proves to you that I'm not a magician, I'm not a machine. But today, everyone was really positive, and Jay [Leno]'s a really nice man and things worked."

Source: The People, p 8
Date: December 26, 1999
Article title: I'll stop Big Ben reaching midnight vows Uri Geller
PSYCHIC spoon bender Uri Geller plans to prevent the next Millennium from reaching London. He will stand in front of Big Ben and use his psychic energy to stop the hands of the clock from reaching midnight.

Uri says: "I'll be standing underneath the clock and asking everyone to shout STOP! I intend to show that even the Millennium is subject to psychic force."

Source: The Jerusalem Post, p 25
Date: December 3, 1999
Article title: Bent on Uri Geller
"But," he said, "there were bullies at school and I had to be careful whom to show my powers to."

In a matter of 10 days, he had performed for over 10,000 people. Magazines were touting his talents, and people were hauling in their broken watches and appliances. Looking at each abject object, Geller would say "Work!" - and it did. He became an international success, living in the lap of luxury.

"It was not magic, it was real," Geller stressed to the Alyn dinner guests.

"I want to believe that my powers are a gift," Geller told the Alyn donors.

Source: Sunday Times (London)
Date: November 28, 1999
Article title: Witch Hazel
Geller says: "The public like to see demonstrations of my psychic abilities, but these days I prefer to use my energies for more productive purposes," he says.

How are such things possible? "Through the power of the human mind, which is capable of far more than most people realise," says Geller.

Source: Financial Times (London, England), p 3
Date: November 6, 1999
Article title: Perspectives: The weirdest thing about lunch with Uri
I ask if he gets upset when people think he is a fake.

"If you think I'm just a good magician. Fine. That's your opinion." He leans towards me, looking at me intently. "But don't libel me. Don't damage me, or else you'll end up in court. I had to put a stop to these libels. In the end, the lawyers got all the money. But I achieved one thing. People are very careful what they say about Uri Geller today.

Source: The Express
Date: October 27, 1999
Article title: What I Believe
I only discovered these powers were unusual when I started at school and began to be bullied because some kids thought I was a freak. I would do things like make the clock jump an hour ahead so that the teacher would let us out early. Or I would read minds or copy work from other pupils using telepathy.

I don't know yet if my powers have been passed down to my own children.

Source: Canada AM
Date: October 15, 1999
Article title: A New Book from the Famous Spoon-Bending Mentalist
MATHESON: Now, what is it that you have that we don't have? What is it? What do you call it? How do you shape it? How do you feel it?

GELLER: Okay, first of all, I don't think I'm unique. I think we all have what I have. And I discovered this 30 years ago when, as you said, I stood on television and I looked into the camera, I held the spoon. And at that time I was amazed because I thought I was emanating, I was sending some type of a vibration through the airwaves and it was bending people's spoons at home. But I was wrong. All I was doing is I was triggering some kind of an energy -- apparently it's a dormant power, it's a dormant force that we all have in our mind. And it wasn't me that was bending the spoon, it was the person at home. Or the fixing of the broken watches. You realize I've had millions of people around the world experiencing a broken watch come alive.

Source: Mail on Sunday, p 34
Date: May 30, 1999
Article title: A piece of my mind
Because of my powers, you could say I didn't have a normal childhood.

Source: The Sunday Herald, p 4
Date: May 16, 1999
Article title: on the line: uri geller
Why does the spoon bend?

"Nobody knows. There are three theories: it's either something we all have and it's something to do with quantum mechanics, or it's either a gift - I'm a religious man so maybe it's from God - or maybe it's an energy which comes from outside me."

Source: The Independent (London), p 10
Date: September 26, 1998
Article title: Motoring: Uri's car crosses the world; world famous paranormal practitioner Uri Geller recalls his worst car
IT WAS the first big money that I had earned from my paranormal work, and I decided to invest that in a brand new car.

Source: Sunday Mail, p 15
Date: May 31, 1998
Article title: TV PLUS; Uri, you're a marked man
Discussing the 1996 European Championship match between Scotland and England, when the ball moved just as Gary McAllister took THAT penalty against David Seaman, Geller said: "I made him miss.

"I'm an England fan, and I moved the ball by telekinesis."

Source: The Guardian (London), p 35
Date: May 1, 1998
Article title: The analyst on your couch: Twister; Raj Persaud visits Uri Geller, whose Berkshire house is filled with Dali sculptures, innumerable gifts he will never throw away and a pervading sense of mystery.
He admits that he cannot fully explain their effect, but then again, he doesn't really want to: 'I would hate it if, during my lifetime, physicists finally came up with an explanation which showed how I am able to alter the molecular structure of objects, like bending spoons. I prefer it to remain a mystery.'

Source: The Times
Date: March 21, 1998
Article title: Where spoonbenders fork out
"I take my responsibilities seriously. I believe in God and under God anything is possible. My energies come from an outside source and I can share them. I never say, 'Let me take away your cancer', rather 'I can show you how to trigger your impulses positively'."

Source: The Mirror, p 17
Date: August 26, 1997
Article title: I'll sue over trickster slur says psychic Uri; psychic Uri Geller threatens to sue tv show which branded him a fraud
Psychic Uri Geller last night vowed to take legal action after a TV show branded him a "trickster."

Uri, 50, said he was "hurt and upset" after Channel 4's Equinox questioned his powers in a 90-minute documentary on Sunday.

US psychologist Ray Hyman - who watched laboratory controlled tests with Uri - said: "He could bend minds better than metal."

David Marks, from Middlesex University, said: "They prove no evidence of his powers."

But Uri, who lives with wife Hanna and two children in Berkshire, said: "I am not a trickster or a magician."

Source: The Jerusalem Post, p 2
Date: May 16, 1997
Article title: Special Delivery
Furthermore, the description of myself as a "self- proclaimed psychic" is also false. My abilities have been tested and validated in dozens of important and prestigious laboratories; many were published in scientific journals, including Nature magazine.

Source: Sunday Mirror, p 64
Date: March 23, 1997
Article title: Football: Beyond Belief! Now spoon-bender Uri wants to buy his own club
Geller added: "This challenge would test my powers once and for all. I would use them to help my [football] club go on to win the FA Cup, Coca-Cola Cup or even the Premiership.

Source: Daily Mirror, p 1
Date: April 25, 1996
Article title: I'll stir your team to victory; interview with Uri Geller
"My one hope is that all these powers will be accepted by all - even scientists - around the world," he says.

"Everybody has the power to do what I do. They just need to tap into it."

Source: Evening Standard (London), p 23
Date: April 10, 1996
Article title: Guess who's bending reality
On sale next week, the kit (£19.99) consists of a tape, a slim volume with the Frost encomium called the Mind-Power Book embellished with a photograph ofGeller wearing an expression that says 'look into my eyes I am going to screw you' (calculated to seduce every woman from gay band groupie to Lady Thatcher), a hypnotic orange disc on a white ground, and a rock crystal to dangle from the neck (supply your own chain).

The book is in emphatic print, for the naive rather than the blind, with such statements as 'We all have incredible willpower', 'The orange dot is fully charged with my psychic powers', and 'Crystals have amazing powers' writ even larger than the rest.

Source: Daily Mail (London), p 30
Date: July 7, 1995
Article title: Is Yuri round the bend
'I met Margaret Thatcher at a garden party given by David Frost. She said to me: 'Uri, you really must change your act. You must stop bending spoons and try something new.' She was right, but I couldn't change. I am not a magician and never was. I can only do certain things and once that stopped being a surprise, there was nothing I could do.

Source: The Times
Date: October 31, 1994
Article title: Unpoetic Uri Geller has musical bent
Mr Geller, dark, slim and with an unquenchable flow of prestidigitator's patter, replied to recent scepticism about the scientific validity of his tricks. He said: ''In the long run criticism does not hurt, because scientific tests will eventually justify me. If you do not believe in what I do, that is your problem. No matter what they write about me, so long as they spell my name right, that's good.''

Source: The Jerusalem Report, p 46
Date: September 8, 1994
Article title: A life of the mind
"There were a few times when I did perform such tricks,' and I have admitted it," Geller says today. But he insists his subsequent refusal to follow this path is the very reason he eventually left Israel. "Israel is so small that the same audiences started to come and see me two or three times, each time expecting to see something new. But I am not a magician who can constantly come up with new tricks, and how many times can you see a spoon being bent? So I had to go abroad to find new audiences."

As our interview winds down, Geller gamely attempts another psychic experiment with me. I draw a small picture of a mountaintop, and without seeing it he tries to read my mind to determine what I have drawn. After a minute, he gives up.

"Like I told you, I'm not a magician," he says. "If something isn't working, I don't try to guess."

Source: Evening Standard (London), pp 30, 39
Date: March 2, 1994
Article title: Bending to life's little luxuries
These days 6ft 3in Geller rarely performs in public, saying the extensive tests wore him out and that he was sick of being treated like a freak. In reality the people who filled theatres to watch his act dwindled away until he finished up playing to half-empty auditoriums in dingy nightclubs. The reason? 'I'm not a magician and I couldn't change, I only had one act so I realised that my career in that direction was over.'

Source: CBS This Morning
Date: September 10, 1991
Article title: Psychic Uri Geller discusses lawsuit against James Randi
Zahn: Have you ever found a credited scientist that will say that whatyou do is paranormal?

Geller: If I have ever found--I--I think that I am the only psychic--andif I may so say without hurting other psychics--I'm the only person thatgave myself to scientifically controlled laboratory experiments allaround the world. I mean, they've studied me at Stanford ResearchInstitute, at Kent State University, at Max Planck Institute of theUniversity of London. I can go on and on and on. Now let me tell youthis--that I--I have an ability that I cannot explain.

Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida), p 11A
Date: September 1, 1991
Article title: Look out, NASA Mentalist Uri Geller has eyes on your satellite
One thing about which he is not happy is what he believes to be libelous and defamatory remarks made about him by James Randi, a magician who claims that Geller and other mentalists are fakes. Geller says he has filed suit against Randi, both in Washington and 6 in Japan.

"For 20 years I turned away from people who challenged my ability and powers," he said, "but I have changed my strategy in the way I behave toward people who aggressively dislike me.

Source: The Washington Post, p C1
Date: August 29, 1991
Article title: A Case of Mind Over Matter; Psychic Uri Geller's Defamation Suit in Court
But he conceded that bending spoons in court could be tricky.

"I cannot summon these powers all the time," he said. "Onstage, I'm more relaxed. I don't have to prove anything. . . . In court I don't know if I'll be able to perform or not. If I'm in a bad spot, I'm in a bad spot. These are powers beyond my control."

Source: The Times (London)
Date: May 13, 1989
Article title: Give it a run for the money
'I have been accused of being a magician, a fake. So what. I know what I am, what I can do, and so do the companies who employ me [to tell them where not to drill for oil].

Source: Courier-Mail
Date: August 10, 1988
Article title: Geller bounces back with a mind-bender
"I don't mind when people refuse to believe me," he said. ""It maintains the enigma that is Uri Geller. ""But psychic phenomena is a reality. Everyone has felt a sense of deja vu. How many cases have there been of a mother who knows her son has been hurt when she could not possibly have the evidence? You cannot deny that ESP exists. ""I possess it more than others, perhaps, but it is there."

Source: The Associated Press
Date: April 3, 1987
Article title: Debunkers' Group Targets 'Trance Channeling,' Uri Geller
Geller, reached by telephone in New York, insisted his powers are real and said he "loves" CSICOP "because they're my free publicity department.

"I will always be happy and glad to hear their comments about me and my powers as long as they promise to spell Uri Geller correctly... I'm rich and famous because of them."Geller's book includes a section about the skeptics "and exposes their lies," he said, adding, "in the long run, the truth always wins."

Source: Courier-Mail
Date: December 6, 1986
Article title: Expoliting [sic] the art of natural psychic energy
The phenomena accepted, however, Geller is unable to tell us anything new about ""my powers". The process he describes _ visualising a blank screen in his mind and waiting for an image to appear, concentrating his thoughts when wishing force to flow outwards, the rapid draining of his ""pool" of psychic energy _ will be familiar to clairvoyants and healers.

Source: Pacific Stars and Stripes, pp 13-14
Date: April 3, 1983
City: Tokyo, Japan
Article title: Psychic power: It's the mind over a matter of disbelief
A question about detractors, those who call him a fraud: "There are people that can duplicate with trickery some of the things I do. I do it real. . . the field is controversial. But I look at Galileo. They wanted to kill him when he said the world was round."

Dr. James McClenon raises his hand tiying to get Geller's attention. McClenon is a University of Maryland sociology professor whose book, "Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology," will be published this year. He asks Geller:

"Some magicians say they have seen you cheating. Do you ever cheat?

"No," Geller replies quickly.

Source: Indiana Evening Gazette, p 11
Date: April 6, 1981
City: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Article title: Spoon-Bending Psychic -- Is He A Fake?
[Geller] conceded that magicians can appear to duplicate his metal bending, but added, "It's like putting a Picasso next to a fine copy. You can't tell the difference, but one is a fake."

Source: Newsweek, p 9
Date: January 28, 1980
Article title: A psychic turns to word power
"I think we're entering an era where powers like mine will be believed," says controversial Israeli psychic Uri Geller. "The masses already believe, but the scientific community still thinks I'm just an extremely good magician."

Source: Lockhart Post-Register, p 1B
Date: November 8, 1979
City: Lockhart, Texas
Article title: Uri's strange power
Geller, who became a household word in his native country, the United States, and Great Britian, could not explain his "powers." He said: "I just feel it must come from some external source... Perhaps everybody has got this within them, but it requires a certain power to trigger it of. I am sure, though, the power must come from an intelligent form of energy."

Source: Sentinel and Enterprise, p 10
Date: November 18, 1977
City: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Article title: Uri Geller Doesn't Know Source
"Magicians can use trickery to reproduce many of the things I do," Geller said. "I am not a magician. I don't know the tricks they use. I just have these powers."

Source: The Athens Messenger, p 10
Date: July 22, 1976
City: Athens, Ohio
Article title: Geller on 'Options'
"They're laughing at me now, but years from now everyone will have the power to bend keys," says Uri Geller, who claims to have a variety of psychic powers. But according to the Amazing Randi, a magician who also bends keys, "Geller is a trickster, pure and simple."

Source: The Herald-Palladium, p 18
Date: May 5, 1976
City: Benton Harbor, Michigan
Article title: Their Watches Ran
More than 1,000 people called a Detroit television station following a broadcast in which Israeli psychic Uri Geller told viewers he could make their broken watches start running again. Geller appeared this week on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news shows of WWJ-TV in Detroit. He told viewers to hold on to their broken watches and to concentrate on making them run. Many of the callers told the station Geller had brought new life to their old watches. "I believe we all have this power," said Geller. "I'm triggering this in people."

Source: Gastonia Gazette, p 6
Date: May 2, 1976
City: Gastonia, North Carolina
Article title: Uri Geller: Fake, fact?
Q. If you don't use sleight of hand yourself, why do you continually perform feats that can be accomplished by sleight of hand?

A. Look, everything I do can be duplicated by tricks. But nothing I do can be duplicated by magicians under scientifically controlled conditions. I'm famous for what I did in laboratories around the world, not for my stage performances.

Q. Couldn't you close the controversy by simply pulling something off on TV that is beyond the ken of any magician?

A. Maybe I can't.

Q. Then why should we believe you have paranormal powers?

A. I couldn't care less who believes me and who doesn't. As long as I and the scientists who tested know the truth, I don't care about the people who are fighting me.

Source: Kingsport Times-News, p 18
Date: April 3, 1976
City: Kingsport, Tennessee
Article title: Psychic Uri Geller: fraud or phenomenon?
Handsome Geller, who says he isn't ashamed of using his "powers" to make money from personal appearances, his book a record album and an upcoming movie of his life, says these so-called powers "baffle me."

He says he believes:
— Absolutely in God
—In a huge cosmic connection
— In exlraterrestial intelligences and UFOs
— That his "power" or "forces" come from "somewhere under God."
— That the "power" or "forces" cannot be used for negative or harmful demonstrations.
— That what some might consider silly demonstrations for such "powers" or "intelligences" are simply coming as proof to open up man's mind.
— That if he continues to work with scientists, "One day in the future there will be enough scientific evidence that the human race will have to change its mind."

Source: New York Times, p 59
Date: December 13, 1975
City: New York City, New York
Article title: Magicians Term Israeli 'Psychic' a Fraud
"I couldn't care less," Geller said in a telephone interview about the new books [including Randi's The Magic of Uri Geller]. He added that the books contained lies about him but later said that he had not bothered to read them. "I know that what I do is real and that is enough," Geller said.

Source: Corpus Christi Times, p 36
Date: November 13, 1975
City: Corpus Christi, Texas
Article title: Ultimate Mind may bring harmony
My feeling is that we all have these powers, and that science is just now confirming this in important physics labs throughout the world.

Source: Daily Review, p 4
Date: September 6, 1975
City: Hayward, California
Article title: Geller--psychic wonder or fraud?
Well, Uri Geller admitted to me in the presence of two witnesses that in his days as a stage mentalist in Israel he had cheated. But the question is: Does he cheat all the time?

His critics say, of course. Uri says, no.

Source: Pacific Stars and Stripes, p 4
Date: August 30, 1975
City: Tokyo, Japan
Article title: Telepathist Ticks off Watchmakers
"I'm not the only one who has these powers," he said. "My energy didn't fix all those watches. Many people have the power. All I did was awaken it in them. I challenged that power to come out.

"There is inexhaustible energy in the minds of people."

Source: The Bee, p 1
Date: August 25, 1975
City: Danville, Virginia
Article title: 'Witches' Holding Congress
Geller told of his powers, which he said were first evident when he was 4 years old, of ancestral links to Sigmund Freud and said he was "certain that some higher power beyond the human is triggering" what he and other people do with para-sensorial faculties.

Replying to a question, he said "the CIA or the FBI have never contacted me personally trying to use me, but some American agencies appear to have financed some of the scientific probes made to test my powers."

Source: Newport Daily News, p 5
Date: August 22, 1975
City: Newport, Rhode Island
Article title: 'Freud descendant' has strange powers
Geller, a 6-foot male-model type in a boldly printed Italian shirt that bares his hairy chest, attempts to explain his extraordinary, if controversial powers:

Geller, who believes he is a distant cousin of Sigmund Freud on his mother's side, claims he cannot be more explicit. "All this is impossible to explain," he says.

"Criticism doesn't bother me," says Geller, who won't touch alcohol because of its "distortive" qualities and the possibility liquor might impair his powers. "All negatives expressed verbaly or written, create public controversy. Without controversy, it isn't possible to be internationally famous. Despite the fact that some people have labeled me a quack and a charlatan, I continue to pursue my work. Respected scientists have admitted that I defy accepted concepts. And, really, that's the point of my existence."

"Nobody can tell me what to do. I have many strange powers. But I cannot be forced to unlock my energies. I must be free — totally, uninhibitedly, uncquivocably free. That means being able to do what I want to do.

Source: Oakland Tribune, p 3
Date: July 13, 1975
City: Oakland, California
"Magicians are hardest to convince," he says, "because they think they can duplicate what I do." But he has performed feats that even they have been unable to explain. He has mystified audiences and scientists in one country after another.

While he cannot explain such happenings, Geller has his own theory. He feels he is merely an instrument through which higher forces or intelligences are operating, for some reasons he has not yet worked out.

"When everything is added up, I don't really know what the intelligences want," he says.

"If I know one thing, it is that these intelligences are working and communicating, no matter how hard that is for anyone to believe. My theory is that energies are coming through me from a higher source. I am not talking of God here. I'm talking about things under God. Still, I don't understand all the things that are happening to me, or through me."

He thinks it is important for the world to know about the intelligences, "because they are real and they are going to prove out, even if it takes time."

Source: The Times, pp 21-22
Date: June 18, 1975
City: San Mateo, California
Article title: The Strange World of Uri Geller
"You see." Geller explains, "everyone has this power . . . I somehow seem to trigger it in some people. I ask only that the skeptics forget for a brief moment about skepticism and try to believe — and see for themselves what happens."

He says. "I don't want anyone to think of me as Jesus No. 2, or as a fraud or faker, or magician. How could I take your key on your chain and do this?" he asks. "How could what happens outside there happen, if it were not some great force and power around us?"

Geller frankly says before any demonstration. "I don't know if this will work. Sometimes it does not. It helps when people don't work against me. when they think with me, so we can do this together. . . . Sometimes if an interviewer is hostile. I walk out. I know what I do is real. I don't have to defend myself. Things I have done are very strange, and some of the things that have happened to me are hard to believe. It was hard for me to believe, but they happened I hope it never happens to me again."

Source: North Hill News Record, p 8
Date: November 14, 1973
City: Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Article title: He bends metal with his mind
Geller told us that his psychic gift is called psychokinesis.

Besides being able to bend keys, he says he can transport objects great distances without touching them. He can do mental telepathy and he is clairvoyant.

He can't explain how he does these things other than saying, "There is an intelligent power coming through me from some other place.

Source: The Lima News, p 38
Date: August 5, 1973
City: Lima, Ohio
Article title: Eerie Psychic Can Break Forks With His Eyes
"There's an article in there with Time magazine calling me a magician and saying I left my country in disgrace. That's ridiculous . . . No one leaves Israel in disgrace. What do you want to know?"

For starters, I wanted to know why Time magazine said he was a magician.

"Ach," he said, as only an Israeli can ach. "I don't know. It's ridiculous, but you'll see. Esquire is coming out with the whole story in December. You'll see. I'm no magician. What I do
is real...."

"This is it. This is what I can do. I don't know why exactly but I do know it's a power.

"But it's not my power. I'm just an instrument of a power that is coming through me — I think the force is an intelligence that causes things to happen through me."

Source: The Lowell Sun, p 105
Date: June 10, 1973
City: Lowell, Massachusetts
Article title: Israeli paratrooper bends metal with his mind
Ask Uri Geller what he does and he calls it a power which flows through him from some outside source. And that source?

Ah, that's a secret he isn't willing to reveal — yet.

Source: San Mateo Times, pp 23-24
Date: May 30, 1973
City: San Mateo, California
Article title: Israeli Mystic Thrills Crowd
Whence comes this "power'' beyond normal — the extension of senses beyond the common perceptions?

Uri Geller told his audience simply, "My theory is that what I do here on the stage or when anything happens around me — every little of that is under my control. Today a fork split in half (Geoffrey Smith, Ph.D. at Stanford, had earlier shown the spoon that bent and the fork that split at luncheon. He had witnessed it).

Geller explained. "I don't control it . . . How this power works around me, I don't know . . . But I do believe a great, intelligent power operates through me.

Skeptics remained skeptics. Those who want to believe that the paranormal is simply an extension of the "normal," and those who did their best to keep an open mind left with a question mark.

Geller said, "Even if you don't believe what I have done — believe that there are as yet unexplained powers — without you all here wanting it to happen, it could not have happened."

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