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From Beyond Understanding

James Randi

Audio recording - Martin Breese, 1977

Quotes & Notes




  • "Here's a man, Uri Geller, who came over from his native country, Israel, because he was actually arrested, brought to court, tried and convicted, for exactly what he collected millions of dollars around the world, doing. They said, in court, in Beersheba, that, he was claiming to do paranormal things, giving a demonstration of parapsychological wonders, when in reality he was using common magicians tricks. And they proved it in court. I don't know if that proof would stand up, but, er, (it?) went through several courts, I don't know whether the average magicians performance could be Proved to be, a fraud. Though I think all us, magicians we would admit it.

    Remarks

    As Randi and others later conceded, almost all of these claims are in error; Geller was never arrested or brought to court. The Beersheba case was a civil matter and Geller was not required to attend.

  • "Also, in Australia, professors Kamman and Marks, two psychologists down there, who studied Geller were first of all were somewhat taken in by him but not for long, they began to study the phenomena they realised that it wasn't all that difficult to do. .. .on one occasion where they left their (the?) envelope around for a couple of hours while Geller fooled around with keys and spoons and concentrated on sealed boxes and other objects drawn on pieces of paper concealed in peoples pockets and whatnot and the envelopes sort of kicked back and forth across the table, that at one point they left the room, when they came back into the room Geller decided he would try the envelope and after trying the envelope he quickly grabbed the envelope, he'd made a drawing that is on a pad of paper, grabbed the envelope and quickly tore it open himself by tearing the end off the envelope. Throwing the envelope away into the rubbish, and examining the drawing and lo and behold it was a very accurate representation of what was inside the envelope. But then they bothered, and they were clever enough to, go to the wastepaper basket and pick out the envelope. They found that it wasn't necessary to tear the end off the envelope at all, the envelope was already open because it had been forced open by being peeled up along the flap and then pasted back down again. It was obvious that that had been done when they were out of the room. Or away for lunch or whatever. So this points to the fact that perhaps Mr. Shipi Shtrang got a hold of it and was able to pass the information on to Geller in one way or another, this not to difficult to do during a lunch hour, when they're all sitting at the table together. I think that any of you could work out a way of doing it very easily. So Geller made the mistake, he's not all that smart sometimes, and instead of tearing it open along the flap like it was originally torn open he'd torn the end off the envelope and opened it up. But he didn't count on them examining the envelope afterwards, for evidence."

    Remarks

    The Full account of this event is appears in "The Psychology of the Psychic" by Marks & Kammann. As their description makes clear, Shipi was not present on this occasion, nor was the envelope kicking around for hours.


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