Uri Geller, a performer who has won a wide following as the possessor of "strong telepathic powers", was last night termed a fraud by four Jerusalem computer unit employees.
The charge was made by one of the men, Mr. Yosef Allon, in an interview over the evening radio newsreel. Confronted with Mr. Allon, Mr. Geller told the radio interviewer he would have to "consult first" before deciding whether to sue for libel.
Explaining how his suspicions were aroused, Mr. Allon said he went to a Geller performance and was as impressed as anyone else in the audience until Geller did a card trick that he, Allon, had been doing for years.
A closer study of each of Geller's "telepathic feats" was then made by Allon and three colleagues at the computer unit of the Goverment Office Mechanization Centre, Danny Zehavi, Yitzhak Ziskind and Alexander Eshed.
Last week, they demonstrated the results by performing a series of Geller's acts before an impressed audience of the University psychology department. The four then expained that the feats of "thought transference" were accomplished mainly by sleight of hand.
A member of the audience was Dr. Moshe Capsi, of the University's School of Education, who ahd also seen Geller perform. He told the radio newsreel last night that the four were not only as good as Geller, but made fewer mistakes.
Among the acts that Allon claims to have successfully imitated is that of driving a car blindfolded, allegedly guided only by the "concentration" of his passengers on the contours of the road. Allon declined to reveal publicly how this is accomplished.