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Magicians on Uri Geller

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  • Ian Keable - personal communication, 27 August 2010

    "...There is no dispute that Uri Geller is absolutely superb at what he does; but I think it’s long past where any rational person actually believes he is not using ‘tricks’ to achieve feats such as his spoon bending and drawing duplications.

    When Uri bent my spoon in the dressing room after our show, "Uri Geller Stopped My Clock", I personally didn’t see him physically bend the spoon; but then I wasn’t watching out for it. I thought it was very nice of him to offer to do it – and also very bold, as we had also done a form of spoon bending in our own show which he had just seen. As such, I was happy to view it like any non-magician might do: and go along with his ‘misdirection’, which, if I recall correctly, involved discussing whether we had given him a suitable piece of cutlery and whether there was any other metal in the vicinity.

    One of my fellow performers said that he did see Uri bend the spoon; but I haven’t discussed it with him in detail as I was happy to go with the ‘moment’.

    What surprised me about the bend in the spoon was that it was curved, as opposed to being bent at an angle. This make it appear more natural and, if he had used one hand to accomplish the feat, it was an impressive demonstration of his strength. On the other hand he could have used both hands and bent it against his leg!

    In any event it’s a moment I won’t ever forget; and the bent spoon itself is one of my favourite pieces of magical memorabilia (see attached illustrations). Uri Geller was charm himself when we met him and, based on that meeting, I have nothing but respect and admiration for what he does."

    With best regards.


    Corporate Entertainment Magician and Mind Reader Ian Keable

  • Harry Meier ("Diabelli")

    "So I came to my very personal conclusion that Uri Geller has some percentage of "abilities" altough I am still convinced that he is using 90% of the time tricks. I searched all the years for an explanation but found none. Well, if something can not be explained it doesn't mean that there is no explanation....Psi or not...

    Harry Meier - personal communication, 6 February 2008

  • Mark Wilson

    ""Uri Geller, on the other hand, claims he is a psychic.  He's not — he's a fraud. I can either duplicate what he does or explain how he does it.  I have challenged him, but he refuses to appear on the same TV show with me. Sure, if you don't see the trick part, it looks like a miracle."

    Bob Martin. - Independent Press-Telegram, California. - 18 May 1975

  • Jeff Haas   -   personal communication  17 September 2002

    "While I knew what to look for (like I do with anyone doing sleight-of-hand...I do a lot myself), Uri was absolutely masterful at putting the bend in.  His focus was completely on the presentation; it's almost like he studied Vernon's advice to "be natural" and took it to heart.  I know what moment he did the bend, but didn't actually see him doing it.  He is much, much better than any of the recent videos being sold to the trade on metal bending or mentalism.  He feels "real" when he performs, whereas most of the mentalists out there feel like they're doing a trick."


  • William V. Rauscher

    "Eventually to demonstrate his ability Geller bent some spoons. Then, to my dismay, he bent my house key. I detected no flaw in his performance, and whatever method I might have suspected was not apparent; nor did I observe any unusual moves as I watched him bend table flatware for the other guests."

    "The Mind Readers - Masters of Deception" - 2002, Mystic Light Press

  • Werner Geissler-Werry

    "He [Geller] is only unfortunately - a swindler! ("Er ist nur leider - ein Schwindler! ")

    "Der Mann, den Uri Geller nicht verbiegen konnte" - Aachener Zeitung, 16 January 1999

  • Paul Alberstat

    "Many of the top Mentalists in the world have no idea how Uri Geller can make a compass needle move. Since he does so in his bathing suit and has been checked over by ultra sensitive equipment for metal or magnetic radiation, he obviously is NOT using a hidden magnet to move the compass needle. Since reliable sources (and knowledgeable magicians) have not only witnessed Geller make spoons bend but have witnessed them to continue moving long after Mr. Geller has left, I would challenge these so called protectors and magic geniuses to explain how he does it. If they reply, “I don’t know for sure” then they have no right to say that he is a fake."

    PSIncerely Yours   - No.4  June 2000

  • Ray Hyman

    "...but people like Milbourne Christopher, you know, good magician, well known, stuff like that... and Christopher, like many magicians, you know he's a smart guy in many ways, and writes books on ESP, he actually was fooled completely, as many magicians were, by Geller.  He didn't have a clue what Geller was doing.  But, he's not going to admit that, no magician, self respecting magician, will admit that.  This is a weakness of magicians. So he made up what he,... he said Geller's using corosive chemicals, he said there's chemicals on his hands, to weaken the metal of the spoon and that's what makes it bend.  Well immediately Geller and other people pointed out, had he used these chemicals on his hands he'd have had no fingers left by now. 

    Point of Inquiry - podcast, 5 June 2009

  • Banacheck (Steve Shaw)

    "I will say I think he is a very clever man and a very clever performer... I have worked on the same stage with Geller and in the same room. I have seen him cheat."

  • Marvin Berglas - (On Geller's spoon-bending)

    "I watch for any sleight of hand big time, I really do,... 'I have also seen it and studied tapes and watched it on TV. But you tend to get so wrapped up in him, in his personality, that you are wanting it to happen, and you are willing it to happen. It's a nice little trick, yes. It looks absolutely perfect the way it bends. I also find it fascinating that as he gets older, he seems to get exhausted by doing it. Is he a magician? I am not sceptical, but I veer on the side that there is logic behind most of these things. Personally, I think he is a mixture of things. Let's say if he is a magician, he has got to be one of the best, if not the best, in the world."

    Uri Geller - Magician or Mystic? by Jonathan Margolis.   -   Chapter 16 - The Magicians

  • Eugene Burger

    "Magicians get angry at [Uri] Geller because he is, we believe, a magician who does not admit to being one. That anger might be better directed at the fact that Geller uses his magic to promote only himself, leaving those who believe in him, and our world, no better off (and perhaps a bit worse than that)."

    Strange Ceremonies   -   1991

  • Jan Crosby   -   personal communication  7 January 2004

    "Everybody (at least it ought to) know that he is a mentalist, and a pretty good one too. But that's all there is. .. "Cheating"? Off course he cheat, just the same as all off us do when we do magic."

  • Roger Crosthwaite - personal communication - 1 November 2004

    "I have always greatly admired Uri Geller's ability to create wonder in the minds of those who watch him work. whenever he performs he appears to be as far removed from a "trickster" as chalk is from cheese. Maybe this is what irks some of our fellow-magicians. Maybe not.
     The art of magic isabout concealing the modus operandi. It is the art that conceals art. Uri is a true magician in this sense. If, on the basis of his spoon bending, he was claiming to be able to heal or guide a persons' future in some way, then I'd feel very uncomfortable indeed. I'd feel a very fine line had been crossed. In fact, in my presence Uri distinctly distanced himself from any such claims.
     In my view, it's pure magic and wonder-full entertainment.
     Of course, if he did appear to possess some "gift of healing" this would need to be assessed on other grounds altogether... but that is not the question here in any case.
     On a personal note, I believe that all things ultimately have their explanation. I believe that our distinction between normal and paranormal (explained and unexplained) is only our distinction based on the knowledge we have currently available. This is as true for our understanding of Uri as for anyone or anything else in life."

  • Abb Dickson   -   personal communication  8 March 2001

    "My original observation was made in 1975, long before the true research by the magic community of Geller's supposed 'powers,' However, my opinion has changed greatly. I NOW DO NOT BELIEVE THAT WHAT I SAW MR. GELLER DO WAS PARANORMAL. I simply believe that it was a "superior performance of a magic trick"...one that now, after becoming enlightened on the subject matter, is explainable."

  • Peter Duffie   -   personal communication  3 September 2003

    I don't have a belief in Uri's powers. Simply because, to date, I've never met him. However, I dispute all so-called exposures by Randi and others that claim to be the methods used by Uri. A viewing of the Stanford Research Videos and various lab reports show that most methods touted by the sceptics are almost certainly not those used by Uri. This is also backed up by personal reports from people like Barrie Richardson and others I know who are experts in the fields of close-up magic & mentalism with an in-depth knowledge of misdirection techniques. These guys would not be fooled by the spoon-bending methods published Randi, Ben Harris and others. Bear in mind that with spoon-bending, the audience know "in advance" what the effect will be. There is no surprise element - no twists or final kickers. A spoon is held, and the spoon will bend. Yet, Uri has succeeded in fooling some very clever magicians with just that. The very idea that one simply has to create a method that "resembles" the phenomenon = fraud, is totally silly.

  • Richard Kaufman

    "Uri Geller is a magician! He uses tricks! He has no real powers"

    The Genii Forum   -   31 January 2003   -   Topic: "Uri Geller real or fraud?"

  • Andy Leviss

    "I don't have a problem with Geller, whether he claims to be real or not; I do have a problem with specific things he and others may claim that can do damage to other people (specifically alleged claims relating to psychic healing)...it can be a fine line, and at times he crosses it."

  • Rudolf Mayr - Personal communication

    "Zeugenerklärung der Echtheit von Uri-Gellers psychokinetischen Metallveränderungen. In einer Bühnenpräsentation anlässlich dem WIZO-Ball im grossen Saal des Bellevue-Palace in Bern führte Uri Geller seine psychokinetisches Können vor, wobei ich mich zur Beobachtung und Kontrolle auf der Bühne aufgehalten habe. Dort konnte ich im kein vorsätzliches bewusstes Täuschen bzw. Tricksen nachweisen. Nach Beendigung seiner Darbietung auf der Bühne hat Uri Geller mich in die Hotelküche gebeten, um einen von mir ausgewählten Löffel aus einem vollgefüllten grossen Löffelbehälter zu biegen, was ihm bis zum entzweibrechen gelang. Anschliessend hat er mich in sein Hotelzimmer gebeten, um mich weiter als ehemaliger Gegener von der Existenz paranormaler Vorgänge zu überzeugen. Als dreifacher Gewinner vom jeweils ersten Preis der Zauberkunst (Disziplin "Manipulation") habe ich von der offiziellen Landesvereinigung, dem Magischen Ring der Schweiz, dreimal in Folge 1963, 1964 und 1966 jeweils den ersten Preis gewonnen. Aufgrund dieser Vergangenheit kann ich bestätigen, dass Uri Geller echte paranormale Fähigkeiten besitzt. Uri Geller hat sich insofern so Intensiv mit mir beschäftigt, da ich vor diesem Treffen tricktechnisch die Uri Geller Darbietung öffentlich nachvollzogen habe und seither aus Ehrfurcht dies nicht mehr mache." Münchenbuchsee, 12.9.2005

  • Allan Slaight   -   personal communication  20 February 2003

    "I am a true skeptic and had also read books and viewed videos on how magicians bend keys.

    Uri got in my car, pulled a spoon from the hotel from his pocket and asked me to examine it. It was solid and hard to bend by force. He held it between one finger and thumb by the bowl and g-e-n-t-l-y rubbed it with a finger of his other hand. It began to bend!

    Then he placed it on the dashboard near the windshield and as I watched, the spoon bent by itself until it was at a ninety degree angle. I was later told that this is referred as "after bending" although I had not heard of it or had it described before.

    There was no switch of the spoon or secret bending after I had examined it. It simply stayed in plain sight at all times.

    By total coincidence although Uri would call it something else I had just received a book I had ordered about him by Margolin (?) -- an English author. (I'm typing this in Florida and the book is in Toronto.) I had not read it when I met him but, naturally, I raced to it the next day. Therein, I encountered for the first time another's description of the after-bending phenomenon. In the author's case, the partially bent spoon was placed by Uri on Margolin's son's hand where it continued to bend to 90 degrees.

    We invited Uri and his partner (who was not with us in the car) to a charity event that evening emceed by magician David Ben. I had shown David the bent spoon earlier. During the evening, Uri volunteered to bend a spoon which could then be auctioned off for the charity. David watched him like a hawk as Uri borrowed a spoon from a guest at one of the tables. Again, with gentle rubbing, the spoon bent. Then Uri placed it in that condition on the lectern David was using and stood well back. David had other duties to perform, but when he next looked at the spoon it had bent some more to 90 degrees.

    That's all I can tell you. I have no explanation."

    (A fuller account of Allan Slaight's meeting with Geller can be found in:  Midnight Hour:  Canadian Accounts of Eerie Experiences - Colombo, Robert. - The Dundurn Group, 2004 - ISBN 1550024965)

  • Barrie Richardson   -   personal communication   March 2003

    "I really do not know how he fooled me. As you know he also fooled David Ben who is a world class sleight of hand guy. I do not think he has any supernatural powers..do you? Maybe he has super strong fingers. The spoon is on my shelf..It is so thick that I can not bend it back.."

  • Robert A. Steiner

    Robert A. Steiner, National President (1988-1989) of the Society of American Magicians stated categorically, June 16th, that URI GELLER does magic tricks which are well known to those who study magic. These tricks are described in the vast literature associated with the art of magic. Steiner further stated that Uri Geller is a skilled, talented and creative performer, but there is no validated evidence that this is of a supernatural nature.

    Newletter of the North Texas Skeptics   August 1991

  • David Ben   -   personal communication  7 February 2003

    "The quote must have been taken from an email correspondence I had with Marcello Truzzi, who unfortunately, just passed away.  Marcello was also good friends with Uri. And no, I did not believe at the time that I witnessed something of a psychic nature. I believed I witnessed something quite wonderful - something that I could not explain - but not psychic. Just becaue I cannot explain something does not automatically place it in the realm of the paranormal because the operator says so. I do like Uri, however, but not because of a belief that he has psychic ability. Hope this helps. Also, no need to keep this response confidential."


    David Ben's full account of this incident cab be found in Midnight Hour:  Canadian Accounts of Eerie Experiences - Colombo, Robert. - The Dundurn Group, 2004 - ISBN 1550024965

  • Dr. Penguin (Chedly Saheb-Ettaba)   -   personal communication  7 February 2003

    "No I don't know how he did it. Do I think he uses psychic powers? No I don't believe that he used psychic powers, I never said that I did!. I said I don't know how he does it! (I wouldn't tell even if I did!)

    I watched him warm up the fork and rub it for quite a while. He also was applying pressure from both sides with his hands, holding the fork between them, end to end, going back and forth from rubbing to pressing. It did not bend in front of me, it did however bend slowly every time he stopped to examine the fork, it had bent a little more each time."

  • Andre Kole

    "What most people do not realize about Uri Geller-what he has tried to suppress in his publicity-is that he studied and practiced magic as a youth in Israel. But he quickly realized that he attracted a far greater following by claiming paranormal powers than he did as a conjurer. In fact, most of what he does would be rather insignificant coming from a magician."

    Miracles or Magic?  by André Kole and Al Janssen.   -   Harvest House Publishers, 1987   ISBN 0890815798

  • Paul Daniels

    "But he is a great showman. I don't know where you draw the line. I mean if he's a con-artist to what extent is he a con-artist? Who has he conned? He is entertainment value, but he has no psychic powers whatsoever. He cannot bend metal by thought waves, he can do nothing by thought waves. He's a good entertainer if you leave it at that."

    Interview with Paul Daniels

  • Drew McAdam   -  Personal communication, October 2002

    "I will say only this: I have seen Uri do things that, even as a mentalist and amateur conjuror of some 30 years, I cannot explain. I know how mind-magicians obtain the effects they do... I know the illusionist's mechanics of producing so-called psychic effects that look incredibly convincing to the layman. However, I can categorically say that Uri Geller uses none of these methods. Quite simply, the man is a phenomenon."

  • Stephen Minch

    "The newest and most sensational outcropping of supposed PK powers has happened in the form of a brilliant young Israeli magician, Uri Geller. Geller specializes in bending metal objects like spoons, keys and nails by concentrating on them. Unlike his predecessors, he is amazingly versatile and constantly changes his feats and methods so as to defy detection. His brand of working is totally new to both magic and psychic investigation. He is totally unpredictable and completely natural in bearing. He is not a showman in the usual sense of the word. Yet, drama is inherent in what he does. His methods are unorthodox and clever. Even magicians can only guess at them. At the time of this writing Geller has yet to be caught and, if he keeps operating in the same manner, is not likely to be. He is riding a fantastic wave of publicity - everyone knows about the man who bends keys with his mind."

    Mind and Matter   Hades Publications, 1975

  • Bill Masden

    "Lately, I've read reams of debate on the pros and cons of Uri Geller. I've vacillated in my own mind from one side to the other. But, now I think I have it all clear when its reduced to rights versus responsibilities. The argument is beautifully summed up in sam Dalal's letter as published in "The Magic of Uri Geller" as revealed by The Amazing Randi. If you haven't read it you should. My own conlusion is that Geller has the right to entertain his audience by any means at his disposal. (In fact, I'd venture his shows are far more entertaining than some of the movies produced lately - and the price is about the same.) But, Geller has the responsibility NOT TO CHEAT his audience whether by convincing them to believe in a phony occult power or by encouraging imitators to act on the principle that ends justify means."

    New Pentagram Vol. 8 No. 12 - February 1977

  • Jerry Schnepp

    'In my opinion, he's a good magician, and it never goes beyond that,'' says Jerry Schnepp, president of the St. Louis-based International Brotherhood of Magicians. ''Many people do spoon bending, and it's done with misdirection. There is no so-called force there other than Uri Geller.''

     Uri Geller on a new bent

  • REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE CLAIMS MADE BY URI GELLER.   Issued by The Society of American Magicians, 8th December 1993

    "Uri Geller claims to possess certain psychic powers, disclaiming to have accomplished his performances by anything other than psychic or supernatural means. The committee witnessed videotapes of two interviews of Mr. Geller where he performed on television and demonstrated several feats, including the changing of time on a wrist watch, the bending of a key, the bending of a spoon, and causing a compass needle to move. The performance on the videotapes were not done under test conditions. This committee would have preferred to have Mr.Geller demonstrate certain of his effects under test conditions so as to disprove or eliminate any trickery.
    The members of the committee conclude that Mr. Geller did not demonstrate any genuine psychic powers on the videotapes. The demonstrations by Mr. Geller are based upon the use of various magical techniques, including sleight-of-hand and misdirection, which the skilled Mr. Geller has honed to considerable accomplishment. He has demonstrated substantial showmanship in his representations. Accordingly, it is the unanimous opinion of this committee that Mr. Geller does not display any psychic or supernatural abilities which would permit him to bend keys or spoons, move a compass needle or make a watch hand move. All of these effects may be duplicated by the use of established magical methods."

    Respectfully submitted - Sidney H. Radner; Paul Critelli; Fr. Cyprian; John Bohannon; Raymond Goulet.

  • John Wade

    "Geller did nothing new, all his feats have been reproduced under similar or harder conditions by practicing magicians, he employed staff, or at least was seldom alone, hence creating wonderful misdirection when all eye's were meant to be on him. Geller achieved the showman's prime purpose, he made people all over the world talk about him, and that's some achievement!"

    Personality Parade - John Wade

  • Wayne Alan

    "In the mid 1970's, Time Magazine did a feature article on Uri Geller, the supposed psychic. Shortly after the article appeared, NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center invited Mr. Geller to give a demonstration of his powers. Time recommended to NASA that they have a professional magician, trained in the art of deception, attend the demonstration to make sure the scientists were not duped. NASA contacted Wayne Alan. At that demonstration, under the watchful eye of Mr. Alan, Mr. Geller seemed to lose his "special powers" and no keys or spoons were found to bend."

    Wayne Alan - Biography

    "The Geller demonstration that I oversaw was probably around 1974-75... As I recall he did his standard blackboard test, two or three other tests that I can't remember (the magnetometer does not ring a bell) and then closed with trying to bend a key. My eyes were 18 inches from his hand-no keys were bent that day."

    Wayne Alan - personal communication - 3 Feburary 2003

  • Author's identity witheld   -   Source: Conjuring publication

    "He asked me if I had brought a spoon and I had,... as he asked me. I took it put and handed it to him, he paid little attention to it and suddenly he stood up and was half way across the lobby before I had time to understand what was happening, he said to me and the girls to come, he wanted to show the waitresses too. There we were, all gathered up around him, he rubbed the spoon and it bent upward. Everybody was gasping, except me. ... Well, first of all... rushing away from us like that made me VERY suspicous. And when I got to the little crowd, I stood at a very bad angle for Uri, but good for me. I could clearly see how he did it....He took the menu that was on the table and ripped it in half and gave one half to one of the girls and kept one for himself. He asked her to draw something then place her hand on top of it. He turned away and she drew something. When she had finished, he took the pen and drew something. Needless to say, they both matched...For the second effect, I caught him too, I saw exactly how he did it. Probably because Im not an average guy, Im a hawkeyed mentalist...Why didn't I say something? Because he is a nice person, as I said in the beginning...I said that I had no clue of how he did it. Why? Because I don't care to reveal him for a fake, I wouldn't want to ruin the experience for the girls. And I'd rather keep I Uri as a friend."

  • Author's identity witheld   -   Source: Conjuring publication

    "Later I was honoured that he addressed a question directly at me as he executed the covert mis-shaping of the spoon, and that afterwards he took me to one side and gave me the spoon, complete with signature."

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