Uri Geller

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  Uri Geller—Telekenetic

December 20, 1946, Tel Aviv, Israel, between 2:00 AM and 2:30 AM, EET. (Source: Richard Nolle in Dell, February 1976; “data through Puharich, who wrote of Geller after testing”.           

(Ascendant, Libra or Scorpio; MC, Leo with Saturn conjunct the MC and Saturn loosely conjunct Pluto also in Leo; Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius; Moon in Scorpio, conjunct  both Venus and Jupiter also in Scorpio; Mars in Capricorn; Uranus in Gemini; Neptune in Libra)

First paranormal experience on December 25, 1949. International reputation as a phenomenon by 1971, when he began to demonstrate his abilities professionally. tested by Stanford Research Institute in 1972; odds pronounced to be trillion to one against chance.



I am very healthy. I eat vegetarian food, am partly vegan, avoid all chemicals and additives and take vitamins.

I believe in past lives but I know nothing about mine and I don't want to know. I live in the present, taking one day at a time.

I think I usually have quite ordinary dreams. Sometimes my dreams take me to other dimensions. I can travel in my mind especially when I'm dreaming I focus my mind on what I want to dream. If I want to fly, I focus on flying.

I was about five years old when I was eating soup in our kitchen, and as I was lifting the spoon towards my mouth, it bent and broke in half.

I'm a religious man. I am Jewish but I believe in all religions. I believe in God and see him as an old man with a big white beard and pray to him every day for a few minutes.
(Sun in Sagittarius in 2nd house)

I'm writing books, I'm doing TV shows worldwide, and I'm doing many strange things-almost bizarre.

I've just taught thousands of people over the radio in the USA how to mend broken watches and broken house appliances. I am a catalyst or trigger to access these powers.
(Uranus conjunct North Node in 8th house)

I've seen lights in the sky, I've seen UFOs, I've even seen something on the ground that I can't explain, but I've never actually seen a being. I wish I had.

I've stopped caring about skeptics, but if they libel or defame me they will end up in court.
(Libra Ascendant. Scorpio Moon.)

Nowadays even presidents, vice-presidents, and heads of big agencies are opening their minds to accept psychic phenomena, because they know it works.
(Neptune in 12th house. Saturn & Pluto in Leo in 10th house, trine Mercury in Sagittarius.)

Our meaning is to make our little planet Earth a better place to live, to stop wars, disarm nuclear missiles, to stop diseases, AIDS, plague, cancer and to stop pollution.
(Libra Ascendant. Scorpio stellium in 1st house.)

So, I am independently well-off and don't have to do anything, but I still do. I write books, lecture around the world, work with scientists and governments.
(Sun & Mercury in Sagittarius in 2nd house)

Still, I'm not interested in challenges. All my life I've kept away from challenges-do you understand?

The best part of being a vegan is the purity and peace of mind one experiences and the strong connection I feel to the animal kingdom.



“I was sued by a woman who claimed that she became pregnant because she watched me on television and I bent her contraceptive coil.”

“Scientists want full proof under laboratory conditions. And the answer is very simple: When I'm put under pressure, I can't perform. Even the phenomenon I'm most known for. When I'm on stage, I'm not under pressure and it happens. In other important places, it happens. But in a laboratory where I really want it to happen, it's very hard for me.”

“I am not a miracle worker, but I have done things of this nature before. It's 95 per cent down to the team and the players themselves to win. There is a five per cent gap that the fans can close to bring success.”

“a considerable amount of bent spoons line the road that led to this agreement.”

“It took sheer willpower,”
(Pluto in Leo conjunct Saturn.)

“What is important, and I think celebrities should do, is show your children when they are young is that wealth is not important. I took my children when they where young to Brazil, to the shanty towns with children begging. Ever since that day, I have had no problems with my children, if I buy them anything they are grateful.”

“If I am looking for something, for example a lost sunken submarine, I just hold my hands over the map and focus on the submarine until I feel a magnetic pull towards the location. To double check, I fly over the area. There is no deep concentration or meditation involved. I can talk, cycle or do other things at the same time. When I bend a spoon I just stroke the spoon gently and talk to it-bend, bend-and it bends.”


Uri Geller
(born December 20, 1946 in Tel Aviv) is a controversial performer and television personality, made famous by his claims to have genuine psychic powers.

Geller rose to fame after performing a series of televised demonstrations which he claimed were paranormal performances of telekinesis, dowsing and mind-reading. His demonstrations included bending spoons and making watches appear to stop or run faster. Geller maintains that these were done through will power and the strength of his mind, although magicians have long been able to produce identical effects using the tricks of stage-magic. Geller has a number of high profile critics, most notably James Randi, who claim he has no genuine psychic abilities.[1][2]

Born to Jewish parents from Hungary and Austria, Geller was named after a cousin who had been killed in a bus accident. According to Geller, he first became aware of his paranormal abilities when he was four, claiming that after a ball of light from the sky[3] knocked him to the ground, his spoon bent and broke. [citation needed] In an earlier telling of the story, Geller claimed he discovered his abilities when he was first able to tell how well his mother had done at cards which was followed by errant wrist-watches. [4].

He served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Army, [5] and was wounded in action during the 1967 Six-Day War.[6] He worked as a photographic model in 1968 and 1969, the same year he began to perform for small audiences as a nightclub entertainer[7][8], becoming well-known in Israel.

Geller's appearance in 1972 on David Dimbleby's British television program The Dimbleby Talk-In marked the start of his international celebrity.[3] He also became popular in the early 70's in the United States. He also received attention from the scientific community who were interested in examining his claims of psychic abilities. At the peak of his career in the 1970s he worked full-time, performing for television audiences worldwide. Geller semi-retired from public life in the 1980s, although returned to the screens for the current affairs show Uri Nation in the early nineties on satellite TV.

He claims that he has accumulated wealth in part by performing dowsing services to find commodities such as oil, gold, and minerals, but that the companies he has worked for are reluctant to admit it. In recent years he has performed demonstrations such as spoon-bending much less frequently in public[citation needed]. He has also written sixteen fiction and nonfiction books.

Geller currently lives in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, England. He makes various personal appearances, is involved with art and design projects, and contributes articles to newspapers, magazines, and an Internet web column. He is a vegan and speaks four languages, English, Hebrew, Hungarian and German.

He might be called something of a bon vivant, and he maintains many ties with celebrity society. He owns a 1976 Cadillac adorned with thousands of pieces of bent tableware given to him by celebrities or otherwise having historical or other significance. It includes spoons from celebrities such as John Lennon and the Spice Girls, and those with which Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy ate. Geller designed the logo for popular music group *NSYNC and contributed artwork to Michael Jackson's CD, "Invincible," and Jackson was best man when Geller renewed his wedding vows in 2001. He also negotiated the famous TV interview between Jackson with the journalist Martin Bashir: "Living with Michael Jackson". In BBC television interviews Geller has since admitted that he has not been in contact with Jackson since this time. Geller says that he has split with Jackson because of anti-Semitic statements by Jackson. [citation needed]

Geller is an "Israeli delegate" for Magen David Adom ("Red Star of David"), the Israeli affiliate of the Red Cross. ("Israel pleased by 'improved international standing'" Dec. 09, 2005 USA Today.) In an appearance on Esther Rantzen's 1996 television talk show Esther, Geller claimed to have suffered from Anorexia nervosa for several years. In 2002, he became honorary co-chairman of the English Nationwide Conference football club Exeter City, which was relegated to the Nationwide Conference in May 2003. He has since severed formal ties with the club. The same year, he appeared as a contestant on the first series of the British reality TV show, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!

Currently, Geller is hosting a reality show in Israel called "The Successor" ("?????"), where he challenges the contestants to amaze themselves and the audience with displays of their supernatural abilities.

Controversy and criticism

[edit] Parallels to stage magic
Geller admits "Sure, there are magicians who can duplicate it [his performances] through trickery." [9] He claims that even though his demonstrations could have been done using trickery, he uses psychic powers to achieve his results.[9] Skeptic James Randi has stated that if Geller is truly using his mind to perform these feats, "he is doing it the hard way". Stage magicians note several methods of creating the illusion of a spoon spontaneously bending. Most common is the practice of misdirection, an underlying principle of many stage magic tricks. In one or several brief moments of distraction, a magician can physically bend a spoon unseen by the audience, then gradually reveal the bend and thus create the illusion that the spoon is bending before the viewers' eyes. The spoons usually bend at the point where the bowl meets the handle, where bending would require the least force. Skeptics argue that Geller often turns his back on the audience,[citation needed] and point to unusual conditions Geller at times sets for his performances, such as that the objects to be bent need to be moved in front of other metal objects for the psychic effect to work, or to be held underwater[10]. They suggest these conditions would allow opportunities to divert the audience's attention away from the item to be bent[10]. Regarding sturdier objects like keys, they note Geller sometimes claims these items need to be in physical contact with other metal objects,[citation needed] which could allow surreptitious use of leverage between the two objects to achieve the bending.

It has also been suggested that he or a confederate prepares the spoons before television appearances by pre-bending them and thus reducing the amount of force later needed to be applied,[10] and Geller at times has refused to bend spoons to which he has not been given prior access.[10]

Geller claims in "telepathic drawing" demonstrations that he is able to read subjects' minds as they draw a picture. Although in these demonstrations he cannot see the picture being drawn, he is sometimes present in the room and on those occasions can see the subjects as they draw. Critics argue this may allow Geller to infer common shapes from pencil movement and sound, with the power of suggestion doing the rest.[citation needed]

Disagreements over measuring success
Critics note Geller's demonstrations are not always successful. For example, he is not always able during his "telepathic" drawing demonstrations to define the shape or image drawn. [1] Geller has also at times canceled performances or failed to produce the expected results, sometimes blaming his apparent lack of psychic power on some interference, exhaustion, or lack of cooperation by the subjects. He was paid to investigate the kidnapping of Hungarian model Helga Farkas, and, although he predicted she would be found alive and in good health, she was murdered by her kidnappers [2]. He was reportedly unable to bend a spoon for Richard Feynman, as mentioned in the physicist's book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!.

Geller was unable to bend any cutlery during a 1973 appearance on The Tonight Show where the spoons he was to bend had been preselected by Johnny Carson. Earlier in his career, Carson had been an amateur stage magician, as had James Randi who advised Carson on how to thwart potential trickery. Randi explained in a 1993 episode of the television show NOVA: "I was asked to prevent any trickery. I told them to provide their own props and not to let Geller or his people anywhere near them."

Geller's critics often disagree with him about the degree of success actually achieved during demonstrations. For instance, his television appearances have frequently involved viewer interaction, and among the viewers there are very often callers who claim to have located bent spoons or restarted clocks after Geller appeared on TV. Skeptics maintain this does not necessarily indicate paranormal success, and speculate that about half of all stopped mechanical clocks can be at least temporarily restarted simply by moving them around[10].

Uri Geller was born in Israel on December 20, 1946. His parents are of Hungarian and Austrian descent and he is distantly related on his mother's side to Sigmund Freud. At the age of four he had a mysterious encounter with a sphere of light while in a garden near his house.

He first became aware of his unusual powers when he was five. One day, during a meal, his spoon curled up in his hand and broke, although he had applied no physical pressure to it. His parents were somewhat shocked and Uri did not mention the incident to anyone else at that time. He developed these powers in school by demonstrating them to pupils. His mother thought he inherited them from Sigmund Freud.

When he was eleven, he went to live in Cyprus, where he remained until he was seventeen. He then returned to Israel, served as a paratrooper in the Israel army and fought in the Six-Day War of 1967 during which he was wounded in action.

From 1968 to 1969 Uri worked as a model, he was photographed for many different advertisements.

In 1969 he began to demonstrate his powers of telepathy and psychokinesis to small audiences. By the end of 1971, however, his was a household name throughout Israel thanks to his numerous stage appearances. He was given a plug by the then Prime Minister, Golda Meir. When asked on a national radio programme what she predicted for the future of Israel, she replied, "Don't ask me - ask Uri Geller!"

In 1972, Uri left Israel for Europe, where he immediately attracted widespread attention. In Germany, witnessed by reporters and photographers, he stopped a cable-car in mid-air using only the power of his mind. He then did the same to an escalator in a major department store. That same year he went to the United States at the invitation of astronaut Captain Edgar Mitchell of the Apollo 14 mission, the sixth man to set foot on the moon, and scientist, inventor and author Andrija Puharich MD. Among the notable scientists he met were Professor Gerald Feinberg of Columbia University physics Department, Ronald Hawke from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Ron Robertson of the Atomic Energy Commission and NASA's Dr Wernher von Braun, " Father of the Space Age", who testified that his own wedding ring bent in his hand without being touched at any time by Geller.
In 1998 Uri met Brian Josephson, Professor of Physics, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1973.

He also took part in various controlled laboratory experiments. These are described, with full documentation and astonishing illustrations, in a book, available on this web-site, entitled The Geller Papers, (1975) Houghton Mifflin Co. edited by Newsweek science writer Charles Panati. They include:

Tests at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in California, where carefully witnessed Geller Effects included the creation of "loss" and "gain"; in a gram weight measured on a high-precision balance, Uri's correctly calling of eight out of ten die-throws, against odds of a million to one and he also guessed correctly the location of some hidden targets at odds of a trillion to one! These tests are documented in the official SRI film, on this website. These important controlled experiments were published as a scientific paper in the prestigious British journal Nature.


Uri loves animals, has five dogs, and cycles 27 miles a day.



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