The Unusual Life of the Psychic Uri Geller

posted: 02/21/17
by: Kelly McClure
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A number of previously classified CIA documents were recently made available to the public online and several of them dealt directly with the psychic abilities of a man named Uri Geller. According to these documents Mr. Geller was brought into the CIA offices in 1973 to have his psychic abilities tested and he was able to prove himself in what was referred to in the agency's reports as a "convincing and unambiguous manner." Could it be true that the life of just one man has solidified proof that psychics are legitimate? Let's take a closer look at Uri Geller's claim to fame and see if his story adds up.

Uri Geller was born on December 20, 1946 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the young age of 11 he began a brief stint as a model which sparked a love for entertaining. By the 1970s he had made a name for himself, both in Israel, and in America, by performing in theaters, military bases, and universities. Geller's performances revolved around psychokinesis, telepathy, and his show stopping ability to bend spoons and make watches run faster using the power of his mind.

In 2015 Geller teamed with Kellogg's in a massive PR campaign during which he taught classes on how to bend cereal spoons using your mind. During the event Geller went on record as bending his one-millionth spoon.

Skeptics have doubted Geller's abilities for almost the entirety of his career and in his first autobiography, My Story, published in 1975 Geller himself admits that the feats performed early in his career were nothing but "magic tricks" that his manager encouraged him to perform in an effort to make a name for himself. One of these earlier tricks involved Geller guessing the license plate numbers of audience members, which had been given to him in advance of the show by his manager. Things like this have created the bruise of doubt over everything else he's claimed to be able to do, but certain feats have been hard to debunk.

Geller has often claimed that his powers were gifted to him by extraterrestrials, which seems like a proclamation ripe for argument, but experts such as the parapsychologist Andrija Puharich, who met with Geller in 1971, endorse him as being the real deal. During Geller's 1973 CIA testing mentioned at the top of this post, Geller was put to the test at Stanford Research Institute and asked to reproduce drawings that were being made out of his sight in another room, he managed to do this. Aside from this noted, public success though, the majority rule is that Geller's abilities are nothing more than well-planned tricks. This opinion was cemented into the public's hive mind during Geller's awkward appearance on the Johnny Carson show in the 1970s. He was caught off guard and publicly shamed when it was discovered that he couldn't do what he claimed to be able to do on command.

Having been given a good selection of facts and comparisons on the abilities of Uri Geller, what's your vote?

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