This is the autobiography of, and the first book
by, the famous and controversial Israeli psychic known throughout the
world as the man who - apparently by force of will - bends keys and
spoons, who mends broken radios and stopped watches, and who has demonstrated
in controlled experiments at the University of London, at the Stanford
Research Institute, and elsewhere, staggering extra-sensory powers.
It is Uri's own story, in his own words, of his incredible powers. 'It
amazes me,' he says, 'every time these things happen. I want to jump
up and point them out to people.' And it also tells of Uri's ambivalence
about what he can do and about the enigma it poses. 'I ask myself why
does it have to be watches, keys, metals? Why do they throw me symbols?'
too, is the story of how Uri came to raise his powers and of how they
affected him. His was a normal childhood (with loving though divorced
parents, dogs, a dislike of school, typically adolescent adventures),
except that strange and embarrassing things seemed to happen when Uri
was around. He describes an event in a 'magical mystery garden' when
he was three or four. He recalls his first telepathic and clairvoyant
experiences: reading his mother's mind, on several occasions sensing
potential disasters, shocking his school-teachers when he took tests
and wrote compositions ('Many times mine was exactly the same as the
guy's sitting five chairs behind me'). He reveals a fantastic incident
that occurred while he was training in the Israeli Army and tells of
his uncanny foreknowledge about combat in the Six-Day War (he knew he
would be wounded). And he describes his first public appearance, an
event that started a new life for him, propelling him into international
celebrity. Since then he has baffled audiences and scientists everywhere.
Geller: My Story goes beyond anything written elsewhere about
this extraordinary man. It tells of Uri's experiments with distinguished
scientists - tests that verify beyond doubt the existence of his powers.
It describes the series of broadcasts in Europe-when psychic energies
were transferred from Uri to viewers in their own homes. It reports
the strange and apparently interrelated phenomena that began in Israel:
voices speaking from tape recorders, objects levitating or disappearing
and reappearing, encounters with flying saucers. And it ends with the
strangest event of all - one never before revealed - at once the, epitome
and the culmination of all that has gone before.
Geller's autobiography is a story that staggers the mind.
J. G. Taylor:
I have tested Uri Geller in my laboratory at King's
College, London University, with specially designed apparatus. The Geller
Effect-of metal bending-is clearly not brought about by fraud. It is
so exceptional that it presents a crucial challenge to modern science,
and could even destroy the latter if no explanation becomes available.
Harold E. Puthoff And Russell Targ Stanford Research Institute:
We have observed certain phenomena with the subjects
[including Uri Geller] for which we have no scientific explanation.
David Bohm And Dr. John Hasted Birkbeck College, University of London:
We feel if similar tests are made later, enough
instances of this kind will probably accumulate, so that there will
be no room for reasonable doubt that some new process is involved here,
which cannot be accounted for or explained in terms of the present known
laws of physics. Indeed, we already feel that we have gone some distance
toward this point.
"Is he a fraud or a phenomenon as he bends metal by what he contends
is the power of his mind alone and performs telepathic feats with a
considerable degree of accuracy? The fact that even respected scientists
who have tested the 28-year-old Israeli under controlled conditions,
supposedly cheat-proof laboratory conditions, are asking that question
opens up a whole new bag of possibilities for an adventurous mind."
-Chicago Daily News
scientific community has been put on notice 'that there is something
worthy of their attention and scrutiny' in the possibilities of extra-sensory
perception. With those words the respected British journal 'Nature'
called on scientists to join - or refute - millions of non-scientists
who believe human consciousness has more capabilities for real perception
than the five senses." -New York Times editorial
doubly strict laboratory conditions, Targ and Puthoff said 'No magician
has been able to duplicate through trickery the psychic feats performed
by Uri Geller and others. Some won't even try.' " -Los
hundred years ago we'd have burned Uri Geller at the stake. Now we put
him on the Johnny Carson Show. We've come a long way." -James
Fadiman, Stanford University
About Uri Geller
20 December 1946
Best Known As:
Paranormal celebrity famous for bending spoons Since the late 1960s,
Geller has been known for his claims that he can bend spoons or fix
broken watches using the power of his mind. Geller's own web site lists
many other "scientifically unexplained" powers which he says
he possesses, including telepathy, dowsing, and causing seeds to sprout
with the power of his mind. While he has many doubters, Geller has turned
his claims into a successful career as a spooky and entertaining media
first name is pronounced "oori" rather than "yuri"...
Geller has a long-running public feud with James Randi, a magician who
specializes in debunking the paranormal... Michael Jackson was the best
man at Geller's 2001 wedding... A former paratrooper in the Israeli
army, Geller fought in the Six Day War of 1967... Like Chuck Barris,
Geller says he once was in the secret employ of the CIA.
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