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"I have long suspected that Geller is the real deal..."

I would be careful about endorsing Geller and comparing him to Palladino. The experimental conditions imposed on Palladino were much more strict.

I highly recommend Uri Geller, Magician or Mystic? by Jonathan Margolis (Amazon link below)

Margolis got interested in Geller because his son had discovered Geller's website. He wanted to show his son that Geller was a "proven" fake and started to investigate .. only to find the proof lacking. He wound up meeting Geller, securing his cooperation and interviewing people who have known Geller since childhood. The result is fascinating. It's a first rate biography and Margolis winds up pretty ambivalent, leaning towards the idea that Geller is genuine with a showman mixed in. I think it is the indispensable book on Geller, along with Guy Playfairs


http://www.amazon.com/Uri-Geller-Magician-Jonathan-Margolis/dp/1566490251/ref=sr_1_1/002-0131255-5768032?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193868521&sr=8-1

>leaning towards the idea that Geller is genuine with a showman mixed in.

That's how I lean, too. Thanks for the info and link.

Yes Dr. Andrija Puharich is the focus of my new blogbook (Ph.D. material) at http://mothershiplanding.blogspot.com. Stan Gooch wonders about the exact role of Puharich in Geller's abilities:

"One UFO case that has received a great deal of publicity involves the alleged psychic Uri Geller and his amanuensis, Dr. Andrija Puharich. The details are given in Puharich's book Uri, and their substance is briefly as follows...Spectrans, which materialize and dematerialize paranormally on tape, are full of pseudo-scientific jargon -- but no actual science, as usual -- and vague, generalized philosophy. The religious element is also clear: Uri and Puharich are constantly advised to pray." (p. 144-5).

-- from Stan Gooch's book "The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, incubi, succubi, and the unconscious mind" (Inner Traditions, 2007)

Gooch and I have corresponded several times, via snail mail.

I would state that Puharich's role as a CIA-paid mind control scientist should not be ignored in the case of Uri Geller. Ever since the beginning of the Roman Imperial Christian Church, the "citizens" have been urged to passively pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit (instead of the former Holy Spirit powers based on active asceticism).

Hi Michael,

I've done a couple of stories in the past week http://dailygrail.com/node/5475>on the Daily Grail about Geller and his new show Phenomenon, asking whether he is consciously changing his persona towards being more of a showman than a paranormal celbrity - something which Randi has picked up on as well.

Most of what Geller does seems like basic mentalism and sleight of hand, so I'm very wary of endorsing him in any way. On the other hand, I know some people who visited Geller in his house, saw him bend spoons there - but then also had spoons bend in their own hands as well...so I reserve judgement!

Sometimes I have the perverse suspicion that he and Randi are actually best friends, and are simply perpetuating each others careers...
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I have seen so many people "bend" spoons that I just can't believe this phenomenon is still questioned. As I think I posted here some months back, I attended a confererce several years ago in which one speaker gave a spoon bending demonstration and asked the audience to join in. Spoons and forks were passed out to several hundred people. More than half the audience, including my wife, succeeded. I failed. My wife was talking to the person next to her and wasn't even aware the spoon was curling until she stopped talking and looked at it. Some people who had forks had the prongs curl up on them. Try doing that by hand. I know my wife wasn't trying to trick anyone. Moreover, it is not a "bend" so much as it is a curl. I can force a bend on a spoon, but I don't think I can curl it by hand. Of course, the skeptics will say it was some kind of trick metal and those of us who failed got real spoons. I still have the "bent" spoon if anyone want to run some metallurgical tests on it.

Michael Tymn: the skeptics have to say it is some kind of trick. It is a slippery slope for them. One paranormal event accepted as valid and their whole system of beliefs comes tumbling down. Our beliefs appear to give us some level of comfort in this unpredictable world and when those beliefs are shattered it leaves us very fragile and unsure of self.

The ego wants to project control and self-assurance not fragile. Unless of course the ego uses fragile to gain control but that’s another story.

Like many people as of late, I too am going through some freaky fascination with Uri Geller. I'm even thought of dedicating a whole week's worth of blog postings about Uri Geller if I ever get the time to blog.

This week, I've watched several videos showing tests that Uri's been put through and they're really hard to explain by simply arguing that he must be using sleight of hand or some type of manipulation.

Like Michael, I agree that he does trick people o occasion, but not consistently. So, the only true conclusion one can say with a certain degree of certainty is that Uri Geller is more enigma than phenomenon.

On a humorous note, though, I found the greatest exposition ever of Geller's spoon bending claims. I could hardly stop myself from falling off my chair with laughter watching this video. God Bless YouTube.

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