Geller, Uri (born 1946)
Israeli psychic renowned for his abilities to bend metal objects by stroking or looking at them, and to stop watches or make them run faster. Such feats of psychokinesis (PK) are called by some the 'Geller effect'.
During the peak of his public career in the 1970s, Geller worked full time as a professional performer who demonstrated his metal-bending and mind reading abilities for television audiences worldwide. By the end of the decade, he was devoting most of his time to private consulting with occasional public appearances.
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Uri Geller, Israeli psychic renowned for his abilities to bend metal objects by stroking or looking at them, and to stop watches or make them run faster.
Despite his successful feats, most parapsychologists have not taken him seriously, perhaps because of his entertainment career. Geller claims he discovered his psychic powers when he was five years old, following an incident involving his mother's sewing machine. He saw a tiny blue spark coming from the machine, and when he tried to touch it, he received a violent shock and was knocked off his feet. He says that his new powers manifested immediately, including an ability to read his mother's mind. A year later he found he could make the hands speed up on a watch his father had given to him. Shortly afterward the spoon bending began. He became a full-time performer in 1969. Geller was tested in 1972 at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in California. He gave impressive demonstrations of ESP, hut tests to prove his metal-bending abilities, however, were inconclusive.
As a professional performer, Geller was in constant demand throughout the 1970s. He traveled the world, making frequent television and radio appearances. Following most of these stops, broadcasters were flooded by calls from viewers and listeners who reported their silverware had been bent or watches and clocks began working improperly. Geller's high profile made him an enticing target for debunkers, who attempted to demonstrate how they could perform the same metal-bending feats using stage magic.
In the late 1970s Geller retired from the public limelight, save for occasional appearances, and began private consulting work, including dowsing for minerals and oil.
See Confessions of a Rabbi and a Psychic, Ella (A novel written by Geller), Mind Medicine: Harness the Healing Power of Your Mind, Psychology of the Psychic, The Geller Papers: Scientific Observations on the Paranormal Powers of Uri Geller, Truth About Uri Geller, Uri Geller: Magician or Mystic, Uri Geller's Little Book of Mind-Power; Maximise Your Will to Win, Uri Geller's Mindpower Kit, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Theosophy, Spiritualist, The Chakra Store, Mystic Gifts and Charms - New Age Gift Shop & Wicca and Pagan Supplies, Love Spells -- Use these powerful love spells to help you find and keep your true love, The Tarot Store, The Chakra Store, Divination & Scrying Tools and Supplies, Unique Amulets, Talismans, Good Luck Charms, and Love Tokens, Powerful Witch Doctor Spell Kits, Powerful Spells - Cast by Andreika the Witch, Webmasters Make $$$, AzureGreen - Celebrating All Paths to the Divine, ISIS - Tools for Your Soul's Journey, and The Pyramid Collection - Myth, Magick, Fantasy and Romance.
Sources: (1) Shepard, Leslie (editor), Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Thomson Gale; (2) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (3) Steiger, Brad and Sherry Hansen, The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained, Thomson Gale.
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