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Uri Geller Psyches Out Magicians

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007 at 11:00 by Rhys Wilcox

Super spoon-bender, Uri Geller, is taking some flak over his imaginatively titled television show, Uri Geller Looks For A Successor. If you can’t divine the show’s format from its name, Geller is basically spotlighting individuals to demonstrate their own supernatural powers and prowess. He says of the abilities displayed that none of them are the product of magical trickery or sleight of hand.

So, after 30 years of being in ‘the biz’ Geller is still keeping the dream alive by maintaining the authenticity of his mysterious powers and, now, those of others.

This has upset a few bonafide magicians - the ones who admit to deceit and misdirection - to the extent that the Israeli Society for Magicians is looking into it the show and its potential misleading angle. Their president, Dalia Peled is keen to quash the slightest notion that anyone might be able to do real magic, saying, “The society hopes and believes the public understands that this is an entertainment programme and that the acts performed in the show are not done so with the help of supernatural powers.”

Another concern comes from Israeli magician, Eliron Toby, for the welfare of Geller’s followers who might believe in his powers. The show “has damaged those people who want to believe that Geller can heal or help them.”

Oh, and while we’re at it, Santa doesn’t really exist and Jesus used mirrors and a trapdoor to raise Lazarus.

Not that I’m suggesting Geller’s powers are genuine but it intrigues me why a group of tricksters care about him or his public unless they were scared or jealous? And why are there contradicting concerns?

Whatever and why ever they are doing it, Geller is his usual optimistic self, stating quite categorically that he is, “not a magician and has never been one,” but the controversy has brought him an abundance of free advertising.

“The cynics and magicians who have come out against me have done a great job worth millions.” he said.

“It has made Uri Geller more mysterious.”

So mysterious, in fact, that he’s able to get away with referring to himself in the third person.

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