70's Psuedo Psychic
March 24, 2003 5:53 AM   Subscribe

"Uri Geller [warning: pop ups] became well known for a few scientifically unexplained phenomena. They are Telepathy... Dowsing... Bending, breaking and softening metal and other solids with the power of the mind, e.g. spoons, keys etc, more rarely plastic and glass; Fixing broken watches and appliances, and using collective power, influencing the Big Ben to stop; Moving compasses with the power of thought; Erasing computer tapes and disks; and Sprouting, causing tiny seeds (mainly red radish) to grow a few centimeters in seconds." Why not thrill to a biography of this favorite pseudo psychic of the 70s? To be frank, until just now, I wasn't even aware that he was back!
posted by Joey Michaels (11 comments total)
He's also (as far as I remember) the man who arranged for Bashir to interview his close friend Michael Jackson. Two weirdoes for the price of one, what more can you ask.
posted by ciderwoman at 6:02 AM on March 24, 2003

Wow! Uri Geller returns?

It's like, you know, we're in the early 70's again: Bell Bottoms and retro styles (wide ties), gas guzzling cars - then there's this divisive war with lots of Anti-War protesters chanting and banging on drums.......and GW Bush plays Nixon.
posted by troutfishing at 6:02 AM on March 24, 2003

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posted by troutfishing at 6:04 AM on March 24, 2003

I think 'Derren Brown: Mind Control' (text only version) is a much better approach to this type of thing than the traditional approach. He often deconstructs his tricks in a similar manner to Penn and Teller.
Still it is awsome and shocking to watch.
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Sometimes repitition can be a form of humour
posted by asok at 6:16 AM on March 24, 2003

I just watched the pick pocket footage again, it is amazing. He even gets the guy's tie off!
posted by asok at 6:22 AM on March 24, 2003

Obligatory link to Geller's archnemesis, James Randi.
posted by PenDevil at 6:27 AM on March 24, 2003

pseudo psychic

posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:34 AM on March 24, 2003

I wasn't even aware that he was back!. Unfortunately for us in the UK, he never really went away.
posted by seanyboy at 6:49 AM on March 24, 2003

Plus, Geller sued Pokemon for using his likeness and a variation of his name, "Un-Geller"...
posted by kickerofelves at 5:42 PM on March 25, 2003

Uri Geller never really went away. He's often heard of in the UK, usually, as has been said, in association with Michael Jackson. He's a kind of Jackometer. The more Geller is in the news the more Jackson is and it's usually bad news for him.

He's also a fan of some football team (yes, yes - this is the UK and you do know what I mean), either Fulham or Reading United I think, and the claim is that he rubs something, possibly himself, in an attempt to influence the result.
posted by vbfg at 1:17 AM on March 26, 2003

Here's a bet: the minute a director tells Uri, 'I'm going to keep one camera on your hands and superimpose that image over the programme so that it never leaves the screen,' you'll find that Uri's destiny calls him elsewhere.

Clive James sank the slipper into this guy but good.
posted by emf at 2:52 AM on March 26, 2003

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