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To Be “Psychic” In The Eyes Of Geller

I found this little gem of a very short Uri Geller interview.

The first important bit about this interview, is the anecdote he gives about how he (Geller) influenced the outcome of the ’96 game between England and Scotland in the Euro Championships. In particular, moving the ball during a Scotland penalty kick which helped give the win to England. This, of course, was a very bold claim and smacked me in the face of what we call in the “psychic” world, a “never was” story. Basically, it’s a story that is designed to attest to the authenticity of a “psychic,” which is totally made up and actually never happened. To my surprise, most of the story was true.

Apparently, Geller hovered over the stadium while… and get this… clutching 11 energized crystals – one for each England team member – plus a giant crystal he uses “to receive and transmit positive thoughts.” WOW.

The other fact that does check out is that apparently the ball did move before the shot was taken. I don’t really find that too be much of a mystery since that sort of thing happens all the time, especially outside on a field. But of course Geller claims he made it do that. I also found that after the game, Geller also claimed that he was willing England goalie, David Sherman, to move right to deflect the goal.

This begs the question of if he’s so powerful as to make the ball move to misdirect the shot – which would have gone in if not blocked – and to make the goalie move in the appropriate direction, then why not just will the kicker to kick it in the stands? Why setup this Rune Goldberg machine of wills when you could do it in one direct manor? Obviously he’s just adapting what happened to be congruent with the nonsense he claims to be able to do.

Its funny though how while looking up references about the ’96 game, I stumbled upon a website called The Curse of Uri Geller! , which documents all the times Geller has failed to influence things he claimed he was going to. On that list is that Geller claimed he was going to help Scotland win in ’99, since he had helped England win the first time. England won 2-0. Why didn’t you mention that in your little story, Geller?

Lastly on this point is the fact that England won the game 2-0. Geller implies that willing the penalty shot to not go in was what won the game for England, yet at the time of the penalty shot England was up 1-0. At most the penalty kick would have tied the game at that point. But Scotland still would have lost by a goal in the grand scheme of things. It just doesn’t add up.

Now, I think this short interview was brilliant! It’s amazing how absolutely spot on the reaction was that Randi predicted. First Geller went directly into a red herring about how skeptics help give him attention,which had been his standard answer for a long time. Ever since his appearance as a judge for the show, Phenomenon, Geller has changed his tune to putting himself in the ambiguous category of “Mystifier.” Most people, when talking to Geller, would just accept his “Mystifier” answer and move on. But Mr. Margerrison asks the obvious question of, “what exactly does he mean by that?” Of course, Geller acts like an utter child and hangs up the phone.

So which is it, Geller? Are you a psychic? Or have you just been playing one for the past over 30 years, and wasting a lot of money and people’s careers along the way?  So far the only person with any real predictive power on the has been James Randi, as you just demonstrated.

Categories: All, Skepticism
  1. November 4, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Geller is so lame. What a baby. He won’t answer the question. He just hangs up. Lame.

    Asking a Yes or No question is “attacking” him? Stupid.

    Randi was totally right about him.

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