December 20, 1946
Uri Geller (Hebrew: אורי גלר), born György Gellér (Hungarian name) on December 20, 1946) is an Israeli-British performer and self-proclaimed psychic who claims "to be able to bend spoons with the power of his mind" and to have psychic powers, although he currently prefers the designation of "mystifier" rather than "psychic."
Geller claims his feats are the result of paranormal powers but critics such as James Randi argue and have demonstrated that Geller's tricks can be reproduced with stage magic and are simply parlor tricks.
Geller admits, "Sure, there are magicians who can duplicate [my performances] through trickery." He has claimed that even though his spoon bending can be repeated using trickery, he uses psychic powers to achieve his results. Skeptic James Randi has stated that if Geller is truly using his mind to perform these feats, "He is doing it the hard way."
In November 2008, Geller accepted an award during a convention of magicians, the Services to Promotion of Magic Award from the David Berglas Foundation. In his acceptance speech, Geller said that if he hadn't had psychic powers then he "must be the greatest" to have been able to fool journalists, scientists and Berglas himself.
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- Randi, James, The Magic of Uri Geller. (Later editions are titled The Truth About Uri Geller). New York: Prometheus Books, Ballintine, 1982. ISBN 0-87975-199-1