Uri Geller - Full Biography
- Part 1
Uri Geller was born in Israel on December 20, 1946. His
parents are of Hungarian and Austrian descent and he is distantly related
on his mother's side to Sigmund Freud. At the age of
four he had a mysterious encounter with a sphere
of light while in a garden near his house.
He first became aware of his unusual powers when he was five.
One day, during a meal, his spoon curled up in his hand and broke, although he
had applied no physical pressure to it. His parents were somewhat shocked and
Uri did not mention the incident to anyone else at that time. He developed these
powers in school by demonstrating them to pupils. His mother thought he inherited
them from Sigmund Freud.
When he was eleven, he went to live in Cyprus,
where he remained until he was seventeen. He then
returned to Israel, served as a paratrooper in
the Israel army and fought in the Six-Day War of 1967 during which he was wounded
From 1968 to 1969 Uri worked as a model, he was photographed
for many different advertisements.
In 1969 he began to demonstrate his powers of telepathy and psychokinesis to small
audiences. By the end of 1971, however,
his was a household name throughout Israel thanks
to his numerous stage appearances.
He was given a plug by the then Prime Minister, Golda Meir. When asked on a national
radio programme what she predicted for the future of Israel, she replied, "Don't
ask me - ask Uri Geller!"
1972, Uri left Israel for Europe, where he immediately attracted widespread attention.
In Germany, witnessed by reporters and photographers, he stopped a cable-car
in mid-air using only the power of his mind. He then did the same to an escalator
in a major department store. That same year he went to the United States at the
invitation of astronaut Captain Edgar Mitchell of
the Apollo 14 mission, the sixth man to set foot on the moon, and scientist, inventor
and author Andrija Puharich MD. Among the notable scientists he met were Professor
Gerald Feinberg of Columbia University physics Department, Ronald
Hawke from the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, Ron Robertson of the
Atomic Energy Commission and NASA's
Dr Wernher von Braun, " Father
of the Space Age", who testified that his own wedding ring bent in his
hand without being touched at any time by Geller.
In 1998 Uri met Brian Josephson, Professor of Physics,
winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1973.
He also took part in various controlled laboratory experiments. These are described,
with full documentation and astonishing illustrations, in a book, available on
this web-site, entitled The Geller Papers, (1975)
Houghton Mifflin Co. edited by Newsweek science writer Charles Panati.
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at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in California, where
carefully witnessed Geller Effects included the creation of "loss" and "gain" in a gram weight measured on a high-precision
balance, Uri's correctly calling of eight out of ten die-throws, against odds
of a million to one and he also guessed correctly the location of some hidden
targets at odds of a trillion to one! These tests are documented in the official
SRI film, on this website. These important controlled
experiments were published as a scientific paper in the prestigious British journal
at Birkbeck College, University of London, with a team of research physicists
headed by Professor J. B. Hasted,
Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of the Physics Department, and the
eminent theoretical physicist Professor David Bohm,
who has worked with Albert Einstein and has been
honoured in the naming of the Aharonov-Bohm effect in quantum mechanics after
him. Here, Uri caused a Geiger counter to register 500 times its normal count,
deformed a molybdenum crystal 1cm in diameter and caused part of another crystal
inside a pill capsule to dematerialise. Witnesses at the
Birkbeck experiments included the writer Arthur
C. Clarke (Click here for Sunday Times article)and
the late Arthur Koestler (sponsor of
Great Britain's first University chair in Parapsychology), A.
V. Cleaver Director of the Rockets Division of Rolls Royce, and Professor
Arthur Ellison head of the electrical engineering department of City University.
See the scientific pictures which show Uri Geller
with leading scientists.
WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL SAYS ABOUT
THE STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE PAPER
scientific community has been put on notice that there is something worthy of
their attention and scrutiny in the possibilities of extra-sensory perception.
With those words the respected British journal Nature called on scientists to join - or refute - millions of non-scientists who believe
human consciousness has more capabilities for real perception than the five senses."
leading institutions where the "Geller Effect" has been documented and
US Naval Surface Weapons Center (Silver Spring, Maryland), where Uri caused the
recently invented alloy, Nitinol, to become deformed in a manner contrary
to its inbuilt characteristics.
State University, University of Los Angeles,
Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
(Munich), INSERM Telemetry Laboratories (Suresnes, France), Western Kentucky University,
Department of Mathematics, Kings College,
University of London, Tokai University and
Tokyo Denki University and many more.
continues to demonstrate his abilities to scientists and highly specialised technicians
in addition to the general public and TV viewers. In 1984, he erased a computer
tape at Tokai University, Tokyo, in the
presence of a team of scientists which included one of Japan's leading computer
In the same year, he rendered a computer non-operational in Switzerland by garbling
a floppy disc. In 1985, he performed a similar feat before a dozen witnesses,
at the headquarters of Wang computer company
near London. Uri continued these experimental demonstrations in 1986 and 1987,
when he totally erased some computer tapes belonging to Germany's biggest newspaper
publishing group, Axel Springer Verlag.
he again hit world headlines when he stopped Britain's most famous clock, Big
Ben, he has repeated this unbelievable feat twice more; three years later
when it was reported by the world's media and again in May 1997. The clock stopped
at 12:11 which is 11:11 GMT. 11:11 is Uri's mystical
with his friend Meir Gitlis who heads an electronics
company, has developed a number of inventions that are already in production:
the Moneytron (tells a fake banknote from a genuine one), the Diamontron (does
the same for diamonds), the Gazgal gas leak detector, and a number of security
devices including sensors for defence installations. Another invention is the
Gold-Meter, a compact electronic device for examining solid and other precious
metals by an electro-chemical process controlled by a micro computer.
invention is a small earthquake sensor, which is affordable enough for every home.
They have also developed an earthquake shock absorber which should go into the
foundations of new buildings such as skyscrapers.
For users of hand held Cellular
Telephones there is a shield which prevents the harmful effects of long term exposure
to the shortwaves penetrating your head.
URI GELLER AND THE WORLD MEDIA
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Most of the world's leading newspapers and magazines have carried prominent articles
about Uri. These include cover stories in such publications as Bookseller; Der
Spiegel; New Scientist; Paris Match; Physics Today; Popular Photography; Psychology
Today; Science Digest; The Reader's Digest; Science
News; The Observer Magazine; Time, Life and many others around the world. Extensive
articles on Uri have appeared in Forbes; Business
Week; International Mining; Rydges;
The Business Journal; Stern; Physics Today; US News and
World Report; Newsweek; Time; Today's Health (published by the American Medical
Association); Omni; Discover; Jerusalem Report; New Idea Magazine; OK! Magazine;
Hello Magazine; People; Focus Magazine; Sports Illustrated
and many more leading papers and publications.
and articles by Uri Geller.
writes regular columns in Israel's leading daily newspaper
MAARIV, Jewish Telegraph,
Computer Active Magazine, Daily
Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times Magazine, Beyond Electronics
Magazine, GQ Active magazine, Quest
Magazine and Beyond Magazine.
Uri Geller's Weird Web weekly column is to be found in The
Times' Interface. His short
stories have appeared in Tatler
and Interzone (A science fiction
magazine funded by England's Arts Council). T3
Magazine carried Uri's wierd science article. Uri Geller's
Countdown to the millennium appears weekly in regional papers.
Also see Goal Magazine, Total Football,
Match of the Day and Tomorrow's World
(Both the latter are monthly BBC publications).
and feature stories
Among the numerous prominent newspapers which have carried stories on Uri are
The Times (UK); The Sunday Times (UK); The New York
Times; The Washington Post; The Los Angeles Times; The Chicago Tribune; The Boston
Globe; The San Francisco Chronicle; The National Observer (USA); The Atlanta Constitution;
Japan Times; France Soir; Die Welt; Tribune de Geneve; Corriere della Sera; International
Herald Tribune; The Wall Street Journal; The Financial Times; The
Sunday Telegraph and countless others.
Uri Geller's name has also appeared numerous times in the crossword puzzles around
the world, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, TV Guide (USA), People,
New Yorker Magazine, International Herald Tribune and even in the general knowledge
game of Trivial Pursuit. Marvel
Comics' DAREDEVIL (Vol 1, No 133 May, 1976 featured Uri as "The most
shocking guest star of all: The imcomparable Uri Geller!") many sitcoms and
movies, for example Woody Allen's Annie Hall, Roseanne, Friends, The New adventures
of Superman and many others mention his name. Uri himself had cameo roles in feature
Uri Geller's website address is http://www.uri-geller.com/
Uri Geller may
be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com or by fax on 01189 699 439
for international calls dial 44 1189 699439.
Letters may be sent to Uri Geller,
Sonning, Berkshire, RG4 6UR, England
This document may be found at http://www.uri-geller.com/hpnet/uribiog.htm
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