Uri Geller in 2005.
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Uri Geller (Hebrew: אורי גלר, born Gellér György (Hungarian name)  December 20, 1946) is an Israeli-British performer and celebrity who claimed to have psychic powers for most of his career. Events 69 - Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Tel Aviv-Yafo (תֵּל ־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ تل أبيب Tal ʾAbīb) (usually Tel Aviv) is the second-largest city in Israel The term mentalist refers to entertainers whose performance appears to be based on " Psychic " abilities featuring the ability to read minds project the Hungarian ( magyar nyelv) is a Uralic language (more specifically a Ugric language) unrelated to most other languages in Europe. Events 69 - Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The word psychic (ˈsaɪkɨk from the Greek psychikos—"of the soul mental" refers to the claimed ability to perceive things hidden from the normal senses
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel to Jewish parents with Austro-Hungarian background, Geller was named after a cousin who had been killed in a bus accident. Tel Aviv-Yafo (תֵּל ־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ تل أبيب Tal ʾAbīb) (usually Tel Aviv) is the second-largest city in Israel For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ He was the only child of retired Army sergeant Itzhaak Geller and Manzy Freud. Geller says he is a relative of Sigmund Freud on his mother's side. Sigmund Freud (ˈziːkmʊnt ˈfʁɔʏt born Sigismund Shlomo Freud (May 6 1856 &ndash September 23 1939 was an Austrian Psychiatrist who founded (The specific relationship is not identified. )
At the age of 11, Geller and his family moved to Nicosia, Cyprus, where he attended a Catholic high school and learned English. Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia (Λευκωσία Lefkoşa is the Capital and largest city of Cyprus.  According to James Randi's book, "there are no records at the Israeli Ministry of Education to show he graduated. James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal " Then at the age of 18 he served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Army, and was wounded in action during the 1967 Six-Day War. The Paratroopers Brigade (חטיבת הצנחנים Hativat HaTzanhanim) also known as the 35th Brigade, is a unit of Paratroopers within the Background Suez Crisis aftermath The Suez Crisis of 1956 represented a military defeat but a political victory for Egypt  He worked as a photographic model in 1968 and 1969, and in the same year, he began to perform for small audiences as a nightclub entertainer, becoming well-known in Israel. A model is a person who is posed or displayed for the purpose of Art, Fashion, or other products and Advertising. 
After seeing a performance by the British magician and mentalist David Berglas, Geller began to bend spoons as he had seen Berglas do. David Berglas (born July 30 1926) is an English psychological Illusionist and Mentalist. Geller first started to perform as a magician in nightclubs in Tel Aviv. By the 1970s Geller became popular in the United States and Europe. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the He also received attention from the scientific community who were interested in examining his claims of psychic abilities. At the peak of his career in the 1970s he worked full-time, performing for television audiences worldwide.
Geller rose to fame after performing a series of televised performances which he said were paranormal demonstrations of psychokinesis, dowsing, and telepathy. Paranormal is an Umbrella term used to describe unusual Phenomena or experiences that lack an obvious Scientific explanation The term psychokinesis (from the Greek ψυχή, "psyche" meaning mind soul heart or breath; and κίνησις, "kinesis" Dowsing, sometimes called doodlebugging, divining or water witching, is a practice whereby dowsers attempt to locate hidden Water wells Telepathy ( Greek τηλε tele meaning "distant" and πάθεια patheia meaning "to be affected by" describes the purported transfer  His performance included bending spoons, describing hidden drawings, and making watches appear to stop or run faster. Spoon bending is the apparent deformation of objects especially metal Cutlery, either without physical force or with less force than normally necessary Geller said he performs these feats through willpower and the strength of his mind.  Critics have demonstrated that his performances can be duplicated using stage magic tricks. 
He owns a 1976 Cadillac adorned with thousands of pieces of bent tableware given to him by celebrities or otherwise having historical or other significance. Cadillac is a Brand of Luxury vehicles owned by General Motors. It includes spoons from celebrities such as John Lennon and the Spice Girls, and those with which Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy ate. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award -winning English pop Girl group formed in 1994 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC, PC (Can ( 30 November 1874 John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (May 29 1917&ndashNovember 22 1963 often referred to by his initials JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of Geller designed the logo for popular music group N*SYNC and contributed artwork to Michael Jackson's CD, Invincible. Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29 1958 is an American musician entertainer and businessman Invincible is a Studio album recorded by Michael Jackson released on October 30 2001
Jackson was best man when Geller renewed his wedding vows in 2001. Participants in wedding ceremonies, also known as the wedding party, include the bride and groom (or bridegroom) the maid of honor  Geller also negotiated the famous TV interview between Jackson with the journalist Martin Bashir: Living with Michael Jackson. Martin Bashir (born January 19, 1963 in London) is a British Journalist of Pakistani descent Living with Michael Jackson was a Granada Television documentary in which British journalist Martin Bashir interviewed Michael Jackson  In BBC television interviews, Geller has since admitted that he has not been in contact with Jackson since this time. Geller says that he has split with Jackson because of anti-Semitic statements Jackson had purportedly made. 
Geller has affiliations with various groups. He is president of International Friends of Magen David Adom, a group that lobbied the International Committee of the Red Cross to recognise Magen David Adom ("Red Star of David") as a humanitarian relief organisation. "ICRC" redirects here For other uses see ICRC (disambiguation. The Magen David Adom (מגן דוד אדום abbr MDA or Mada) is Israel 's national emergency medical, disaster, Ambulance In 2002, he became honorary co-chairman of the English Nationwide Conference football club Exeter City, who were relegated to the Nationwide Conference in May 2003. Exeter City Football Club are an English football club based in Exeter, who were members of the Football League from 1920 to 2003 and rejoined Organisation The Football Conference stands at the top of the National League System (NLS a comprehensive structure linking together over 50 different leagues under the He has since severed formal ties with the club.
In recent years he has been a part of several television programs. Geller starred in the 2001 horror film Sanitarium directed by Johannes Roberts and James Eaves. Johannes Roberts is a British Film director and writer who works under the umbrella of Gatlin Pictures Then in May 2002, he appeared as a contestant on the first series of the British reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! where he finished 8th place. I'm a Celebrity Get Me out of Here! is a UK Reality television show in which celebrities live in jungle conditions with few creature comforts Then in early 2007 Geller hosted a reality show in Israel called The Successor ("היורש"), where the contestants performed magic tricks and Geller was accused of "trickery. The Successor ("היורש" - Hayoresh was a 2006 Israeli television program starring Uri Geller who was looking for the next Mentalist " In July 2007 NBC signed Geller and Criss Angel for Phenomenon, which started airing on October 24 to search for the next great mentalist, which contestant Mike Super won. Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (born December 19 1967 better known by his Stage name Criss Angel is an American of Greek descent Phenomenon is a competition show judged by illusionists Uri Geller and Criss Angel ( Mindfreak) and hosted by Tim Vincent The term mentalist refers to entertainers whose performance appears to be based on " Psychic " abilities featuring the ability to read minds project the  Geller also hosts the TV show The Next Uri Geller, which started on January 8th, 2008, and is broadcast by Pro7 in Germany. The Successor ("היורש" - Hayoresh was a 2006 Israeli television program starring Uri Geller who was looking for the next Mentalist ProSieben is a commercial Television station in Germany distributed to a large extent via cable and satellite along with DVB-T  In February 2008, Geller began a show on Dutch Television called De Nieuwe Uri Geller, which shares a similar format to its German counterpart. The Successor ("היורש" - Hayoresh was a 2006 Israeli television program starring Uri Geller who was looking for the next Mentalist The goal of the program is to find the best mentalist in The Netherlands. He started the same show in Hungary from March 29, 2008 (A kiválasztott in Hungarian). Hungary (Magyarország 'mɔɟɔrorsaːg) officially in English the Republic of Hungary ( Magyar Köztársaság, literally Magyar (Hungarian Republic During the show Geller speaks both in Hungarian and in English. Geller also performs his standard routines of making stopped watches start, spoons jump from televisions, and tables move. Geller co-produced the TV show "Book of Knowledge," released in April, 2008. 
Geller currently lives in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, England. Sonning (occasionally called Sonning-on-Thames) is a Village and Civil parish in the English county of Berkshire, a few miles Berkshire (ˈbɑːkʃə or /ˈbɑːkʃɪə/ say Baak-shuh/-sheer sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a Home County in the South England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland In recent years, he has performed demonstrations such as spoon-bending much less frequently in public. He is a vegan and speaks three languages: English, Hebrew and Hungarian. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Hungarian ( magyar nyelv) is a Uralic language (more specifically a Ugric language) unrelated to most other languages in Europe.  In an appearance on Esther Rantzen's 1996 television talk show Esther, Geller claimed to have suffered from anorexia nervosa for several years. Esther Louise Rantzen CBE (born) is an English Journalist and Television presenter who is best known for her long stint in That's Anorexia Nervosa is a psychiatric Diagnosis that describes an Eating disorder characterized by low Body weight and Body image distortion  In addition he has written sixteen fiction and nonfiction books. Fiction is the telling of stories which are not real More specifically fiction is an imaginative form of Narrative, one of the four basic Rhetorical modes. Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as Fact.
Geller claims his feats are the result of paranormal powers but critics such as James Randi argue that Geller's tricks can be easily reproduced with stage magic and are simply "parlour tricks. James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal "
As early as 1970 in his home country, Geller was termed a "fraud" for claiming his feats were telepathic.  In addition a 1974 article detailed how Geller got away with trickery and exposed Geller's "eleven tricks. " The article alleged that his manager Shipi Shtrang (whom he called his brother at the time) and Shipi's sister Hannah Shtrang secretly helped in Geller's performances.  Eventually, Geller married Hannah and they had children. 
In 1975, two scientists were persuaded that Geller's demonstrations were genuine, but since that time notable scientists, various magicians, and skeptics have suggested possible ways in which Geller could have tricked the scientists using misdirection techniques. Scientific skepticism or rational skepticism ( also spelled scepticism) sometimes referred to as skeptical inquiry, is a scientific or practical Misdirection is a form of Deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another  These critics, who include Richard Feynman, James Randi and Martin Gardner, have accused him of using his demonstrations fraudulently outside of the entertainment business. Richard Phillips Feynman (ˈfaɪnmən May 11 1918 – February 15 1988 was an American Physicist known for the Path integral formulation of quantum James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal Martin Gardner (b October 21, 1914, Tulsa Oklahoma) is a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in Recreational mathematics In the broadest sense a fraud is a Deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual  Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, who was an amateur magician, wrote in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985) that Geller was unable to bend a key for him and his son. The Nobel Prize in Physics (Nobelpriset i fysik is awarded once a year by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman! is an edited collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize -winning Physicist Richard Feynman.  Some of his claims have been described by watchmakers as simply restarting stopped mechanical clocks by moving them around. 
Geller is well-known for his sports predictions. Skeptic James Randi and British tabloid The Sun (among others), have demonstrated the teams and players he chooses to win most often lose. A tabloid is a Newspaper industry term which refers to a smaller newspaper format per spread to a weekly or semi-weekly alternative newspaper that focuses on local-interest The Sun is a Tabloid daily newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Ireland with the highest circulation of any daily English-language  John Atkinson explored "predictions" Geller made over thirty years and concluded "Uri more often than not scuppered the chances of sportsmen and teams he was trying to help. " This was pointed out by one of James Randi's readers, who called it "The Curse of Uri Geller". 
In another notable instance, in 1992, he was paid to investigate the kidnapping of Hungarian model Helga Farkas, and, although he predicted she would be found alive and in good health, she was murdered by her kidnappers. 
In 2007, skeptics observed that Geller appeared to have dropped his 35 year old claims that he does not perform magic tricks. James Randi highlighted a quotation from the November 2007 issue of the magazine Magische Welt (Magic World) in which Geller said that "I'll no longer say that I have supernatural powers. I am an entertainer. I want to do a good show. My entire character has changed. "
In a later interview Geller told Telepolis, "I said to this German magazine, so what I did say, that I changed my character, to the best of my recollection, and I no longer say that I do supernatural things. Telepolis is the name of a German Internet magazine published by the Heinz Heise Verlag since the beginning of 1996. It doesn't mean that I don't have powers. It means that I don't say "it's supernatural", I say "I'm a mystifier!" That's what I said. And the skeptics turned it around and said, "Uri Geller said he's a magician!" I never said that. " In that interview, Geller further explained that when he is asked how he does his stunts, he tells children to "Forget the paranormal. Forget spoon bending! Instead of that, focus on school! Become a positive thinker! Believe in yourself and create a target! Go to university! Never smoke! And never touch drugs! And think of success!"
In February 2008 he said in the TV show The Next Uri Geller (a German version of The Successor), that he did not have any supernatural powers, but he winked when he said it. The Successor ("היורש" - Hayoresh was a 2006 Israeli television program starring Uri Geller who was looking for the next Mentalist 
Geller admits "Sure, there are magicians who can duplicate [my performances] through trickery. " He claims that even though his demonstrations could have been done using trickery, he happens to use psychic powers to achieve his results.  Skeptic James Randi, star of "Secrets of the Psychics," has stated that if Geller is truly using his mind to perform these feats, "he is doing it the hard way". James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal Secrets of the Psychics was a PBS NOVA episode following James Randi 's work  Stage magicians note several methods of creating the illusion of a spoon spontaneously bending. An illusion is a distortion of the senses revealing how the Brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation Most common is the practice of misdirection, an underlying principle of many stage magic tricks. 
According to Randi, there are many ways in which a bent spoon can be presented to an audience as to give the appearance it was done with supernatural powers. One way is through one or several brief moments of distraction in which a magician can physically bend a spoon unseen by the audience.  Then the bend is gradually revealed creating the illusion that the spoon is bending before the viewers' eyes.  Another way, if a performer does not bend the spoon with force during the performance is by pre-bending them (for example by heating them) and thus reducing the amount of force later needed to be applied.  It is also possible to chemically bend the spoon by applying a corrosive to one edge so that the spoon weakens and bends in a set period of time.
Geller claims in "telepathic drawing" demonstrations that he is able to read subjects' minds as they draw a picture. Although in these demonstrations he cannot see the picture being drawn, he is sometimes present in the room and on those occasions can see the subjects as they draw. Critics argue this may allow Geller to infer common shapes from pencil movement and sound, with the power of suggestion doing the rest.  James Randi has also suggested that Geller uses tiny mirrors held in his palm in order to see the drawings, noting how in one performance of this trick he both turned around when the participant commenced drawing and, seemingly unnecessarily, covered his eyes with his hands.
In his telepathy demonstrations, Geller sometimes, but not always, reveals his answer slowly while asking whether he is on the right track. This approach is consistent with a stage magic technique known as cold reading, in which a magician tricks a subject into revealing information by suggesting that he already knows it. Cold reading is a technique used by mentalists and fortune tellers, Psychics and mediums to determine details about another person in order to
Geller's performances of drawing duplication and cutlery bending usually take place under informal conditions such as television interviews. During his early career he did allow some scientists to investigate his claims. Geller points to a study by Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) researchers Harold E. Puthoff and Russell Targ which concluded that he had clearly performed successfully enough to warrant further serious study, and the "Geller-effect", was coined to refer to the particular type of abilities they felt had been demonstrated. SRI International, based in the United States is one of the world's largest contract Research institutes. Harold E Puthoff, PhD (born 20 June 1936) is an American physicist who earlier in his career was involved in research on paranormal topics Russell Targ is an American physicist and author an ESP researcher and pioneer in the earliest development of the Laser. 
Geller's "watch fixing" abilities do not impress watch makers who note "many supposedly broken watches had merely been stopped by gummy oil, and simply holding them in the hand would warm the oil enough to soften it and allow watches to resume ticking. "
In An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural Randi wrote "Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ, who studied Mr. An Encyclopedia of Claims Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural is a 1995 book by James Randi and Arthur C Geller at the Stanford Research Institute were aware, in one instance at least, that they were being shown a magician's trick by Geller. " Moreover, Randi explained, "Their protocols for this 'serious' investigation of the powers claimed by Geller were described by Dr. Ray Hyman, who investigated the project on behalf of a U. S. funding agency, as 'sloppy and inadequate'. "
Other critics of this testing include psychologists Dr. David Marks and Dr. David F Marks is a Psychologist and professor at City University in London, United Kingdom. Richard Kammann. They published a description of how Geller could have cheated in an informal test of his ESP powers in 1977.  Their 1978 article in Nature and 1980 book The Psychology of the Psychic (2nd ed. Nature is a prominent Scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869 The Psychology of the Psychic is a work by David Marks and Dr Richard Kammann written while both were lecturers in psychology at New Zealand 's University 2000) described how a perfectly normal explanation was possible for Geller's alleged powers of telepathy. Marks and Kammann found strong evidence that while at SRI Geller was allowed to peek through a hole in the laboratory wall separating Geller from the drawings he was being invited to reproduce. The drawings he was asked to reproduce were placed on a wall opposite the peep hole which the investigators Targ and Puthoff had stuffed with cotton gauze. In addition to this error, the investigators had also allowed Geller access to a two-way intercom enabling Geller to listen to the investigators' conversation during the time when they were choosing and/or displaying the target drawings. These basic errors indicate the high importance of ensuring that psychologists, magicians or other people with an in-depth knowledge of perception, who are trained in methods for blocking sensory cues, be present during the testing of self-proclaimed psychics.
Geller was unable to bend any tableware during a 1973 appearance on The Tonight Show in which the spoons he was to bend had been preselected by Johnny Carson. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the ''Tonight Show'' franchise from 1962 John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and Earlier in his career, Carson had been an amateur stage magician, and consulted James Randi for advice on how to thwart potential trickery. James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal Randi explained in a 1993 "Secrets of the Psychics" for the NOVA television series: "I was asked to prevent any trickery. Secrets of the Psychics was a PBS NOVA episode following James Randi 's work Nova is a Popular science Television series from the US produced by WGBH Boston I told them to provide their own props and not to let Geller or his people anywhere near them. " A clip of this incident was televised on the NBC show Phenomenon. Phenomenon is a competition show judged by illusionists Uri Geller and Criss Angel ( Mindfreak) and hosted by Tim Vincent This two-minute clip, which has been widely circulated on the Internet since James Randi acquired permission to use it from NBC (videotape transfer paid for by Carson) in his television special Secrets of the Psychics only shows Geller failing at psychic "hand dowsing," not metal bending. However, in the television special Randi demonstrates how to bend spoons with seemingly mental powers. 
Noel Edmonds was a television prankster who often used hidden cameras to record celebrities in Candid Camera-like situations for his television programme, Noel's House Party. Noel Ernest Edmonds Candid Camera was a Television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on Radio as Candid Microphone Noel's House Party was a BBC television light entertainment show hosted by Noel Edmonds that was broadcast live on Saturday evenings throughout the In 1996, Edmonds planned a stunt in which shelves would fall from the walls of a room while Geller was in it. The cameras recorded footage of Geller from angles he was not expecting, and they showed Geller grasping a spoon firmly with both hands as he stood up to display a bend in it.  Geller later claimed that he knew that Edmonds' crew had been filming, and that he made the shelves fall off the wall with his psychic powers.
In late 2006 and early 2007 Geller starred in The Successor, an Israeli television show to find a "successor" to him. The Successor ("היורש" - Hayoresh was a 2006 Israeli television program starring Uri Geller who was looking for the next Mentalist During one segment, Geller tried to move a compass with paranormal abilities. However, video cameras caught Geller with magnet-on-thumb (magnets cause compasses to move in the direction of the magnet).  Geller then tried to force YouTube to remove the clips that showed the unflattering thumb. YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload view and share Video clips YouTube was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees 
This trick was also done by Geller in 2000 on ABC TV's The View, which was then duplicated by Randi on the same show the following week. The View is an Emmy Award -winning American Talk show created by Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie and broadcast on 
On October 31, 2007 Criss Angel challenged Geller and Phenomenon contestant Jim Callahan to prove they had supernatural abilities. Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos (born December 19 1967 better known by his Stage name Criss Angel is an American of Greek descent  Angel pulled two envelopes from his pocket and said, "I will give you a million dollars of my personal money right now if either one of you can tell me specific details of what’s in here right now. " After some shouting, Angel and Callahan then moved toward each other. Geller and the show's host, Tim Vincent, moved quickly to keep them apart. Tim Vincent (born Timothy Russell Walker, 4 November 1972) is a Welsh actor and television presenter who is most famous for being a presenter Shortly thereafter, the show cut to a commercial break.
On November 21, 2007, Criss Angel again offered Uri Geller $1,000,000 on the finale of NBC's nationally televised Phenomenon.  Geller said, "although we were born one day apart, I was born on the 20th December and you were on the 19th . . . there are a lot of years between us . . . 40 years you were one year old when I came out with my spoon bending. " As Geller was speaking Angel said, "I told you that, correct" and then interrupted Geller to reveal the numbers 911.  Then Angel concluded, "If somebody could predict, tell us on 9-10 that 9-11 was going to happen, maybe that could have prevented it. "
Geller has litigated or threatened legal action against some of his critics with mixed success. James Randi (born August 7 1928 (stage name The Amazing Randi) is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of Paranormal The Truth About Uri Geller, formerly known as The Magic of Uri Geller, is a 1982 Book by magician and Skeptic  These included libel allegations against Randi and illusionist Gérard Majax. Gérard Faier, known as Gérard Majax ( April 28, 1943) is a French Illusionist and Skeptic.
Notably, three lawsuits Geller filed against Prometheus Books, a publisher of skeptical books, which had falsely asserted that Geller had been arrested and convicted in Israel for misrepresenting himself as a psychic, were dismissed in the U. Prometheus Books is a publishing company founded in August 1969 by Paul Kurtz, who also founded the Council for Secular Humanism and co- founded Committee for S. as they were filed after the statute of limitations had expired, and Geller was obliged to pay more than $20,000 in costs to the defendant.  Upon the final resolution of the Prometheus suit, the chairman of the publishing house, Paul Kurtz, stated, "It seems Mr. Paul Kurtz (born December 21, 1925 in Newark New Jersey) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo Geller's alleged psychic powers weren't working correctly when he decided to file this suit. " Kurtz did, however, provide Geller with a written apology and acknowledgment of error on behalf of Prometheus Books after Geller agreed to drop an identical suit filed in London. 
In a 1989 interview with a Japanese newspaper, Randi was quoted as saying that Uri Geller had driven a scientist to "shoot himself in the head" after finding out that Geller had fooled him. Randi afterwards claimed was a metaphor lost in translation.  However, in previous interview with a Canadian newspaper, Randi said essentially the same thing; "One scientist, a metallurgist, wrote a paper backing Geller's claims that he could bend metal. The scientist shot himself after I showed him how the key bending trick was done. " In 1990, Geller sued Randi in a Japanese court over the statements Randi had made in the Japanese newspaper. Randi claims that he could not afford to defend himself, therefore he lost the case by default. The court declared Randi's statement an "insult" as opposed to libel, and awarded a judgment against Randi for 500,000 yen (at the time about US$4400). Randi feels that, since the charge of "insult" is not recognized by American Law, he was not required to pay, and maintains that he has "never paid even one dollar or even one cent to anyone who ever sued" him. 
In 1991 Geller sued the Timex Watch Company for millions in Geller v. Fallon McElligott (No. 90-Civ-2839,July 22, 1991) and was sanctioned $149,000 for filing a frivolous lawsuit. Frivolous litigation as used in colloquial and political terms in the United States refers to Lawsuits that are based on a theory that seems absurd or where the claim results 
In 1998, the Broadcasting Standards Commission in the United Kingdom rejected a complaint made by Geller, saying that it "wasn't unfair to have magicians showing how they duplicate those "psychic feats'" on the UK Equinox episode Secrets of the Super Psychics (this film, made by Open Media, was known on first transmission as Secrets of the Psychics but should not be confused with the earlier NOVA film of the same name). The Office of Communications (Y Swyddfa Gyfathrebiadau or as it is more often known Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the Communication The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Secrets of the Super Psychics was a Channel 4 documentary special in the UK first shown in the Equinox strand in 1997 later reformated as a shorter The Learning Open Media is a British television Production company, best known for the discussion series After Dark, which was described by The Daily  The full text of the BSC adjudication is available online here .
In November 2000, Geller sued video game company Nintendo over the Pokémon character "Yungerer," localized in English as "Kadabra," which he claimed was an unauthorised appropriation of his identity. A video game is a Game that involves interaction with a User interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. is a Multinational corporation headquartered in Kyoto Japan founded on If you came here to express your personal opinion about Pokémon please go somewhere else At the core of the multi-billion dollar Pokémon Media franchise of various electronic games, ongoing anime, several manga series  The Pokémon in question has psychic abilities and carries bent spoons. Geller also claimed that the star on Kadabra's forehead and the lightning patterns on its abdomen are symbolisms popular with the Waffen SS of Nazi Germany, and he was outraged at the connotations that Nintendo had supposedly made. The Waffen-SS ( German for "Armed SS" literally "Weapons SS" was the Combat arm of the Schutzstaffel ("Protective Squadron" Nazi Germany and the Third Reich are the common English names for Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers  Although the symbols are derived from Zener cards, the name is a pun; the katakana n (ン) resembles the kana ri (リ) (the transliteration of Mr. is a Japanese Syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with Hiragana, Kanji, and in some cases the Latin alphabet Geller's name into Katakana would be ユリゲラー Yurigerā). Geller sued for £60 million (the equivalent of US $100 million) but lost.
He also considered a suit against IKEA over a furniture line featuring bent legs that was called the "Uri" line. IKEA is a privately-held international home products retailer that sells flat pack Furniture, accessories bathrooms and kitchens at retail stores around the world 
In March 2007, videos showing Geller cheating were removed from YouTube due to copyright claims by Explorologist Limited. YouTube is a video sharing website where users can upload view and share Video clips YouTube was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees  Explorologist Limited is operated by Geller who owns 75% of the company and his long time manager/brother-in-law Shimshon [Shipi] Shtrang who owns 25%.  James Randi noted Geller does not own the copyright to these clips, which includes Geller's appearance on The Tonight Show. 
On May 8, 2007 the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued Geller on behalf of Brian Sapient for making false claims to force YouTube to remove a video. Events 589 - Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo 1450 - Jack Cade's Rebellion: Kentishmen Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF) is an international non-profit advocacy and legal organization based in the United States with the stated purpose of being dedicated The Rational Response Squad, or RRS, is a group of Atheists who confront what they consider to be irrational claims, most notably those made by Theists  YouTube eventually reversed their decision to remove the video. The EFF posted the documents pertaining to Sapient v. Geller online. 
The removals have caused a backlash against Geller. 
In a press release by Explorologist Lmt (Geller's business), it was announced that on February 3, 2008, Judge Vaughn R. Walker dismissed the EFF's lawsuit on the basis that the court did not have jurisdiction over Geller, a British subject, or Explorologist, LTD, an English company.  Walker suggested that the case could be handled in Philadelphia where Geller filed suit against the same skeptic, claiming that the YouTube post violated British Copyright Law. 
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Books about Geller
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||performer and author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 20, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|DATE OF DEATH||living|
|PLACE OF DEATH|