Telekinesis: Biography of Uri Geller

Uri Geller Telekinesis

Uri Geller. A World Leading Expert on the Paranormal, Telepathy and Psychokinesis

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Uri Geller was born in Israel on December 20, 1946.

His parents are of Hungarian and Austrian descent. Uri is distantly related on his mother’s side to Sigmund Freud. At the age of four he had a mysterious encounter. He saw 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.

Early life of Uri Geller

When he was eleven, he went to live in Cyprus, where he remained until he was seventeen. He then returned to Israel. There he served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army. Uri Geller fought in the Six-Day War of 1967 during which he was wounded in action.

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, Uri Geller was a household name throughout Israel. His fame grew thanks to his numerous stage appearances. He was given a plug by the then Prime Minister, Golda Meir. When asked on a national radio show what she predicted for the future of Israel, she replied, “Don’t ask me – ask Uri Geller!”


In 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. Supposedly 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. The astronaut that fly the Apollo 14 mission. Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to set foot on the moon. Together with scientist, inventor and author Andrija Puharich MD. Among the notable scientists he met were Professor Gerald Feinberg of Columbia University physics Department. Secondly, he met Ronald Hawke from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Also, Ron Robertson of the Atomic Energy Commission. And finally NASA’s Dr Werner von Braun, “Father of the Space Age”, who testified they following: “My wedding ring bent in my hand without being touched at any time by Geller”.

Laboratory experiments

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. They include:

Tests 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. The odds are around a million to one. 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. These important controlled experiments were published as a scientific paper in the prestigious British journal Nature.

Other experiments

Experiments 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 honored 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 dematerialize. Witnesses at the Birkbeck experiments included the writer Arthur C. Clarke 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.

New York Times Editorial

“The 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.”

Other leading institutions where the “Geller Effect” has been documented and reported include:

US Naval Surface Weapons Center (Silver Springs, Maryland), where Uri caused the recently invented alloy, Nitinol, to become deformed in a manner contrary to its inbuilt characteristics.

Kent 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.

Uri continues to demonstrate his abilities to scientists and highly specialized 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 experts.

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.


Geller, 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 defense 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.

Their latest 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

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; Science News; The Observer Magazine; Time 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. Uri also wrote his own regular column in News International’s New Idea Magazine (Australia), The STAR (UK) and currently Israel’s MAARIV. Also see the articles in Goal Magazine, Total Football, a monthly column by Uri in Match of the Day Magazine and Tomorrow’s World BBC (Both the latter are monthly BBC publications). His short stories have appeared in Tatler and Interzone (A science fiction magazine funded by England’s Arts Council).

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