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Today’s Card – Uri Geller

August 15th, 2008 Posted in Game Cards

At last we get to one of the greatest all-time paranormal claimants, and perhaps one of its most hilarious failures, Israeli-born magician and claimed psychic, Uri Geller.

Geller has been on the scene since the mid-seventies when he managed to convince a few irrational and ignorant scientists that he actually had paranormal powers.  His tricks are all easily duplicable by simple magical prestidigitation and James Randi claims that most of them are available for a few dollars from a magic trick shop.

Geller is most famous, of course, for his ability to bend soons and apparently cause all sorts of psychokinetic miracles.  He’s been eligible for the Randi Foundation’s $1m prize for decades, if he can do what he claims, yet has never even attempted to earn it.

Geller gets a 9/10 for comedy, because he’s irritating enough to subtract from the perfect ten. He also loses a few points on stupidity because, although he has tried for over thirty years to pretend that he has paranormal powers on international TV when he quite blatantly does not, at least he has managed to fool rather a large number of people.

Incidentally, there’s a possible hint that he’s finally admitted that he’s nothing more than a stage magician – in an interview in 2007, he said “I’ll no longer say that I have supernatural powers. I am an entertainer.” Well, we’re not going to argue with him there.

I’m sorry that the picture isn’t too good on this one. Geller’s head is eerily elongated and it was almost impossible to get the image cropped to fit in the square frame.  This is in stark contrast to yesterday’s card subject, Duane Gish, whose head is almost miraculously spherical.  Like a beachball.

Uri Geller

Uri Geller

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