The not-so-secret drama about Uri Geller “psychic spy”

You know what. I can’t say anything nice about Uri Geller. So I will just laugh and pass this on for your amusement.

Uri Geller psychic spy? The spoon-bender’s secret life as a Mossad and CIA agent revealed.

A new documentary claims the showbiz psychic is involved in global espionage – and that after 9/11 he was ‘reactivated’ as a pyschic spy.

Geller was at the Sheffield Doc Fest this week for the premiere of Vikram Jayanti’s The Secret Life Of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy?, a new film that offers compelling evidence of his involvement in the shadowy world of espionage.

“Uri has a controversial reputation. A lot of people think he is a fraud, a lot of people think he is a trickster and makes things up but at the same time he has a huge following and a history of doing things that nobody can explain,” Jayanti says of his Zelig-like subject.

When he signed up for the doc, the psychic didn’t realise quite how diligently Jayanti would track down his old spy masters. Nonetheless, he is happy that the doc is showing “a serious side” to him. “Some countries think I am a freak, bizarre, an eccentric,” he sighs.

Jayanti’s thesis is that Geller was recruited as the US security forces were caught up in “psychic arms race” with their Soviet rivals, who were almost certainly bluffing about the strength of their own psychic warriors.

There is information given about Jimmy Carter contacting Geller to brief him on the Soviet psychic threat. The filmmaker’s premise is that maybe his public persona as a psychic was to obscure his “serious” work.

My head is banging the desk.

Stopping a pig’s heart, erasing disk drives, etc. – all these things are TESTABLE and Geller has not been adequately tested or has failed miserably when controls were used. All I see here is a man who LOVES attention and has crafted a very intriguing story about his life. There is no reason to believe his outlandish tales are true. However, the military certainly DID look into psychic warfare because they didn’t know any better. See The Straight Dope: Did the U.S. government fund psychic research?. They didn’t want to be scooped by the Soviets. Look how that went…

More:

Uri Geller – The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Skepdic.com.

The Pentagon’s Psychic Friend’s Network | eSkeptic.

Geller’s limp spoon : Bad Astronomy.

The Truth About Uri Geller: James Randi: 9780879751999: Amazon.com: Books.

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  6 comments for “The not-so-secret drama about Uri Geller “psychic spy”

  1. June 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Uri was a paratrooper in the Israeli militia prior to his involvement in “psychic spy” research, he was wounded in the 6 day war. His father was a military officer during the founding of the Israeli state. It wouldn’t be surprising if he did have a career in intelligence that paralleled, and at times coincided with his performances as a psychic entertainer. That would be a great cover, and give him a reason to travel internationally and meet with power brokers.

    I’m not sure why you’re conflating his claims to have anomalous abilities with his possible involvement as a spy. As the article you cited mentions, making him look like a fool would aid his ability to act effectively as an espionage agent.

  2. Walt B
    June 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    If the article and “documentary” didn’t identify Geller as a possible “psychic spy,” I MIGHT be able to accept David’s defense. But I believe this is part of a publicity-seeking stunt by a washed-up, no-talent, full-of-himself magician.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    June 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    he has a huge following and a history of doing things that nobody can explain

    Horse spit.

    All of his tricks have been thoroughly explained. They are probably better explained and documented than any other “psychic” in history.

  4. One Eyed Jack
    June 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    @David

    Except that sort of “cover” works in the movies, but isn’t very effective IRL. Real spies attempt to be as nondescript as possible. The best spy is a person that is forgotten as soon as you meet them.

    For example” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melita_Norwood

  5. June 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    “However, the military certainly DID look into psychic warfare because they didn’t know any better.”

    I don’t know how much – if any – of the movie is true, but “The Men Who Stare at Goats” is hilarious. :)

  6. July 31, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    People complained about the documentary. This is what they got. http://theemptysafe.com/bbc-responds-to-complaint-about-uri-geller-documentary/

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