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URI GELLER

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Uri Geller is one of the world's most investigated and celebrated mystifiers. Famous around the globe for his mind-bending abilities, he has led a unique life shrouded in debate, controversy and mystery. He is also related to Sigmund Freud. Born in Israel of Hungarian and Austrian descent, Uri 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 pressure to it. He developed these powers in school by demonstrating them to pupils. His mother thought he inherited them from Sigmund Freud.
 
In  Israel, Uri served as a paratrooper in the Israeli army and fought the Six-Day War of 1967, getting wounded in action. In 1968-9, Uri worked as a photographic model in many ad campaigns. By 1971 he was a houshold name throughout Israel, and was given a huge boost when then-Prime Minister, Golda Meir was asked on a national radio program her prediction for the future of Israel, and responded, "I don't know; ask Uri Geller!"
 
Uri has been studied by the world's leading scientists, including some who worked with Albert Einstein. His work with the FBI and the CIA has ranged from using Mind Power to erase KGB computer files and track serial killers, to attending nuclear disarmament negotiations to bombard and influence the Russian chief negotiator with positive thought waves so that the Soviet delegation would sign the Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty. In 1995 a major motion picture inspired by Uri's life story titled MindBender was filmed in Israel directed by the legendary Ken Russell starring Oscar nominee Terrence Stamp.
 
"The Secret Life of Uri Geller" by Jonathan Margolis will be available October 15th.
 

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