The latest Geller miracle!

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Thu, 4 Apr 1996 23:49:28 -0500

FOOTBALL SEEMS IMPERVIOUS TO PSYCHIC POWERS....?

A good friend in the UK sent me this clipping, which he
opines will provide us with "...further evidence as to
the efficacy of Mr. Geller's positive mental energy."
The bits in brackets ([ & ]) are my observations.

-- from "The Independent" newspaper, UK, 2nd April/96

MOVING THE GOALPOSTS

Reading beat Oldham at football over the weekend, a
fact of interest only to the citizens of Reading and
Oldham, and believers in the paranormal. For Reading
now have the services of Uri Geller, the Israeli who
sprang to fame in the Seventies bending spoons and
forks on BBC TV with such consumate ease that he was
later employed by the CIA to use his psychic powers to
erase computer discs held by the KGB.

[We'd better tell the CIA about this! Seems they never
heard about it!]

Well, we all mellow in middle age. And now Mr. Geller
has forsaken espionage and fork-bending to try to help
his local football team, Reading FC. After all, if you
can bend forks, you can bend free kicks. No
fairweather supporter, our Uri. Last season he
concentrated all his powers by walking 48 miles to
Wembley to watch Reading in a play-off for promotion to
the Premier League, but they lost to Bolton and missed
a penalty to boot. And this season they're staring
relegation in the face. What went wrong?

Mr. Geller tells the new edition of Q magazine: "It's
going to be all right, I tell you. Don't give up hope.
I might invite the players over to my home just to give
them a good surge of psychic energy. You have to do
that sometimes because we use only 10 per cent of our
minds."

[Well, maybe some of us, Uri. But this canard has been
around for decades now, repeated ad nauseum by
irresponsible journalists and the uneducated. Just not
so.... And, re the assured success of Reading, be
assured that I'll keep you all informed. Go, Reading!]

Yes, With another 90 per cent, it could be Reading
versus Real Madrid in the Millennium European Cup....
Or Division Three and a misshapen corner flag.

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