Psychic powers, Internet and search for a protégé
March 24, 1996
Web posted at: 6:55 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Margaret Lowrie
BERKSHIRE, England (CNN) -- In the world of weird -- from horned hares to furry fish -- Uri Geller is king.
The world-famous parapsychic, who claims to be able to bend spoons with his mind, is bent on finding someone with similar psychokinetic powers. And he's taking his search to the Internet.
"I said to myself, 'What would happen if I placed a spoon on my Web site and then asked people around the world to try to bend it?'" Geller says. "I don't believe it has to do with distance. It's mind power."
On Geller's Web site, a spoon is "live" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, tucked away in a "see-through safe" in London. Attached to the spoon is a clock to verify when bending occurs and a meter to measure how much.
David Robertson, a parapsychic researcher, explains, "What it does is look for bending and then does a sort of averaging process so that even if it's just a little sudden bend, it will still be displayed long enough for you to see it on the screen."
If a person bends the spoon using psychic powers while watching its image on the Internet, then that person stands to win enough dough to bend silver spoons all they want -- try one million bucks. Plus, the winner "will be invited to participate in paranormal tests by telephone with Uri Geller," as his site explains.
Potential parapsychics pay a one-time fee of four dollars to participate, Geller says to defray the cost of the experiment. Geller is not seeking to retire, he says. He just wants someone else to share the burden of his "gift," letting someone else be the focus of scientists and others who seek to explain Geller's alleged talent.
Geller even demonstrated his psychokinesis to CNN by bending some of our spoons. And CNN's Edith Chapin received an additional surprise: her car key was bent when she pulled it out.
Parapsychic researcher Stephen Ross says finding a Geller successor will prove a tough challenge, but it's worth a shot.
"There are a large numbers of people who report metal bending effects but there hasn't been anybody with the same types of abilities that Uri Geller has," Ross says. "And so I think that's what we're looking for: somebody who is able to achieve much larger effects."
Geller believes his successor will be a teen-ager, because children are "open-minded." (153K AIFF sound or 153K WAV sound)
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