To: Subject: The latest Geller miracle! Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: The latest Geller miracle! Date: 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. -- 30 -- ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively. Randi also has a web page - check it out at


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