This issue seems to be the last one published. As it only came to hand in 1974, I feel that it deserves to be quoted here.
The authors visited Uri Geller in Paris on august 30, 1973. They sat together at the tea table in the hall of an hotel in a buzz of conversation and movement among visitors and hotel guests. In this atmosphere Geller conducted some informal experiments.
"U.G placed one of the spoons we had brought with us in the palm of one of his hands, holding it in position by the light pressure of his thumb and all the while stroking it with two fingers of his other hand. During this procedure he kept his eyes closed.
After about 30 seconds we saw the spoon starting to bend…when placed on the table in front of us, it continued, though untouched, to bend for some two minutes. All the while U.G went on talking without once glancing at it." Geller then asked his visitors to hand him large metal objects such as a pair of iron tongs, pokers, etc.
As they were not carrying articles of this kind, they handed Geller a small patent key, which he bent as he had bent the spoon. The key too continued to bend without being touched after it was put down. A photograph clearly shows that the bowl part of the spoon was bent so as to form an angle of 90 degrees to the handle, when laid flat on the table.
More or less the same held good of the small key; its bow, when lying flat on the table formed an angle of about 90 degrees with its stem and bit. All this was observed at five on a clear August afternoon.
M. Bardot's watch had been going well for at least three weeks. Geller held his fist above it for three seconds, and both authors saw that the watch's hands had been put back 1 hour and 15 minutes, and that the watch's second-hand had stopped.
Simply by holding his clenched fist above the watch again (without touching it) U.G. made the second-hand function once more. The original position of the watch's alarm pointer, too, had been changed. Instead of pointing to 6.45, as it had for many months, it now indicated 5.13.
Mme. Duplessis too had brought a watch. It had not been wound up for two months. As soon as Geller placed his clenched fist an inch or so above it, both authors heard the watch start ticking. Without being wound the watch continued to run for over four hours.
It is remarkable to note how stereotyped Geller's phenomena are; they are always concerned with bending metal objects, influencing watches, clocks and the like. The experiences recorded by Mme. Duplessis and M. Bardot in Paris in 1973 were practically identical with those of the editors and photographer of the Spanish periodical La Actualidad, who tested U.G. in a Madrid hotel in September 1975.
After some conversation in the brilliantly illuminated hotel room Geller requested one editor, Sr. Pelaez, to hand him his bunch of keys. Pelaez pretended to have left them at home. The photographer, Sr. Nieto, willingly offered his front door key.
While the three visitors were watching him closely, Geller stroked the key with his index-finger, as it lay before him on the table. After a few seconds he left the key alone, but kept staring at it, while he cracked his fingers once or twice.
Suddenly the key broke in two pieces! The keys bit with a length of about an inch and a half was broken in the middle. The bits fracture was not clear-cut since the two pieces did not fit together any longer, it was as if some of the keys matter had disolved into nothing.
The photographer offered his watch for another PK test. Geller held his fist above it, and suddenly all present heard the watch emit a crunching noise. Sr. Nieto shouted "Damn it, you are ruining my £100 watch!" Geller said "Don't worry. I only turned the hands backwards, that is all." And indeed, the watch showed a regression of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
It is a curious fact that M. Bardot's watch was also put back 1 hour and 15 minutes two years previously in Paris.
Th. Locher, der Oltner Spuk 1974. (The 1974 Oltner poltergeist). Schweizerisches Bulletin fur Parapsychologie, 8, 1974, pp. 8-12.
The enourmous publicity Uri Geller received among the millions of people who watched him demonstrating on TV his powers of metal bending and breaking has lead to the coining of the term psi-induction: to indicate that some of those who watched him suddenly found themselves capable of producing the same phenomena.
In 1974, for instance, while a middle aged lady, Frau Scheid, living in Germany, was watching U.G. on T.V., she suddenly heard sounds in the sideboard. Opening its drawer she saw her valuable silver spoons, forks, etc, wriggling and twisting like so many eels!
A police- inspector accompanied by a detective-sargent were both able to observe with their own eyes the same remarkable phenomena still going on. They publicly testified to what they had seen.
A similar case, this time accompanied by typical poltrgeist phenomena, i.e. spontaneous recurrent PK, continuing for some weeks, happened in a Swiss town in the spring of 1974. A rare and curious feature of this case was that psi-induction manifested itself in two persons at once so that poltergeist phenomena were triggered off by two poltergeist mediums, (PK subjects) of whom the girl was the more powerful and versatile.
On Jan 23, 1974, Herr Christian (39) and his girlfriend, Fraulein Carolina (19), had watched U.G. on T.V. soon afterwards knives, forks, spoons, etc. started to bend or break into pieces in the sideboard drawers without anyone touching them.
About the same time, bags, plates, crockery, a glass and other objects flew about the room, following trajectories in complete contradiction to the known laws of ballistics. A clock, which had been nailed to the wall, described a large arc as it fell to the floor.
The same phenomena occurred in two other houses, that of a woman neighbor and that of Herr B., in the presence of Frl. Carolina who was followed by poltergeist phenomena for many hours by day and by night. Electric bulbs were screwed out of their sockets, a dinner plate floated slowly through the room, and three ash-trays, which had been put under a piece of furniture, returned to their former places all by themselves.
The three investigators of the case were Dr. Locher, president of the swiss Parapsychological Society, and two psychologists, Meier and Richiger, who submitted the two poltergeist mediums to various psychological tests. All observed the bending of metal objects after the manner of Geller.
Meier and Richiger reported that after one test three spoons, held in C.'s hand, were bent one after another while they were constantly watching her. They write: "While we kept her under continual observation, the first spoon started to bend, finally it formed an arc of 180 degrees.
During a time interval of about two hours the same occurred with two coffee-spoons, a thick metal rod and a pair of steel nail-scissors. C. held the spoons in her right hand, and rubbed them with her thumbs". (The bent spoons may be examined in the archives of the Swiss Parapsychological Society, near Berne.)
To remove all remaining doubts about the authenticity of Frl. C.'s paranormal activities, Dr. Locher sacrificed a silver pencil inscribed with his name, which had been in his possession for 40 years. Frl C. took hold of it and within a few moments Locher saw with his own eyes that her PK powers had completely wrecked it.
It is curious to note that the Geller-effect seems to begin with the bending or breaking of metal cutlery. The so called mini Gellers too start in this way but seldom seem to continue in the more general poltergeist mode, as happened in the case of the two Swiss subjects, with whom "psi-induction" lead to a down-right poltergeist explosion which did not calm down for several weeks. In Frau Scheid's case it never got any further, if we except a grandfather-clock that suddenly stopped after ticking without a break for two centuries.
In connection with this Geller effect, it is surprising to note that cases of psi-induction in our own day seem to occur only in connection with the Geller TV shows (such a kind of induction is also reported to have occurred during D.D Home's sittings), but do not appear to be reported after the seemingly far more "miraculous" TV performances of master illusionists.
We never hear about mini-Houdinis (producing apports of rabbits, breaking heavy chains etc.). It is unlikely that children between six and ten know the difference between psi phenomena and those produced in a normal way by illusionists. Why then mini-Gellers but never mini-Houdinis?
In psi induction there is perhaps something more than just the stimulation of latent psi (PK) powers to activity. On the other hand, there are no mini-Gellers that excel in ESP performances, though Geller demonstrates his Excellent ESP capacities on the stage as often as he does his PK powers. Why?
George Zorab © The Society for Psychical Research
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