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.
At the age of four he had a mysterious encounter with a sphere of light while in a garden near his house. A retired Israeli air force officer, who was an eyewitness to this encounter, validated this mystifying event decades later.
In 1969 he began to demonstrate his powers of telepathy and psychokinesis to small audiences. By the end of 1971, he was a household name throughout Israel, thanks to his numerous stage appearances. He was given a huge boost by the then Prime Minister, Golda Meir when asked on a national radio program what she predicted for the future of Israel, she replied, "Don't ask me - ask Uri Geller!"
Uri has been studied by the world's leading scientists, including a few who worked with Albert Einstein. The world's most prestigious scientific magazine, Nature, published a paper on Uri's work at the Stanford Research Institute in the U.S.A - a unique endorsement, and an irrefutable proof that his skills are genuine.
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.
Uri also addressed a group of US Senators and National Security Executives at the high-security room in the Capitol Building in Washington.
Recently Uri has helped to negotiate an amicable agreement between the Palestine Red Crescent and Israel's Magen David Adom. "Uri Geller did not just help break the ice" said Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey. "He has also played a pivotal role in helping everyone focus on the main objective and overcoming differences over secondary details at key junctures." she told the assembled dignitaries.
A vegetarian and fervent promoter of peace, Uri has used his intuitive abilities to successfully detect oil and precious metals, one of his successes in locating a huge offshore oil field for Mexico's national oil company PEMEX resulted in Uri getting a Mexican nationality as a token of appreciation and honor by Mexico's President Jose Lopez Portillo.
Uri has founded The Uri Geller Charitable Foundation from which he helps sick and under privileged children.
In 2012 Uri was awarded the prestigious Golden Grolla award, at the eleventh "Masters of Magic" convention in St Vincent Italy, for inspiring the world of magic. In 2012 Uri also received the Star Foundation award at the house of commons (Houses of Parliament) in London, in recognition of his charity work.