First published in The Age on March 20, 1975
Uri goes on an airport bender – I’m no magician he says, putting a curve into a few bunches of keys
Uri Geller started bending things as soon as he boarded his jet in Sydney yesterday morning. For openers, he bent one of the hostesses’ wings, then, he reported later, he wandered into the cockpit and confused one of the clocks.
Within minutes of arriving in Melbourne, Geller effortlessly bent a whole press conference around his long and supple fingers.
UrI GellerCredit:Robert Pearce
Then, nicely warmed up, he turned to the serious business of the morning and bent four keys, one spoon, and gave an old lady’s wristwatch new hope.
Geller was certainly responsible for the bent keys and the spoon and the few desultory ticks of the old watch.
The only question was whether it was through the agency of surreal forces which he professes not to understand beyond some “far-out unbelievable theories,” or by good old-fashioned muscle concealed by a magician’s skill.
The question makes him angry. He made sharp comments about magicians and scientists who criticised him. If they didn’t believe, that was their problem, he said.
“Of course, magicians can reproduce the things I do. They can do them on stage using tricks, but not in laboratory conditions,” he said.
Uri GellerCredit:Grant Peterson
He offered to bend some keys. A number of keys were offered. He took one and suddenly migrated to the other end of the press-room. In the rush that followed, he chose a corner with the owner of the key and sat on the floor.
Through his fingers that held the key and the other hand which stroked the key, it quickly became clear that the key had bent very sharply. Some of the watchers said they could see the end of the key moving.
As he flourished the radically deformed key, a television cameraman took his keys from his pocket and found one of them bent.
Geller allowed him to hold it and took the other end. He stroked it and the key later seemed more sharply crooked than when he started.
Two other people announced they had found bent keys in their pockets.
The watch took longer. He sat with it in his hand during interviews for some minutes before producing it.
“It doesn’t seem to be going,” he said holding it aloft. Then, “Oh yes, it’s going, it’s going.”
The watch was going, but it stopped almost immediately it was handed to its owner.
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