Vanish Magic Magazine 102 (2023) Vanishmagazine102 - Page 12

On the evening of the 23rd of November , 1973 , famed English television host David Dimbleby held aloft a “ psychically bent key ” for the world to see . Understand , this was the FIRST time ever the world had seen , or contemplated , the idea of bending metal by merely thinking about it . Looking back , we can now appreciate the profundity of the event . This is where “ spoonbending ” and the genre of “ metalbending ” was born . As I state in Bend It Like Geller :

Overnight , Uri Geller became a mainstream star , an “ A ” -lister . The media went crazy , and the world began contemplating the intriguing question : Could metal really be bent by mind power ?

“ Prior to November 23 , 1973 , a bent spoon ( or bent key ) presented itself in our everyday lives as a nuisance . The spoon with a bend could no longer deliver food to our mouths , and the bent key would no longer fit the front door ’ s lock .”
The Dimbleby Talk-In appearance marked the first time that Uri Geller ( and his particular and original performance construct ), was broadcast to a mass audience . At the time , he was hot off the U . S . college lecture circuit , and concurrently participating in “ Remote Viewing ” studies at California ’ s Stanford Research Institute ( SRI ).
On the Dimbleby set , Geller was flanked by Professor John G . Taylor from London ’ s King ’ s College , and Lyall Watson — a biologist from South Africa . The careful staging , and psychological screenplay , gave the performed effects ( drawing duplication , watch starting , and metalbending ) sincere profundity . Geller ’ s child-like , naive presentation (“ You won ’ t punish me if I fail , will you ?”) cradled the framework of serious undertones , an extraordinary proposition , the weight of which could be felt in David Dimbleby ’ s introductory words :
“ Psychokinesis … the power to bend or to break physical objects , apparently by thought , not by force … If such unexplained and undeveloped powers are possessed by the human mind — powers that our present understanding of the ‘ way life works ’ doesn ’ t encompass — the implications are enormous .”
Uri Geller completed his demonstrations on this evening by mysteriously bending and then breaking a fork . Sincerity poured from Geller ’ s pores and looks of wild-eyed wonder was writ across the faces of the host and his scientist adjudicators . It was the FIRST time the world had seen this , and it caused a sensation .
The key that stared it all .
Uri performers on the US College circuit 1970s
Overnight , Uri Geller became a mainstream star , an “ A ” -lister . The media went crazy , and the world began contemplating the intriguing question : Could metal really be bent by mind power ? Or , on the other hand , was it all a clever hoax ? Serious implications , either way . Think about it : The broad psychological implication
of Geller ’ s effect is that metal can be cold-worked . In other words , the energy generated for the purpose of super-heating metals to great temperatures ( for forging , bending and shaping ) is both unnecessary and wasteful . Cold-working could , if harnessed through research , save billions of dollars in energy costs . Elimination of this industrialscale energy production would then , in theory , benefit us all . This unconscious ( though false ) assumption is the diabolic psychological misdirection that sits at the heart of the effect . The concept offers — if we decide to play along — a better future . It promises hope .
When viewers watching Geller ’ s metal-bending demonstrations began phoning the television networks to report their own cutlery twisting in their homes , the possibilities seemed even more enticing and inexplicable . It was only reasonable for people to begin wondering , as Geller was suggesting , that maybe , just maybe , we all have the power to bend metal . Myths are built from these kinds of subtle “ maybes .” It is WHY we are talking about it , 50 YEARS LATER !
12 JANUARY | 2023