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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SPOON BENDING HAS BECOME ICONIC - REFLECTED OVER DECADES THROUGH FILM , LITERATURE , MUSIC , AND THE REALM OF THE PSEUDOSCIENCES .

Thousands of newspaper and magazine articles have since been written about Uri Geller ’ s “ Bent Spoon ” and his supposedly miraculous powers . Spoon- Bending has become iconic — reflected over decades through film , literature , music , and the realm of the pseudosciences . The question remained : Was Uri a real psychic or was he performing magic tricks ? Did it matter ? As Peter Turner says , in Bend It Like Geller :
“ The truth is that it was never about the spoons or the things he was demonstrating ; it was something much more spectacular . Uri allowed people to know it was okay to believe .”
In hindsight , we can now see that the “ scientific-setting ” presented on the show was counterfeit . Sure , John G . Taylor was a scientist , but he was one already won over to the “ transcendental ” cause ; a diehard fan of mysterious things . His book , Superminds , published by Viking Adult in 1975 , is a wonderwall of delicious photographs : spoons and metal bars , all rolled into miraculous and slinky shapes by children who apparently shared Geller ’ s mysterious powers .
Also joining Geller on the talk show was Lyall Watson , author of the 1973 best-selling book of fantasy and loose science , Supernature . Remember this ? Much of the book ’ s contents , along with the Face On Mars , Erich von Daniken ’ s Chariots Of The Gods and “ sharpening razor blades under cardboard pyramids ,” would become serious conspiracy fodder in the 1970s .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ben Harris broke into the magic scene in the early 1980s with a brand new principle using marking pens — Epic Flight . This was soon followed by Gellerism Revealed ( a book that taught a generation of magicians to bend spoons ), and his now famous floating match illusion , Cosmosis : The Original Floating Match ( 1985 ). Used by Doug Henning , released as a magical toy by Tenyo , and adapted by Disney , the effect remains a topselling dealer item almost four decades later .
Between the years 1985 and 1996 , Harris toured extensively ( visiting 36 countries ), lecturing and teaching the performance of his magical inventions .
Ben has written over 40 books on magic ( including Symmetry & Parity , Vanishing Inc ., 2022 ), as well as penning material for Apocalypse , The Magic Circular , Genii , Vanish Magic Magazine , Penthouse , The Skeptical Inquirer and High Times magazines .
BH lives with his wife in a sunny corner of the Antipodes and , using a variety of pseudonyms , also writes professionally in other genres , including Alternate Lifestyles and Science Fiction / Adventure .
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