I didn't realise Geller was still a thing.
I can only assume he is lacking attention at the moment.
Infamous spoon-wrecking genius Uri Geller has lifted a 20-year ban on Nintendo from publishing Pokémon trading cards he claimed appropriated his likeness. Because we suppose that Geller is a yellow fox-dinosaur thing and not the Israeli illusionist we all thought him to be. For the grownups in the room, we're talking about …
Geller is indeed a thing. He doesn't seem to have sued anybody in quite a long time, but he still occasionally pops up with schemes likes this one to grab attention.
I suspect that his various legal actions against Randi and others were just publicity stunts, however they probably got a bit too expensive. Maybe when he was flavour of the month he could make more than enough from the publicity to offset the legal costs, but I suspect these days his income from the publicity is somewhat smaller.
At least he doesn't seem to have jumped on three COVID-19 conspiracy gravy train (yet) like all the other attention junkies.
A celebrity whose star is on the wane will do anything to get their name on people's lips.
This seems a rather simple way to bolster good will, keep his existence known and (if Nintendo bite) have a reason to stay on the minds of millions of Pokemon players worldwide.
I hope Nintendo ignore this and carry on as if nothing changed.
But the psychic night shouldn't have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, because if you are a real psychic, no circumstances are unforeseen, and therefore the night in question shouldn't have been scheduled in the first place.
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>Don't care about him, don't care about the psychic craze,
Don't care what you don't care: the story of Uri Geller, a successful con artist, and those who called him out on his forgery gives a useful example of how misinformation can be generated and how hard it can be to root out.
Such an example certainly overlaps many of the Reg's core themes of computer security, information, acceptance of science and technology in society, engineering and empiricism.
Oh, and at laughing at jerks such as Geller.
some say I still am, I believed in the bollocks Uri came out with, I was very young. I eventually opened my eyes to the bollocks so loved people like James Randi who exposed him for the slight of hand magician he actually is. I don't know why he didn't just go along that route instead of his bullshit "special powers" but then I guess the "special powers" routine made him more money.
Anyway. I'd had my eyes open for some time before I saw (as I used to love it) Noel's House Party and his Gotcha Oscars with Uri. I remember watching it at the time and spotted this myself
As he gets up, you can see he quickly bends the spoon with his hand. I would say Noel tidy beard must of spotted this but because Noel tidy beard, it would appear, also believes in bollocks. He must of just brushed over it, or, considering how litigious Uri is, told everyone to not comment on the fact you can see him bend the spoon as he stands up. Using the act of standing up as his misdirection.
He bent the spoons by breathing on them. Bismuth-Indium alloys can be made to melt at any low temperature, so you can order an ingot that will melt at say 35 degree C and then solder together a cut spoon. Then, breathing on it, can make it bend. All chemical engineers/metallurgists knew exactly what he was doing. It was a nice parlour trick. https://www.indium.com/blog/low-temperature-alloys-bismuth-and-indium.php