He might be most recognised for his spoon bending antics and friendship with Michael Jackson, but in a new BBC documentary The Secret Life Of Uri Geller – Psychic Spy, it is revealed that Uri had in fact been leading a double life and had a lengthy second career as a secret agent for Mossad and the CIA.
BBC Documentary on Uri Geller
In the upcoming BBC documentary, Oscar winning director Vikram Jayanti pieces together the story of Uri’s role in a host of intelligence capers.
Jayanti stated “Uri has a controversial reputation. A lot of people think he is a fraud, a lot of people think he is a trickster and makes things up but at the same time he has a huge following and a history of doing things that nobody can explain,”
Jayanti dug deep into the eccentric 66 year olds past, leaving no stone uncovered. He spoke directly to senior officials who were involved in recruiting and using his talents.
However, when he signed up for the film, Geller revealed that he didn’t quite realise how deep Jayanti would dig to track down his old spy masters. He said “I was worried and I am still concerned, I didn’t realise that Vikram was going to do such a thorough job of tying all the loose ends…making that the little hints I dropped throughout my career were real.”
Uri Gellers Serious Side
Nonetheless, he stated he was happy that the documentary was showing “a serious side” to him, after years of being branded a fraud. He reveals that his wacky image of spoon bending and eccentric antics were just a cover up for his secret life: “In the last 40 years I dropped hints that I did this and that but it has never come out clearly before. For 40 years I have been immensely controversial but the main controversy was whether I was real or not. Is it magic or supernatural powers I have? But for me the controversy was an inbuilt safety device, a camouflage covering the dark, cloak-and-dagger secret missions I engaged in.”
The documentary reveals that Uri’s potential was first spotted in America, where at the time the government was already researching whether psychic skills could be utilised by the military. After spending months proving himself in lab tests –the results convinced scientists and Uri was recruited.
Questions Marks over Uri Geller
While the documentary title puts a question mark over Uri Geller, the evidence shown by Vikram Jayanti is compelling. We are left in little doubt that the assertions about Gellers psychic powers were not only rooted in truth, but powerful enough for the US forces to take a very hefty wager on him. The full documentary airs on Sunday night – 21st July at 9pm on BBC Two.