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Uri Geller – part 5

Uri Geller.

We have no rational explanation to offer for precognition and/or telepathy.  The Americans, and even more so, the Russians, are looking for a solution in the paradoxes of Time.  No-one has yet been able to give a satisfactory definition of this concept.  What is its nature?  Does it have an objective reality?  For Kant, Time has no reality outside experience.  Bergson distinguishes between “real” Time which is a succession of psychological, free and creative moments, and “mathematical” Time which is submitted to determinism…  However, they all believe that the flow of Time is irreversible, that is to say, that it flows incessantly from an alpha point to an omega point.  This is where contemporary physicists do not agree…

Targ and Puthoff very well show that this irreversibility is more of a subjective constatation, than a scientific law.  Modern physics have made discoveries where information is in fact propagated, not by the present towards the future, but well and truly in the opposite sense:  it is the Englishman Dirac, for example, whose equations, relative to the electron, furnish two solutions in 1920.  One describes a particle with a negative charge, which effectively suits the electron, the other’s charge is mysteriously positive.  It is only in 1932, that this second solution is revealed to be correct also, with the discovery of the positron.  For Targ and Puthoff, this is a typical case of precognition, the emergence of the positron not having yet happened, while it had already provoked a perception in the present…


The Russians have a more materialistic explanation of perception.  The Russian physicist Kozyrev, passionate about the paranormal, says:

“Time is the most important and the most enigmatic element in the Universe.  It doesn’t propagate like Light waves, it manifests itself everywhere instantaneously.  It is Time which connects us to others, and connects all things in the Universe.  This Time, we, the Russians, know how to study it in the laboratory.”

Starting with an asymmetrical pendulum, constituted by a perfected gyroscope and an elastic under tension, Kozyrev was able to demonstrate that, between the pole of the elastic’s traction, which he calls “cause”, and the pole of extension, “effect”, there is a very important “deflection”, or deviation effect, which reveals an increase in temporal density.  Kozyrev says:

“The density is strongest at the pole of traction, which allows me to emit the following postulation:  Time possesses a density which is weak around the cause and strong around the effect.”

Kozyrev notes one disconcerting thing:  chemical reactions, the combustion of sugar for example, affect the gyroscope at a distance.  Without any recourse to a known energy type.


Kozyrev was able to prove that it also affects his apparatus, and singularly, more when he thinks of a poem, than when he redoes a mathematical calculation.


He concludes that telepathy always depends on Time’s density…  Weak near the emitter, it is stronger near the receiver, as in the case of the elastic.  He says:

“We have good hopes of being able to modify temporal density soon in the laboratory.  When we are in measure to do it at will, we shall be able to produce telepathy on order, with any subject.”


The Americans agree.  Doctor Wilson, of the Douglas Laboratories in California thinks:

“I am sure that in ten or twenty years [this text was written over thirty years ago], physicians will have elaborated a theory very close to that of Kozyrev.”

The eminent American physicist Carles A. Muses also assures that it is possible to quantitatively evaluate Time.  Like Richet, he thinks that the energy that it produces is of a vibratory nature.  Doctor Murphy, the President of the American Psychical Research Society, concludes:

“When we have acquired another conception of Time, we shall suddenly understand all of the problems connected to clairvoyance, and all the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place”…


Both the Russians and the Americans have done a lot of work on E. S. P. over a long period of time.  The proof is the number of hypotheses which have been emitted to explain the different forms of clairvoyance.  Over a century ago, E. Houston was already speaking of a bold hypothesis, which compared telepathy to electromagnetic waves which had just been discovered by Hertz.  In the West, the materialistic theses (chains of physical causes and effects) are abandoned for subliminal theses.  By subliminal, they mean everything that is situated below the Conscious level.  Doctor Alexis Carrel explains it in a very poetic way:

“The mind is not entirely set in the four dimensions.  It is at the same time in the material Universe and elsewhere.  It is prolonged out of Space and Time, like an algue which fixes itself on a rock and lets its hair float in the mystery of the ocean…”

By ideological conviction, the Russians never wanted to believe in trancendental hypotheses, which attribute clairvoyance to extra-human entities, of a spiritual nature.  This allowed them to go very far in the experimental and applied domains.  Paranormal research was considered there as a science among others, and Jacques Bergier was able to prove that, during the whole of Stalin’s reign, the Pavlov Institute in Moscow was already doing clandestine research on the influence of high-frequency magnetic fields on extra-sensory faculties.

Their most spectacular results concern extra-retinian vision, which permits seeing with the epiderm, the sourcer’s rod for the detection of mines and dowsing, telepathy at very long distances (more than 5,000 kilometres) for espionage purposes, notably in the direction of China, and parapsychology applied to plants, animals and health.  On this last point, it was widely reported in the Press, that Brejnev had been treated by an extremely gifted female healer, Jewgenija Juwasjewna Dawitascwili, nicknamed Dschuna, which means “demon”.  In 1979, she apparently succeeded in “ressuscitating” the master of the Kremlin with a simple magnetic pass.  Dschuna was at the heart of a Soviet offensive for the conquest of all the parapsychological domains, and notably those which would allow them to attack illnesses which are incurable at the moment.


There are enormous difficulties in making a synthesis of the vast parapsychological accomplishments.  It is a science still in the cradle, which will really only progress when the “superphysics” that it implies, are themselves founded.


During trips to the Moon, the Americans could have made parapsychology take a giant leap.  Edgar D. Mitchell, who was part of Apollo 14 in 1971, performed some telepathic experiments with four people on Earth.  They were full of information, but were given no support, Mitchell not even daring to mention them to NASA, for fear of seeing them forbidden.


The Russians most certainly performed this kind of experiment in Space.  Although we have only indirect proof.  After finding out that researchers, like Targ and Puthoff, had been given some money to detect and form telepaths, they set up a special research unit to form telepaths capable of messing up the Americans’ telepathic exchanges…



Uri Geller – part 4

Uri Geller.

The scientific approach to telepathy is more than a hundred years old now.  Its great ancestor is the Frenchman Richet, the first President of the Union metapsychique internationale.  From the beginning of the XXth Century, he untiringly leads the investigation through all those who manifest clairvoyancy gifts, and analyses the diverse cases with the aim of finding, in a rigorous manner, the mechanisms of thought transmission, of the “sixth sense”, as it was then called.  But he also gives a global explanation, by a poetic comprehension of the matter, breathing in unison with the Conscious.  A Conscious which is in permanent expansion in the Universe, and which transmits “all the vibrations of reality” to thinking people.  He thus opens the way for the American Rhine, who proves that distance does not alter the telepathic message, and that, on the contrary, it is at a distance of 500 kilometres or more that perception is at its best.  If telepathy is not affected by Space, is it affected by Time?  Rhine then asks.  He proves that it is not, and that certain messages are received before they are even emitted.  This is the case for Uri Geller, who directly perceives images which appear on a television screen.  This is no longer telepathy, but clairvoyance.  The paranormal information arrives without there being any need for it to pass through a person who emits this information.


The crucial question of knowing when an experiment begins and when it ends is therefore a stumbling block in the bewildering problem of precognition.  Until then, attempts had been made to explain telepathy by the schema of radio wave function.  A very limited schema, by the way, for all telepathic exchanges are sooner or later infiltrated by clairvoyance:  when Rhine asks his telepaths to read cards bearing symbols such as a cross, a circle or a star, it frequently happens that the subject perceives the preceding or the following card.  As the person is not looking at the cards at this moment, it is necessarily a sort of divination which, for the moment, is totally inexplicable…


The Russians were the most advanced in this domain.  They worked a lot on precognition, notably to try to teach pilots of space vessels to detect obstacles in the sideral vacuum, or enemy rockets, by precognition.


The Americans multiplied their experiments, but seem to have remained at the hypothetical stage.  Targ and Puthoff, notably, have worked with extraordinarily gifted clairvoyants.  Certainly more gifted than Geller.  The most prodigious was certainly Ingo Swann, a New York artist.  He could describe places that he had never seen.  Targ and Puthoff indicated geographical longitudes and latitudes to him, Ingo settled himself comfortably on a sofa and immediately began:

“2 degrees South, 34 degrees East…, I’m above a big stretch of water, it’s a lake, the altitude is high…”

These co-ordinates are those of Lake Victoria.

“64 degrees North, 19 degrees West…, I’m above the ocean, I see a volcano in the South-East…”

These co-ordinates indicate a point above the Atlantic, twenty miles from the Hekla volcano.

“60 degrees North, 90 degrees West, I’m in the middle of the sea but I see pine trees to the North.”

The co-ordinates of Hudson Bay.


The researchers thought at first that this was a simple case of telepathy but they found that telepathy had nothing to do with it.  They put together a fabulous project that they baptised SCANATE, which roughly means “exploration by co-ordinates”.  Their principal objective was precisely to mix up all possible telepathic influences, and this is how they went about it:  firstly, all the targets around the world were chosen by the ordinary employees of the Stanford Research Institute, and by researchers belonging to other laboratories.  Right to the end, those who were participating in the experiment were kept in ignorance of the chosen co-ordinates.  Lastly, the researchers had details described to them which were not found on any map, such as houses, pylons, bridges…

One day, a physicist stationed at the other end of the United States, and completely sceptical about the eventual results of the project, was asked to telephone the following co-ordinates:  49 degrees 20 minutes South, 70 degrees 14 minutes East.  On his orange sofa – a colour that inspired him – Ingo Swann immediately began.

“I see an island and a mountain rising through a layer of clouds.  The terrain is rocky, little plants are growing there…  There are a lot of clouds and it is very cold…  I see buildings arranged symmetrically.  One is orange, it is dominated by a radar antenna and a round disc…”

Ingo then starts to draw a map, which he comments like this:

“Night is falling.  There is an orangey light in the West where I see hills.  To the North, I see a landing-strip and to the East, far away, the ocean.  Now I’m at the edge of the water…  waves are breaking over the rocks, and now there appears to me a basin of sand traversed by a river with many birds flying over it.  Oh!  A high cliff, and a promontory…  Over there, a lighthouse perhaps…  But I really don’t feel like flying over this rocky zone, which is, by the way, very indistinct!”

The map that the paragnostic had drawn was that of the French island of Kerguelen, in the Southern Indian Ocean, and its outline is much more precise than that done by Cook two centuries earlier, or by Tremarec, who discovered the island…  Of course, all the details mentioned are exact, as a very detailed enquiry was able to determine later…


Dr Charles Richet was one of the foremost physiologists of his time.

No explanation has been given.  However, since this study, we know that this form of vision at a distance is suscitated by the right hemisphere of the brain.  We already knew that both hemispheres of the brain had functions and aptitudes which were completely different from each other.  The left is specialised in analytical and logical activities, the right, in intuition, and the global and poetic comprehension of things.  And, above all, the left hemisphere better measures Space, the right, Time.  Space and Time are the fundamentals of the Conscious, and the brain has an equal need to apply both of its parts to them.  This well proves that, for the most difficult problems presented to the human species, the scientist needs the artist, and that no creative work is possible without the complementarity of the rational and the intuitive.  Charles Richet’s genius was to understand, as early as 1908, that his hypotheses would remain, for the essential, “buried in darkness”, if he couldn’t manage to embrace this “immense intelligence, on the surface of which we live” by scientific experimentation.  It is true that this winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine had begun his career by writing an excellent book of poetry.


To be continued.

Uri Geller – part 3

Uri Geller.

Uri Geller manages to capture images sent to him via a television screen or from a calculator’s memory.  The person who loads the machines does not know what the image is.  Uri manages to receive the images anyhow, although with less clarity.  This is a troubling innovation:  does it mean that he doesn’t need a human intermediary to read the image?  The experiment is pursued in this sense.  A researcher places an object inside one of the ten film containers spread out over the table.  Uri has to identify the one which contains it, without touching anything.  Whether the object is a magnet, a ball bearing, sugar or water, he designates the right container twelve times out of twelve.  Then a dice is placed in a metal classer, which someone shakes energetically.  Like the other telepathy experiments, Geller is allowed to “pass” a certain number of times.  Out of ten answers to be given, he passes twice and guesses eight times the number on the dice.  The probability of luck in this experiment:  one chance in a million.

Because the Stanford Research Institute‘s team is composed only of serious and competent people, who are laying their reputations on the line with this type of experimentation, their conclusions are more than prudent.  Apart from the absolutely uncontestable experiments in telepathy, they only talk about Uri Geller and a “chain of coincidences”.  Other men of science who have worked with the Israeli speak in the same terms about the phenomena that he declenches, because the state of Science and its language are still incapable of reporting it properly.  Targ and Puthoff repeated the experiment once more, several years after having met Geller.

One evening in 1975, when they are passing through Washington, one of their colleagues from the East Coast, asks them to drop everything and meet him.  Although they are already late, the two men accept to receive him in their hotel room.  The scholar arrives out of breath, and shows them a series of recent photographs on which Uri is trying to bend a bar of iron.  On several of these photographs, above his head, an arm in a sleeve of light material is clearly visible.

Very impressed, Russel Targ and Harold Puthoff try humour:

“That must be the famous arm which always comes, when needed, to help Uri!”

Their colleague does not at all feel like laughing.  He recounts that, a few days after having taken these photos, the photographer awoke in the middle of the night.  An arm was floating above his bed.  It appeared terribly real, this arm, dressed in a sleeve of light grey material.  And on top of that, it ended in a hook.  Puthoff jokes:

“An extra-terrestrial, perhaps, or one of Venus de Milo’s arms.”

He looks at his watch.  It is nearly midnight.  Suddenly, the three men distinctly hear the sound of a key in the lock.  The door opens and a man enters the room.  And this man, who is wearing a light grey suit, has only one arm.

In fact, he is just a client of the hotel who had previously occupied this room, and thought that his luggage was still inside.  A simple coincidence therefore, another one, which has taken a slightly poetic turn this night.  Poetry which, according to Eddington, Einstein’s friend, is particularly adapted to the comprehension of today’s physics.  Physics which seem to obey the pre-established, rational conception that we have of them a lot less now, than they do a series of chance events, which make possible today, phenomena which appear to be quite startling…


We don’t hear a lot about Uri Geller today.  Some people say that he was just a clever mystifier of the 1970’s.  They are completely wrong.  It is possible that his gifts one day disappeared, as quickly as they had come, notably telekinesis.  This faculty is in fact intimately connected to stages of life:  it culminates in adolescence and totally disappears at mature age.  Illnesses, a bad function of sexual or thyroid glands, can also perturb it.  In 1972, when Targ and Puthoff are testing Uri, he is twenty-five.  He impresses the two physicists so much, that they completely turn their backs on their speciality, quantum electronics, to consecrate themselves to the study of parapsychology.  At the Stanford Research Institute, nobody thinks that they are crazy.  On the contrary.  The State even gives them an important grant for their research.


They are right, however, to be wary of Geller’s gifts as well as of chance.  In the example of the playing cards, there could have been a manufacturing fault.  These sorts of coincidences, as improbable as they are, give enormous problems to scientists who are interested in parapsychology.  Arthur Koestler, the author of Zero et l’Infini, talks at length on it.  But for him, it is very hazardous to conclude, in the case of the damaged cards, that it was entirely due to coincidence.  For him, this incident, as modest as it is, reminds us that universal order covers all activity, and that it is only the present and temporary limits of our minds which prevent us from finding the connection between the man and the event, the pack of damaged cards and the fact that it was precisely into Uri’s hands that this strange pack of cards arrived that night…


Geller’s exhibitionist side is a moral problem which has nothing to do with his paranormal gifts.  All of the great paragnostics are exhibitionists, and most of them cheat as well, sometimes.  Because they impose such tension on their willpower, that the awaited phenomenon must be produced.  If it isn’t, the consequences can be dramatic for their psychism, which is already sorely tried.  As for the experiments which took place over six weeks at the S. R. I., Targ and Puthoff used the most sophisticated controlling instruments available to track Uri’s telekinetic powers, and possess kilometres of film which prove their reality.  For the moment, they have not been able to draw any scientific laws from them.  But they are convinced that these phenomena obey hidden harmonies.  It is good that the mind discovers only slowly the vertiginous gulfs that they cover.  Because reason would otherwise be swallowed up in them…


To be continued.

Uri Geller – part 2

Uri Geller.

The magnometre measuring Uri Geller’s magnetic field shows that it is close to that of the Earth.  The apparatus comports two pens which permit the notation of the variations in measure onto a graph.  These steel pens have turned over and have largely scratched the graph’s support.  The whole team decides to celebrate this first success by a lunch.  For Uri, the psychokinetic effects which have been produced in the laboratory cannot just cease.  All those seated around the table this day have the privilege of stirring the sugar into their coffee with a completely twisted object, vaguely resembling a spoon.  After what had happened to the “Stop” sign, this is nothing, and Uri wants to go further.  He sees a group of people working in a neighbouring laboratory, near a television set testing visualisation by ultra-sounds.  A system which allows you to see inside bodies, without using dangerous X-rays…  Uri thanks the researchers for his lunch and says that he wants to play a little trick, although he doesn’t know whether or not it will work.

Followed by the whole team, he arrives at about four metres from the television screen and concentrates, while putting himself into a boxer’s guard position.  Before the stunned researchers, he shouts:

“Up!  Down!…  Up!  Down!…”

The researchers are even more stunned to see the image going up and down on the screen, docily obeying the paragnostic’s orders…

So as to leave nothing to chance or… to any possible strategy from Uri, they make him repeat his “number” that afternoon, but this time with an ultra-perfected control dispositive:  he sends the image in all directions, in exactly the same way…  But will he be able to clear the following obstacle, which appears to the scholars to be redoubtable in its simplicity?  He has to try to influence, at a distance, an electric scale, on the plateau of which a weight of one gramme has been placed.  This weight is covered with an aluminium box and the whole is placed under a glass bell, to eliminate the effects of any draughts.  Uri concentrates intensely for a long time.  On the measuring apparatus, there is no doubt:  he has managed to suscitate gains and losses of weight of about one gramme.  But above all, he has emitted sound signals, in the form of vibrations of one fifth of a second, that a magnet was able to receive.  The problem is that, for weeks, they tried by diverse methods, notably charges of static electricity, to imitate the vibrations obtained by Geller.  Not only did they not succeed, but no-one until now, at the Stanford Research Institute or elsewhere, during similar experiments, has been able to explain the exact nature of these signals, nor how Uri is able to produce them…

This emission of waves or signals brings us straight back to telepathy.  Uri does not hold it in very high estime, for “everyone can be telepathic”  he says, which is true in a way.  But those who manage to read complex visual messages are very rare, and our physicists well know that telepathy is the only parapsychological domain where systematic experimentation has led to scientific certitude.  So, just to please him, they propose a few more tests aimed at exorcising his poltergeist.  But with the hope of quickly locking him up in their famous space capsule.  First of all, they affront him with a laser beam, whose position is controlled to the hundredth of a millimetre by photographic detectors.  If he manages to deviate the beam ever so slightly, the result will be inscribed on a graph.  Geller has understood and puts himself in his guard position again.

“I have to move that little pen…  All right, let’s do it!… “

He holds out his fist and after about ten seconds of extraordinary tension, the pen transpierces the graph’s paper and lacerates it over its whole length.  And as, with Uri, a prodigy never comes alone, the amplis of both of the recording canals go up in smoke.

Over the whole of these six weeks, the deregulation and destruction of all kinds of apparatus will be continual.  One day, Uri is filmed making figure eights with rings locked up in a box.  Suddenly, a detonation shakes the camera.  The operator opens it and sees that a cog has disappeared, entangling one hundred metres of film.  The man swears that such an incident is impossible, and in any case, it is the first time in his career that he has seen anything like this…  The following day the cog is found.  It had been projected behind the easel for blowing-up photographs in the dark-room…  While he is at it, Uri manages to deviate the needle of a compass and, at the price of tremendous effort, which exhausts him for several days, he makes a big ball bearing turn…

Before all of these marvels, the scholars are ecstatic…  But they are not forgetting that they are men of science and that, to make sense of these prodigies, they must conform to the austere necessities of experimental method.  For in the so spectacular and poetic manifestations of psychokinesis, the phenomena could also come from a failure of the material, that is to say by coincidence.  As improbable as this may be in the Geller case, this possibility cannot be excluded by a scientist worthy of the name, and for the Targ-Puthoff team, the time of hors-d’oeuvre and recreation is over…

Uri Geller receives by telepathy the image of an object, drawn by an unknown person, and reconstitutes it on a blackboard.

Not without reticence, the Israeli finally consents to enter the “message chamber”, a room with metal walls, garnished with a thick, isolating layer, and a door of the type of those used in recording studios.  In a neighbouring building, a researcher randomly chooses, in a big dictionary, a certain number of target-images which are copied by a sketch artist.  The researcher then “emits” these images toward Uri Geller, locked up in his cabin, under the surveillance of Hall.

The results are impressive.  Uri does not draw well.  But he manages to reproduce the target-images sent to him in a way which leaves absolutely no room for chance.  When it is something simple, like a bird, a horse, he manages perfectly well.  The painter Jean Mayo draws for him a bunch of twenty-six grapes.  Uri reproduces twenty-four…  The images with a symbolic content give particularly interesting results:  as Mayo draws him a little devil, Geller responds by symbolic drawings, where there is the Earth, an apple with a worm in it, a snake and…  the Tables of the Law.  Only the devil’s fork is concretely perceived…  Geller warns seriously:

“Don’t ever do that to me again.  You know very well that, in my country, it is forbidden to draw the devil’s image!”

To be continued.

Uri Geller

Uri Geller was born in Tel-Aviv, in 1946.

We are in 1972, in the Baylands Natural Reserve, near San Francisco.  In the cafeteria of the Museum of Natural History in Palo Alto, five men are gathered around a table on which there are metal rings, watches, bracelets and a few other pieces of jewellery.  Outside, daylight is fading and dissolving the shadows of the overhead bridges which span the Bay’s marshlands, like miniature Golden Gates.  One of the men is picking up the pieces of jewellery and placing them in the open palm of the man opposite him.  Then he puts his hand on the fist which is clutching all these objects and enters into deep concentration…  After which, he shakes his thick, brown hair and announces that something has bent.  His companion opens his hand and shows a ring that is now twisted into the form of an ellipse.  The four men around him let out exclamations…

Is this a student gathering where one of them is trying out some prestidigitation?  Or a spiritist seance, like in Allen Kardec’s time?  Not at all.  The men are eminent physicists from the famous Stanford Research Institute, which is specialised in research on plasmas, lasers and quantum electronics.  Two of them, anyway.  Another one, Doctor Puharitch, being one of the greatest specialists in the world on the paranormal, and the last one, Edgar Mitchell, the astronaut from the first manned flights to the Moon.

“Hal” Puthoff, one of the physicists, is sceptical.  He doesn’t understand how the young, dark-haired man has been able to twist the ring without getting it mixed up with all the rest of the “baubles”.  The young man, whose face is now bathed in perspiration, takes Puthoff’s heavy, silver bracelet delicately between his thumb and index finger, places it completely flat on the table and lightly touches it with a gentle finger.  He concentrates again, his face contracted and, fairly quickly, declares:

“It’s too thick!  I can’t do it… “

Then he takes his finger off the bracelet.  His companions can’t believe their eyes:  the researcher’s heavy piece of silver jewellery is cleanly broken in two places…

As astonishing as it is, the young man’s exploit does not convince the men of science who are with him.  They are professional doubters, who are as wary of their senses as of the young man’s prestige.  He is perhaps only a clever illusionist…

Mitchell has just obtained important amounts of money for paranormal research and they have met this evening to have a scientific look at the PSI faculties of a young Israeli whom Dr Puharitch has brought with him.  His name is Uri Geller and he comes straight from Tel-Aviv where the doctor has seen him twist all sorts of metal objects, apparently by willpower alone.  He also makes things disappear and reappear in the most surprising places.  Already, the day before, upon his arrival at the San Francisco Airport, Uri Geller had given a small preview of his talents.  Despite his hosts’ reticence, he sat at the wheel of the car of the other physicist in the group, Russel Targ, and with his eyes blindfolded, drove at high speed through the residential quarter of Palo Alto.  Describing along the way the shape and colour of the cars he passed and counting the signalisation panels…

During this first evening, Mitchell asks him if he would accept to enter a special sort of space capsule.  The Israeli replies:

“Of course!  That and other things.  Whatever you want!  If only you knew how much I want to know why I am different!”

Puharitch has brought along a movie camera, and Puthoff decides that the time has come to use it.  He pulls a pack of cards from his pocket.  It is a new packet, still wrapped in cellophane.

“Apparently you have done dematerialisations?”

While the camera rolls, Uri starts shuffling the cards, rather clumsily.  A few fall from his hands onto the table.  His companions then ask themselves if they aren’t victims of an hallucination.  They have the clear impression that some of the cards have dissolved into the table-top…

Puthoff grabs the pieces of cardboard.  They are still all there, but five of them have bits missing.  Which is why the onlookers thought that the cards were melting into the table.  However, a good quarter of each of these cards is missing…  On top of which, it is impossible to find the missing pieces.

Has this phenomenon occurred because our scholars have just spoken to Geller about dematerialisations?  Perplexed, they put an end to the seance.  But they are far from the end of their surprises.  Over the six weeks that Uri Geller spends at the Stanford Research Institute, Puthoff writes that they were daily witnesses of “astounding and marvellous things”.  On this particular evening, it begins again as soon as they are outside.  At the end of the avenue there is a “Stop” sign.  The metal pole which holds it no longer looks like a pole at all.  Whatever it is now, is on the ground:  an absurd object twisted into three complete loops, as if a giant has wrapped it three times around his finger.  The physicists make enquiries and learn that before Geller’s arrival, at the end of the afternoon, it still resembled all the other “Stop” signs…

But Russel Targ and Harold Puthoff are waiting for Uri Geller in a completely different domain.  That of the laboratory experiment, where guinea-pig nudity and the cold starkness of the measuring apparatus will render any eventual trickery impossible.  Therefore, a few days later, here is Uri, in jeans and T-shirt, facing a magnometre in the central laboratory of the S. R. I.  Near this installation is a sensitive sounding device, capable of determining that the medium is hiding no magnet on him.  A video will register the whole scene.  At a given signal, Uri advances towards the sounding device, his arms outstretched and his hands open…  The magnometre needle deviates so much that it indicates a measure close to that of the Earth’s magnetic field…

To be continued.

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