Sewer Robot on The line that separates trickery from deceit.
In the first wave of the public’s fascination with Uri Geller, he was invited to appear on America’s biggest stage, The Johnny Carson Show. Carson was skeptical about Geller’s abilities and asked his friend James Randi how he should prepare for the young Israeli’s appearance. Randi was a well-known magician (performing as The Amazing Randi) who -like his hero Houdini – specialised in escapology. And like Houdini before him, he was also a dedicated debunker of psychics and others who would not admit to the public that their magic was not real. Magicians make their living by deceiving us, but implicit in the deal is an understanding that we are being fooled. They take great pride in the ingenuity and skill that go into their tricks. Psychics, by and large, present themselves as bona fide, and this rankles with most magicians. Randi instructed Carson’s people how to prepare Geller’s props and told them to ensure none of Geller’s people were able to interfere with them. Confronted on live television with spoons he had not previously touched, Geller admitted he wasn’t feeling “strong” that night, protesting he felt he was being » Continue Reading.