Watkins signs new biography of Uri Geller

Is Uri Geller a CIA Masterspy?

It is well-known that from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, the CIA funded research into extra sensory perception, remote viewing, out-of-body experiences, and other psychic phenomenon. Believing that their Cold War enemies were engaged in similar research, these activities were never completely classified and much has leaked-out through the personal accounts of participants.

One such participant, the controversial magician and mentalist, Uri Geller, got his break in show-business as a result of propaganda that was released by the CIA-supported Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Geller had come to the attention of the authorities at SRI through his stage-act in Israel where he bent spoons and performed other paranormal tricks. In one propaganda video which is now available on Youtube, Geller is shown in at SRI drawing a copy of a picture that has been hidden in a sealed envelope by an experimenter.

Other participants in the U.S.-funded psychic research, such as Major David Morehouse, have since come forward to talk about the military-related spy work they performed for the U.S. government following their evaluations at SRI and elsewhere. In his new book, Jonathan Margolis, gives hard evidence that Geller too served the CIA and other U.S allies as a psychic spy.

The story was broken by Oscar-winning filmmaker, Vikram Jayanti, whose film The Secret Life of Uri Geller: Psychic Spy? had its world-wide debut at the Sheffield Film Festival in June 2013. In an essay he wrote about the film for the Guardian, Jayanti wrote,

“My journey, as I searched for corroboration of the rumours (and the heavy hints dropped by Geller himself) about his services to the intelligence communities of three continents, took me into a strange alternative reality, populated with men (always men) from the CIA, the FBI, Nasa, Britain’s Ministry of Defence, and yes, the NSA that everyone’s talking about this week. (I’ll say nothing of Mossad, though Israel’s legendary intelligence agency kept cropping up.)”

Jonathan Margolis is working with Jayanti and Geller to re-write Geller’s life story based on this bombshell.

Throughout his career, Uri Geller has courted controversy. To many in the general public, he is an entertainer, a crackpot, or Hollywood hanger-on. He made millions in showbiz and as a psychic advisor to the oil industry, but was humiliated in his appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson. (He later had a triumphal appearance on the same program when it was hosted by Jay Leno.) He was good buddies with mega-star, Michael Jackson, but has been plagued by skeptics who have sought to debunk his paranormal abilities.

And yet, on Uri Geller’s website, there is a photograph from 1987 of Geller together with Al Gore, Yuli M. Vorontsov, First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union, Anthony Lake, the then National Security advisor, later the head of the CIA, and Senator Claiborne Pell, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The photo was printed in US News & World Report in a piece they did on the ongoing peace talks between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. What was Geller doing in that picture? Margolis brings proof that Uri Geller was there to bombard Vorontsov ‘s mind with peaceful thoughts and brainwash him into signing the treaty.

Jayanti wrote in his essay for the Guardian that the former spies he interviewed made it clear that they would stop at nothing “in their urgent hunger for information.” The details of the NSA’s phone and internet spying as revealed by Edward Snowden has brought this fact home in a new and chilling way. Margolis’ new biography of Uri Geller suggests that the spooks really do want to read our minds.

View a 60 minute version of Jayanti’s film here.