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The Secret Life of Uri Geller: CIA Masterspy? par [Margolis, Jonathan]
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"Regardless of where the truth lies, Uri Geller is one of the most fascinating people of all time and has created a great debate. THE SECRET LIFE OF URI GELLER is such a great book and really brought some new things to light about the importance of Geller and how the government looked at him and utilized him."
- (November 20, 2013)

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For over 60 years, spanning from his childhood to the Cold War to the current day, former Israeli paratrooper and Six Day War veteran Uri Geller has been a major enigma. Is he merely one of the most convincing stage magicians in history, a multimillionaire entertainer, courted by presidents and rock stars? Or is the now 67 year-old UK resident the possessor of genuine paranormal powers, which have not only been tested and verified by the most demanding scientific laboratories in the US, but employed by the US and other western powers in secret operations?

In July, a sensational new BBC2 documentary by Oscar-winning director Vikram Jayanti aired, bringing to light the most convincing testimony ever heard much from retired CIA chiefs - that Geller, alongside being one of the most famous people in the world in his day, was, as late as post-9/11, operated as a psychic spy for the US military spymasters and those of other governments. But the revelations in the BBC film are merely the tip of the spooky iceberg according to FT and Observer technology writer Jonathan Margolis, who wrote Geller's biography in the late 1990s. Much weirder, scientist-documented paranormal phenomena manifested around Uri Geller in secret US government facilities throughout the 1970s and 80s.

In The Secret Life of Uri Geller, the always sceptical Margolis tells the full story of how a poor boy from a broken family in the back streets of Tel Aviv went from being a playground sensation whom friends recall as baffling hapless teachers with his strange powers, to a bizarre player in the Cold War superpower mind games of the 1970s, later reactivated for the war on terrorism in this century.

To those who remember Geller in his heyday to younger people who have barely heard of him, it is one of the strangest true stories ever told.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved the Secret Life. 28 octobre 2013
Par Joseph Curcillo - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
My first observation is that any person would be lucky to have the likes of Jonathan Margolis craft a biography of his life. Then, when he is provided an assortment of paints as vibrant as Uri Geller, his ability to paint a canvas knows no limits. Secret Life is a very easy read, but it provides rational detailed coherent arguments to explain the mysteries that have defined Geller's life.

From the experiences of his youth to the SRI labs to the world stage, people have watched Geller's life like an open book. This current book contains everything that was between the lines of that open book. The message that most touched me was the recipe for success through perseverance, commitment and an uncanny knack for publicity.

I found the story to be a fascinating. By way of third party support, interviews and documentation, it is a wonderful tale of the mystique of Uri Geller.

When one tells his own story, he is arrogant. When another tells the story, he is on payroll. Allowing the words of many others to share their "version" of your story is phenomenal. At a minimum, it is ingenious; at best, legendary.

Having first seen Geller on the Mike Douglas Show (or was it Carson?), and following him through today, I believe the fascination that is synonymous with his persona is greatly enhanced by the secret door unlocked in Margolis' writing.

I should note that 40 years after reading Puharich's Uri, I am relieved to learn that parts of the book were disturbing to Uri. I have always remembered that I classified much of the book as fantastically puzzling or creative fiction. In Secret Life, Margolis explains Puharich with great diplomacy and appropriate respect.

Uri Geller chose wisely by selecting a biographer who clearly understands him at his core.

I was fascinated by the chapters of his life that were unknown to me and most others. Even with foreknowledge from stories I once heard from Marcello Truzzi, the episodes shared in this biography kept my attention by filling in many details I found enjoyable. Details that will - i believe - add to his legend.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A remarkable book about a remarkable man. Prepare to be amazed. 12 janvier 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Over the years Uri Geller has had many detractors. The odd thing is, many of those – scientists, politicians and those practising magic and mentalism - who started off regarding him as a fake or a fool have actually met him, and as a result have become close personal friends who now hold him in the highest esteem. Odd that, don’t you think? Meanwhile, those who make no secret of actually holding hate for the man have painted themselves into a corner. And this book is not going to help their case.

Written in a clear, non-hero worshipping style by a battle-hardened journalist, (just look at his CV) it uncovers some remarkable stories, many gleamed from recently unclassified documents from the Intelligence Community. It makes for absolutely fascinating reading.

There’s no showbiz flash and panache; just facts and figures. Quotes and photographs. One small example of the man’s influence is the key role – publicly acknowledged by other participants – he played in cementing a working agreement between the Israeli and Palestinian versions of the Red Cross, allowing them free passage of medics and ambulances through each other’s areas, including fast-tracking through checkpoints and roadblocks.

A remarkable account, by key figures in the Intelligence Community, who can now speak openly of the experiments and studies of Geller’s talents. It’s a book that is easy to read, yet packed full of interviews, facts and figures that never fail to astound and amaze.

The BBC produced a documentary that had those who saw it discussing it for days afterwards: that programme was just the tip of the iceberg. Here you get the story straight from the documents, the studies and all delivered in a no-nonsense writing style.

If you open this book thinking you know Uri Geller, you’re going to finish it with your mind changed. Highly recommended, both as a riveting read and a mind-changer. Definitely deserves a wider audience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Geller as Spy 28 octobre 2013
Par A Reader in the WV - Publié sur
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Jonathan Margolis adds a new book to the legend of Uri Geller. The Secret Life of Uri Geller focuses on Geller's CIA, Mossad and possibly other government and military connections. Part of the book is based on declassified documents from the CIA and scientists who worked with Geller in the US. It appears that those involved and with first hand knowledge of the scientific tests Geller was put through proclaim him the "real deal." Secret missions are alluded to and it all makes for thought provoking reading.

The latter part of the book is a recap of Geller's life from seeing the bright light in the garden to his early entertainment appearances in Israel, to his trips to Germany, the US and the sensation he created on the Dimbleby BBC television program in the UK up to his recent string of television series aired around the world looking for his successor.

Margolis wrote a much more thorough book on Geller -- Uri Geller Magician or Mystic but much of this spy material was not included in that volume.

I admit, I am a fan of Geller's. I find him a fascinating character, a true living legend. He seems so upbeat and positive and he looks fantastic! After more than 40 years in the public eye he can still captivate, amaze, entertain and mystify.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Most Important Stories of Our Time 30 octobre 2014
Par Marc Seifer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The Uri Geller story is not an easy one to tell, and Jonathan Margolis does an excellent job. In fact, when you really think about it, he's done a mind blowing job!

Margolis had already written a biography on Uri, URI GELLER: MAGICIAN or MYSTIC? and it is certainly understandable that there would be some repetition. But Margolis does indeed include a lot of new information particularly in regards to Uri's link to the CIA. And that is a real an eye-opener!

As it turns out, Targ & Puthoff and their work at SRI studying Geller in the early 1970's under very strict protocols was being funded by the CIA. According to the story they (the CIA) were not upset with the disinformation concerning Geller because it helped them, in a sense, protect their cover. So what we have is a bifurcated situation whereby those in the know realize that Uri Geller's abilities are real, while at the same time there are
a whole host of naysayers who claim he's a fraud.

Many moons ago, when I interviewed Ingo Swann, another superpsychic who worked for the CIA in remote viewing experiments, he told me that, in fact, the CIA was actually funding the skeptical groups to achieve this very end, namely to cloak their real work.

When you really get into studying the amazing abilities of Uri Geller, as the book points out, you enter a minefield because Uri doesn't just read minds and bend keys and spoons, he also is somehow responsible for objects appearing and disappearing, that is to say teleporting, and Margolis gives many examples involving many VIPs. That is perhaps the most disturbing element to this book, because if we really study the abilities of a superpsychic we enter a world ultimately so bizarre that it becomes truly incomprehensible, and in that sense, very disturbing because this ultimate "reality" threatens the "reality" that all of us accept as the norm. That is why John Hasted's wife began to freak out when teleportation was taking place in their house when Geller was around. Hasted was chairman of the Department of Experimental Physics as Birbeck College. It is also why Arthur C. Clark totally reversed himself, first believing that he saw Uri psychokinetically bend his key (in the presence of others such as Arthur Koestler). The "real" world Clark had lived in was threatened. Rather than adhere to the possibility of a wider view of reality, he retreated.

My one major criticism with the book has to do with Margolis's description of Andrija Puharich, a scientist I knew rather well. Margolis can't have it both ways. He can't criticize Puharich's insistence on an extraterrestrial link responsible for Uri's abilities, and in that sense denigrate Puharich's watershed biography of this amazing man, and then do essentially the very same thing himself!

Margolis also makes the mistake of stating that Puharich was a Serb. He wasn't. He was Croatian which to this group of people is a huge difference. Puharich was also in no way shape or form involved in disinformation which Margolis suggests towards the end of the book. Quite the opposite. Puharich's writings are filled with theories of how to explain psychic phenomena (e.g., see BEYOND TELEPATHY). In fact, the CIA tried to control Puharich's output but they were unable to. What Andrija told me with regards to this situation, was that he felt like he was sitting in the dentist's chair but he had his hands around the dentist's testicles.

Margolis touches on some theories as to how Geller psychokinetically bends metal, but this part of the book is very slight. For a more in-depth discussion of the theoretical implications I suggest my own book TRANSCENDING THE SPEED OF LIGHT whereby I discuss a clear theory which suggests that Geller's mind is interfering with what traditional physicists call the Higgs boson, the particle that gives matter its mass. In reality, the Higgs boson is not a particle at all, but rather a process of ether absorption by elementary particles. This theory, derived from Tesla's Dynamic Theory of Gravity is linked to Einstein's dream of Grand Unification, namely a way to unite Gravity with Electromagnetism. The idea is, simply, that matter (elementary particles such as electrons and protons) are absorbing ether all the time (Gravity/Higgs Boson) and converting that influx through particle spin into Electromagnetism (Grand Unification). So, in the case of Geller's metal bending, if his mind is interfering with this process of ether absorption by the elementary particles in the key or spoon, the integrity of the metal is diminished and the object begins to bend. This theory also explains why some of these keys bend upwards against gravity, if indeed Geller is blocking this ongoing process. Psychokinesis is an extreme case, but the fact of the matter is, every time we have a thought that involves physical action, we involve, in a sense, mind over matter. I have a thought to pick up a pen. That thought in the mind must be converted into physical action, so a mental process does indeed interact with atoms in the physical world all the time. PK is apparently an advanced extension of this everyday process. The point here is that instead of spending time trying to call Geller a fraud, scientists would be better served to accept that psychic phenomena exists and take the next step to try and figure out what is really occurring.

Uri Geller's very presence on our planet at this time certainly brings to mind the biggest questions that face us. What are humans? How did consciousness arise? What are the religious implications? And are we being monitored or "nudged" by some higher intelligent presence? No matter what the answers to these heady questions are, one thing is for certain for me. No matter what has occurred around Uri Geller, e.g., telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation, these events must follow Natural Law. With that premise and with an open mind, our understanding of the true nature of reality, the fundamental structure of space and the role of consciousness in the space/time continuum will advance accordingly. New vistas will open up and we will gain yet a greater understanding of the true mystery of our being.

THE SECRET LIFE OF URI GELLER is an excellent text not to be missed! There is no more bizarre story or our time than that of the life and accomplishments and genius of Uri Geller.

Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D., has known and worked with Uri Geller for almost 40 years. Uri has written the introduction to Dr. Seifer's book WHERE DOES MIND END? For a complete discussion of potentially how Uri Geller's mind interacts with matter see TRANSCENDING THE SPEED OF LIGHT: CONSCIOUSNESS & QUANTUM PHYSICS by Marc J. Seifer.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Book of Knowledge 15 décembre 2013
Par Enrico - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is odd. I purchased the Kindle edition but now that I am writing a review it appears it is only available in paperback. For some reason the British Amazon product detail has a different page count. I also purchased and read the Kindle version of a previous book by Jonathan Margolis about Uri. I had asked Uri about something I learned in the "Staya Erusa - The Book of Knowledge" DVD (2007) and he told me that he could not comment on the content. He recommended I get a copy of this book and I believe that now I understand what he was trying to tell me. This book is incredibly interesting with intricate and detailed information about many aspects of his life so far. Uri and I are from the same generation as we are only two years apart in age. Uri Geller is a constant inspiration to me with his boundless energy and enthusiasm, and with the author's meticulous attention to details, any reader being honest with himself, would come to the realization that the information in the book VALIDATES and VERIFIES all the "paranormal" aspects of Uri's unique life story! I just thought I should add that this second book on Uri by Jonathan Margolis for me confirms what I have always known that Uri is the real deal! After you read this book you should really get Mr. Margolis' first book about Uri, "Uri Geller, Magician or Mystic". It provides what I consider as the first volume about Uri's life. The two volumes really complement each other.
I believe there will be much more to be written in the future.
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