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on 14 January 1999
I found this book intriguing. James Randi slowly but surely displays all the feats performed by Uri, and exposes them for 'sleight of hand' conjuring tricks. A few other interesting facts about Mr Geller are revealed to us as well. The author uses a lively, entertaining style of writing that guarantees the reader will never be bored. I would recommend this book to anyone. I noticed that reviewers below who give the book zero stars actually make few references to the book, and ignore the hard evidence and research inside it. Where do their motives lie? And for a so called 'Journalist' to compare a book like this to "Mein Kampf" ("My struggle" - Hitler's book) just because you don't like the conclusion is not only disgusting, it also exposes shallow thought and lack of a good argument. Read this book. I think you'll enjoy it.
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on 7 December 1998
Once again, James Randi upsets the deluded by hitting them with hard logic, and raw facts. Unlike conjurers such as David Copperfield and the like, Uri actually claims genuine powers. But step by step, Randi dissects the "miracles" performed by Geller and exposes them for the tricks they really are. The reviewers above who claim Randi is just a magician with a grudge are completely missing the point. People have a right to know the truth. Read it.
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on 26 November 1998
A great read, which is badly needed with the overwhelming number of books supporting clairvoyance, psychic powers and such like. Contrary to what some might believe, Randi realises that while showing a non supernatural technique for accomplishing Geller like feats, logically this does not prove this is how Geller performs them. While he obviously believe this, he provides alternative explanations for what people witness. In the true nature of science, we must choose his, simpler hypothesis - that it is a skillful illusion, not the manifestation of unproven, untestable psychic powers.
Maybe a little rough around the edges, as Randi is not a professional writer, anyone who enjoyed "Flim Flam", would also enjoy reading this. The newly updated version is a nice improvement on the older edition.
By the way, contrary to what some reviewers believe, Randi has no need to investigate David Copperfied or skilled surgeons - they don't claim to have supernatural powers, Copperfield never seriously expects you to believe what has occured actually happened, just that he has skillfully created the illusion that it has. The surgeon uses modern medical techniques to heal people, not witchcraft. They *never* claim that they are contravening the laws of physics, unlike Geller. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.
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on 21 September 1998
Who better than James Randi? If anyone deserved to have their credibility destroyed, it's Uri Geller. Randi demonstrates exactly how Geller pulls off his cons. And contrary to the review below, Randi has won all the suits filed against him by Geller and Geller has been ordered to pay legal fees. Still Geller continues his act and millions still believe. What's that saying about a fool and his money?
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on 3 March 2016
Spoiler alert: Uri Geller is a big fat fake.
But then, any rational person knows that.

This book however, clearly and concisely explains how his tricks are done, and how people are fooled.

This would make an IDEAL gift for anyone who believes in psychic ability, telekinesis, esp amd other paranormal nonsense.

Oh and spoon bending. It's also in the book.
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on 18 August 2013
Randi's book sets out on a noble aim to debunk ideas of paranormal events as being genuine and achieves this completely with many compelling arguments and written evidence.

I did feel a little sorry for Uri who is after all deceiving only fools and people who have chosen to believe in these things. Clearly Uri is a talented performer who's efforts have made him rich and famous. Randi explains how Uri manipulated the media too. That alone must require some talent or acumen.
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on 6 February 2014
How to undertake constructive scepticism. Randi takes a part Geller's cheap tricks and claims. If you have any belief Geller is superhuman, read this and be astonished.
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on 6 February 2014
The all-time great smackdown of psychic fraud. Randi absolutely slays Geller in this thoroughly researched debunking of one of the most famous of all flim-flam artists.
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on 15 April 2016
I bought this book as in my teenage years Uri Geller was on TV a lot of the time and enthralled the world on how he managed his "spoon bending" feats. Gradually Uri slipped from view, most of us assuming he was now working on some secretive government work. Uri Geller always denied that he was some form of Magician, but a person who was the focus of higher supernatural powers. Not the viewpoint of James Randi however, who felt affronted by such untrue and dangerous claims. Randi is a professional Magician however and felt honour bound to stand up for his industry and expose Uri's deceptions which were leading people to think of him as a deity who could perform miracles. I really admire Randi's tenaciousness in gradually dismantling Uri's false claims, he did it constructively and always with great care and fairness. Read the book to see how! After reading it however, you might feel as I did - that whilst Uri Geller is no more than a Magician, he nevertheless must be one of the greatest ones the 20th Century has ever known....
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on 11 April 2016
This is a detailed assessment of the trickery and deception perpetrated by Uri Geller over the many years, when he claimed to have supernatural powers whereas all his amazing performances were conjuring tricks, sleight of hand and other deceptive practices ably assisted by his personal conspirators highlighted by the author who could easily perform all of these tricks as an experienced magician.
It shows Geller to be the arrogant self-centred illusionist that he really was and who wouldn’t admit that all of his illusions were just tricks and not attributable to his supernatural powers which he claimed he had.
When subjected to detailed scrutiny by fellow conjurors assisting the scientific observers, he failed to perform many of his tricks and instead used many excuses to avoid showing himself up.
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