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The Secret Life of Uri Geller: CIA Masterspy? Paperback – October 15, 2013
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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."
- www.ringsidereport.com (November 20, 2013)
About the Author
Jonathan Margolis is a contributing editor for FT magazines and is a regular writer for the Observer, The Guardian, the Daily Mail, BA High Life and Esquire. He is the author of several bestselling biographies, including those of John Cleese, Michael Palin and Billy Connolly. His history of the orgasm, O, was a bestseller in twenty countries.
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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.
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.