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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 09:06 GMT
Geller tests web bending powers
Uri Geller
Geller is urging internet users to focus their minds
Paranormal expert Uri Geller is set to test the powers of extra sensory perception (ESP) over the internet.

From Wednesday 13 March to Sunday 24 March, Geller has asked people to focus their thoughts on three mind experiments on the BBC's north east Wales website.

Click here to join the Uri Geller challenge!

As part of the Wrexham Science Festival, he has urged internet users to concentrate their minds on fixing watches or bending spoons.

Geller has said he will channel his thinking on the website tests at 11:11GMT and 23:11GMT each day.


For many years the numbers 11:11 have been mysteriously appearing to people all over the world

Entertainer Uri Geller

According to Geller, the times have been chosen because the number 11 has mystical power.

He said: "For many years the numbers 11:11 have been mysteriously appearing to people all over the world.

"Often appearing on digital clocks, the sightings of 11:11 tend to occur during times of heightened awareness, having a most powerful effect on the people involved.

"Regardless of where I will be, I will be thinking about the tests at both 11.11am and 11.11pm," he said.

Uri Geller
Geller is one of the main attractions at the festival
BBC Wales North East Producer Nick Bourne said: "Uri Geller agrees these aren't proper experiments, but they are a way for people to see for themselves whether there is something in ESP.

"By trying the tests, people will also get an opportunity to share experiences online and read what happened to others."

Uri Geller became famous as a "psychic entertainer", known for his "ability" to bend spoons and read people's minds.

'Unusual powers'

He was born in 1946 and claims when he was four years old that he had a mysterious encounter with a sphere of light while in a garden near his house, in Israel.

He first became aware of his "unusual powers" when he was five.

He claims that during a meal his spoon curled up in his hand and broke, although he had applied no physical pressure to it.

Geller is one of the main attractions of the Wrexham festival which is expected to attract over 15,000 visitors.

The event - which runs for a week and starts on 18 March - has been billed as the biggest science festival in England and Wales.


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