Uri Geller has just given me permission to post this email from him about the skeptics. Below that I will post his public official message to the skeptics from his website.
Thanks for pointing all this out to me, but please check out my website carefully and read my MESSAGE for the SKEPTICS, I think it says it all.
Randi is the best free publicity tool for me has been for decades, I have no interest to debate skeptics, I don't care for them, luckily for me most of these people know nothing about PR and have contributed massive publicity priceless advertisement and miss information for me, which I need. You are an intelligent guy, think a little and you will understand why controversy is an important inbuilt safety device for me.
Your idea to do You Tube videos pointing out the truth is brilliant!
Much energy and love Uri
Please visit my website at http://www.UriGeller.com
I wish you plenty of good health, happiness and peace of mind. Be positive, optimistic and believe in yourself.
Much energy and love
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device"
Now here is his public official message to the skeptics from his website: (his quote from Oscar Wilde is so true and applies to me as well)
http://newsite.uri-geller.com/to_all_sk ... _thank_you
To all skeptics - a big thank you
Can you imagine how flattering it is for me to know that close to five million individuals worldwide have taken the time to view Uri Geller video clips on YouTube?
Sometimes the clips are uploaded by my fans, sometimes by my detractors. A few purport to expose me. Others go to the opposite extreme and glorify me. Several feature me on the Johnny Carson show back in the Seventies — a 35-year-old, rather boring segment where nothing happens except a spoon gets a small dent in it.
Some videos try to imply that I pulled out a magnet from my hair and slipped it on my thumb in front of six rolling cameras in order to move a compass needle. Come on! I'm not that stupid!
Five million people! That's like filling up Manchester United's stadium to full capacity 100times or more. And the time taken to watch the actual videos comes to more than 90 years — an entire lifetime!
The people who are uploading these videos on YouTube, imagining that they are exposing me, are really giving me priceless exposure. They're creating the most brilliant free publicity I could ever have, and certainly manufacturing more controversy... thus enhancing the mystery and mystique around Uri Geller.
The skeptics have been doing this for over 35 years! Wow! That's a long publicity and PR campaign — and it's all free! To calculate that in financial terms: if I had to pay for all this, I believe a Madison Avenue public relations agency would have charged me many millions of dollars over the decades. That's what the "Get Geller" bunch have supplied me with on a silver tray: FREE PUBLICITY. There is NO such thing as bad publicity (unless you are John Edwards and you're running for president).
Sceptics are a tiny minority but in today's age of the internet anything is possible, so I relish the positive impact sceptics have given my career. Yes, law suits flew which created more controversy and more publicity, and yes, lawyers got richer, but say what you will, whether you think I'm a fake or you believe I'm a miracle worker, I can assure you of one thing: I must be among the best PR gurus in the world. I've shown that I know how to reinvent myself over and over.
And now for the punch line, the knock-out if you will: the reality of the matter is that after being controversial, to say the least, for all these decades, with so many sceptics trying to debunk me, sometimes quite viciously, here is a short summary of my latest work:
My hit TV series The Successor has stormed the world with huge success and high ratings.
It has been televised so far in 11 countries, with many in line to acquire my format for 2009 and 2010.
Germany and Holland have taken the second season of The Next Uri Geller.
A&E, the American cable network, will broadcast the NBC version of my series Phenomenon in Latin America, including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico and many more South American countries.
I have six more TV specials commissioned on other topics for Germany to be distributed worldwide.
The two documentaries produced for Sky in which I explore the dark side of Venice were picked up for DVD distribution and Staya Erusa, the film I co-produced about human consciousness, is now available on DVD in dozens of languages.
My line of amazing watches and rock crystal jewellery has just had its eighth anniversary on QVC, the shopping channel, and my novel Ella is in the pre-production stages of being turned into a Hollywood movie.
Oh, and I almost forgot my 10 commercials in recent years, the latest being for Nissan Motor cars in Japan. I don't mean to brag, but you sceptics, especially the ones obsessed with Uri Geller... eat your hearts out. I'm sure some of you, in particular the one in Florida who has been announcing my demise for over 30 years, could be, just could be, spitting blood!
God bless him and God bless all the sceptics who have so diligently, for so many years, contributed priceless publicity to assist my career!
I'll give the last word to Oscar Wilde: "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."