In this undated document (circa late ’70s / ’80s?) from the CIA’s Stargate program collection, Dr. Hal Puthoff presents a rebuttal to James Randi’s book, “The Magic of Uri Geller.” It offers a “fact sheet” to correct the misconceptions and errors put forth by Randi in his book, while shedding light on the world of the Stargate program.
James Randi, also known as “The Amazing Randi,” was a renowned magician, escape artist, and skeptic. Throughout his career, he took a strong stance against pseudoscience, paranormal claims, and frauds. One of his most famous works is “The Magic of Uri Geller,” in which Randi criticized the alleged psychic abilities of Geller, an Israeli-British performer known for his spoon-bending demonstrations.
On the other hand, Dr. Hal Puthoff is an American physicist and parapsychologist who has been involved in various classified research programs, including the CIA’s Stargate program. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and has made significant contributions to the field of remote viewing.
The Stargate program was a top-secret CIA project that aimed to investigate and harness psychic phenomena for intelligence-gathering purposes. Launched in the 1970s, the program explored the potential of remote viewing, a purported psychic ability to perceive information from distant locations without the use of the five traditional senses. Although the program was officially terminated in 1995, its legacy remains a topic of interest and intrigue.
In the document available below, Dr. Puthoff meticulously addresses each of Randi’s arguments against Geller’s psychic abilities, providing counter-evidence and insights. The fact sheet aims to set the record straight and reveal the truth behind the claims and counterclaims that surround Uri Geller’s abilities.