Geller Update

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Thu, 24 Mar 94 01:07 EST

On March 17, 1994, Federal Judge Ungaro ruled on her own motion to dismiss
with prejudice the case Geller v. Prometheus Books and Victor J. Stenger and
to assess sanctions against Geller for attorneys' fees of the defendants
subsequent to April 12, 1993. These sanctions add to the previously-imposed
$49,148.82 which were not paid as ordered.

The London Evening Standard did a big spread on Geller in their March 2, 1994
issue, complete with color pictures of him and his family in their 6-acre
Thames-side estate. "The family home, in a quiet village, lies beyond a set
of electronically controlled gates watched over by security cameras. With its
soaring white columns and porticoed entrance, it resembles a cross between a
Deep South Mansion and the White House." And, "The mansion has 16 rooms, nine
of which are bedrooms. An oriental theme predominates and several of the
walls display the abstract, semi-surrealist canvasses he paints. Uri's mother
has a self-contained flat of her own and in a nearby cottage on the estate
lives Hanna's [Uri's wife's] brother Shipi, who is Geller's business manager
and right-hand man. . . . The gardener and his wife live in another cottage
. . . There's a swimming-pool and tennis court and recently Geller had a
Japanese water garden designed with traditional red-wooden bridge crossing a
narrow stream."

The article is headlined "Bending to life's little luxuries" and does not
really explain how Uri amassed his apparent fortune. In fact, the reporter
is a bit incredulous: "All this from a psychic gift? All because he can
stroke a piece of metal with a long, bony finger and watch it bend?"

The article also mentions that British film director Ken Russell is currently
shooting a movie in Israel based on Geller's life. Terrance Stamp is starring
as a "a scientist detailed to root out the truth."