Man Returns Book About Himself to Library After 47 Years

Uri Geller can bend spoons with his mind, but he can’t use it to remember overdue library books! Even if that book is about himself and the CIA.

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Self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller recently found himself in the possession of a library book 47 years overdue. In 1977, Geller borrowed The Geller Papers by Charles Panati, a book about himself, from a Los Angeles Public Library and forgot to return it. Geller unknowingly took the book with him during his travels. He packed it back in California and accidentally carried it to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, London, and Israel.

Psychic Uri Geller

Geller left Israel in 1972 to participate in experiments by the CIA to prove his psychic powers. The CIA spoke on Geller’s success during the experiments and said he “demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner.” The Geller Papers was written a year after the experiments and released to much controversy and skepticism. After the book was published, authors, physicists, magicians, and critics claimed Geller had tricked Charles Panati into writing the book because every psychic power Geller demonstrated could be replicated.

Book cover of The Geller Papers with a yellow tinted background. The title The Geller Papers Scientific observations on the paranormal powers of Uri Geller is in the center.

Now, forty-eight years later, Geller has stumbled upon the book in storage containers and noticed the book didn’t belong to him but to the Los Angeles Public Library. It was a blast from the past, and luckily, Geller’s daughter, Natalie Geller Kaldes, lives near Los Angeles with her family. Geller shipped the book to his daughter, and she returned it. She was surprised when there was no fine for the overdue book. The Los Angeles Public Library added the book to its catalog in 1977, but it was later withdrawn and is no longer available.

Uri Geller bends a spoon in public to prove his psychic abilities.

Luckily for Kaldes, since the library no longer has the book, they let her keep it as a memory of her father’s legacy and his forty-year-long forgetfulness. Uri Geller may have a mind that can bend spoons and predict what a person is drawing without seeing them, but he doesn’t have the memory to return his overdue library book. On the bright side, he took it with him during his travels, so that book has been around the world.

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