Uri Geller gets into the Malaysia Airlines act (and now a shaman!)

UPDATE: The New York Daily News has revealed that the Malaysian government has now recruited witch doctors to help find the missing plane.

Ibrahim Mat Zin, also known as the Raja Bomoh Sedunia Nujum VIP, led a spectacle of sorts on Monday when he performed bomoh, or shaman, rituals at the international airport, in full view of dozens of reporters from around the world who’ve descended on the Malaysian capital since the plane disappeared Saturday on its way to Beijing.

The performance was reportedly requested by government members, according to the South China Morning Post.

Here’s the shaman bashing his coconuts together at the airport:




From US vs th3m:

GellerHere’s his full message from the twitpic site:

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The important question is “Who asked him to help?” If it’s the government of Malaysia, which has been pretty ham-handed in this whole affair, they’re even more incompetent than I thought.

Is Geller really still around? Happily, he has a mere 7,540 followers on Twi**er, implying that the mighty have fallen.


  1. Kevin Alexander
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    AFAIK Geller’s been dead for some time. He just hasn’t remotely ‘seen’ it yet.

  2. Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Why don’t we ask him to swim there to point out the exact spot?
    He was probably asked to help by one of the voices in his head. The one that’s interested in self-promotion 🙂

  3. quiscalus
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    that’s what I call putting the TWIT in twitpic.

  4. NoAstronomer
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    If he has been asked to help (which I doubt) then it’s probably so he can suggest some likely search areas.

    Which the investigators can then safely cross off their list.


  5. Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    b-b-but… he BELIEVES in remote viewing. That should count for something, surely.

    • gravityfly
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:07 am | Permalink

      Yes, I’m glad he emphasized that part. Because, you know…with belief, anything is possible…

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

        with belief, anything is possible…

        Even being wrong?

  6. Yonat
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    No, Geller is definitely still alive. Fortunately, nobody pays much attention to him today.
    Until I see a clear proof that he was indeed asked by someone, I will not believe it. Not that I think the Malaysian government is above this (I hope they are, but I really don’t know), it’s just that Geller has done that before. He has a lot of stories about how he was asked by the Israeli government to help in a war effort, or find oil, or whatever. None of it was ever supported by anyone other than himself.

  7. Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    If enough people “help,” then someone is bound to identify the correct spot, thus proving “remote viewing” works. My “sight” tells me it’s at 89.99999999 deg E, 3.1415926535 deg N. Another prediction: If that’s right, nobody will believe me when I say I just pulled that location out of thin air.

  8. gravityfly
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    He didn’t help Michael Jackson much, did he?

  9. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    ….it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

  10. gbjames
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Great. When they find a mashed up wreckage somewhere will Uri be held responsible for bending it out of shape?

  11. Sastra
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    My weekly tea group discussed the Malaysian plane a couple of days ago. Someone seriously advanced her “theory”: the plane had been abducted by space aliens. A couple others chimed in approvingly, bringing up possible scenarios and motivations and claiming that there is just too much evidence that we’re being visited by UFOs (experienced pilots have seen their ships!) to rule Space Alien Abduction Theory out.

    At least this is falsifiable, I said. When they find the plane, then the theory is obviously wrong.

    But of course, even then they can jiggle around the facts. If they hear about Uri Geller, then this is plausible too … because remote viewing is real.

    • microraptor
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      Over the years, whenever someone tries to claim that aliens were responsible for a plane disappearing, I propose the counter-theory that the plane’s disappearance was due to colliding with a sperm whale and a pot of petunias. Then I counter all their reasons for why that couldn’t possibly be true with the same arguments they use to counter arguments why it couldn’t have been aliens.

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    One of the ingenious things about Stephen King’s novel “The Dead Zone” is that it shows that if someone !*really*! had psychic abilities, things would work out differently. They would be hounded and completely lose their privacy and it would generally turn their life into a nightmare.

    • arizonajones
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      This is also the premise of a 1980 film entitled “Resurrection”, starring Ellen
      Burstyn, in which a woman accidentally discovers she has healing powers, and then
      must deal with consequences when news of her
      abilities is learned by the public, and spreads like wildfire. Ms Burstyn is worth watching.

  13. gravityfly
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Shamans??? You must be kidding!

  14. John Rhino
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    If Geller gets enough replies one of them, just maybe, could be spot on.
    No doubt he will not release the rest.

  15. jim
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    When he’s not working for the CIA as their foremost physic secret agent or discovering downed aircraft, he can be sometimes found in the UK on the qvc channel trying to offload some very cheap looking jewlery,which of coarse have added mystical properties cast upon them by Mr spoonbender.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Well, maybe it’s not lying in the gutter begging for nickels, but it’s not far off. I find that a most satisfying bit of news. I am a nasty uncharitable person.

      The best one can say for Mr Geller is that he didn’t persuade people to forego proper medical treatment in favour of woo, so far as I recall.

  16. Kevin
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I predict that when the wreckage is found, Geller will claim success in remote viewing. Because he’ll claim that the plane went down “near water”.


  17. Barry Lyons
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding me.

    I can’t believe this joker is still around doing his stupid thing. Wow.

  18. Richard C
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    The use of the passive “have been asked” by a psychic con artist means you can safely rule out anyone of any importance. So no, Malaysia did not ask him for help.

    Maybe he mind-heard someone asking him for help, psychically. He does believe in remote viewing so maybe he also has remote hearing?

  19. Grania Spingies
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    It makes me sad.
    What the families of the victims of this tragedy need is answers. What they get is a bunch of clowns and charlatans, and apparently clowns sanctioned by the government. Shameful behavior from “leaders” who have decided to opt for a bread and circuses approach instead of doing something useful.

  20. Diane G.
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    “Here’s the shaman bashing his coconuts together…”

    I LOL-ed.

    “Is Geller really still around?”

    Exactly my reaction on seeing this post title in my inbox!

  21. Posted March 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Desperation will almost inevitably turn to various psychics and magicians in such tragic circumstances, including for finding missing children.

    I saw two days ago the witch doctors who performed with many “Allah oh Akbar” chants:

  22. teacupoftheapocalypse
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Geller seems to be living in semi-retirement in an “unusual” village in Berkshire, where, last year, he was unable to solve the mystery of the Post Box in the Middle of the Bridge:


  23. Kevin
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Geller might want to consider that time is not (statistically on his side) if he wants to claim that he may find it fast. On the other hand, if he needs time to make multiple guesses, he might get it as this may be a long time on the missing list:

    This is from a thread on Charlie’s Diary (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/03/circumstantial-connections.html) [note reverse order]:

    Here’s a look at some recent crashes and how long it took to recover the two parts of the black box, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR).
    Asiana Air 991 – Jul 28, 2011
    FDR: never found
    CVR: never found
    Air France 447 – Jun 1, 2009
    FDR: 1 year 11 months
    CVR: 1 year 11 months 2 days
    Adam Air KI 574 – Jan. 1, 2007
    FDR: 7 months 27 days
    CVR: 7 months 28 days
    Gol Airlines 190 – Sept. 29, 2006
    FDR: 3 days
    CVR: 26 days
    Armavia Air 967 – May 3, 2006
    FDR: 20 days
    CVR: 19 days
    Flash Airlines 504 – Jan. 3, 2004
    FDR: 14 days
    CVR: 15 days

  24. Marella
    Posted March 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    “Remote viewing”, well duh, we’ve had satellites for decades and these days they can see practically everything! I don’t think Uri works for NASA or the military so he won’t be of any use though.

  25. mattpenfold
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Last I heard of Geller was that he was trying to help Exeter City (a football in the lower English divisions). They got relegated.

    • mattpenfold
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 4:58 am | Permalink

      er, Football team!

  26. marvol19
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    The people that need to follow Geller on Twitter are the unenlightened few.

    The many more True Initiated are in constant contact with Geller via telepathy, and don’t need such crude instruments as Twitter.

    Hence his low Twitter follow count.

  27. Filippo
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the NSA knows where the plane is.

    • W.Benson
      Posted March 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      NSA doesn’t know where the toilet paper is,usless it is yours.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted March 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

        But is the paper ‘under’ or ‘over’?

        • Filippo
          Posted March 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

          And how many ply? And are they reading this?

  28. W.Benson
    Posted March 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Four days ago I posted the following prophecy (item 15) on “More ‘miracles’ for the Malasian Jet” here on WEIT: “Maybe a skyjacking: turn of[f] the electronic[s] and fly low to a hidden field in the backlands of SW China.”
    If Malaysia wants to hire a real woowoo, voodoo, witch doctor, I’m the one.

    • W.Benson
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Now that the MH 370 task force is looking for the missing plane in the south Indian Ocean, in China and, if Rupert Murdoch gets his way, in the goat pastures of Pakistan, I wish to update my “prophecy” in a completely different direction based on new data.

      The investigation now suggests that the hijacker may have been a suicidal pilot with the Geller-Earhart syndrome: become famous by provoking a ghastly mystery in which you and an improbably large and valuable object disappear without a trace. If this is the case, the perpetrator’s (-ors’) task was to find a way to make a 777 disappear without having wreckage turn up later in some remote jungle or frigid shore.

      If you were a crazy pilot, how would YOU make the 777 you command disappear definitively? I hypothesize that one of the pilots, after decompressing the plane to asphyxiate all aboard (documented altitude change, no passenger cell-phone calls), may have flown along the west the coast of Sumatra until first light (to get rid fuel) and then steered the plane into the crater of one of Sumatra’s inaccessible active volcanoes. It is something that could be tested and practiced on a flight simulator. The crash would be recorded as an insignificant seismic event. Smoke would raise no suspicion, and heat and possibly magma would consume everything, perhaps almost immediately.

      Any other possibilities under a Geller-Earhart scenario?

      [Although my comment is only marginally OT, I do think it is important to register since it seems to be unexplored (google gives no hits for MH370 volcano Sumatra) and could be helpful to someone, and may be tested against the final outcome of this tragedy.]

  29. JBlilie
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Malaysia is a wonderful place to visit (beautiful, friendly people, great food, lovely countryside); but it is an officially Muslim country, which brings a certain set of tomfoolery.

    Like Egypt, I imagine they will claim that the pilot(s) did not commit suicide. (It looks to me now, given the limited information that this was a pilot .)

    Much like Egypt Air 990, which was a suicide/homicide. Close colleagues of mine evaluated the FDR and CVR data told me definitively that it was. The Egyptian governemt continues to deny this because, as my friends were told, “Muslims do not commit suicide.” And like Silk Air 185.

    White wash, obfuscation, lies.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      But then why do it, if you’re not making some sort of statement?

      • JBlilie
        Posted March 19, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        They were making the same statement as any suicide — I can’t take it anymore.

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