|"I told him he can't do this because the world is very suspicious, I screamed at him twice, but he doesn't understand, he is a child himself."|
Listen to Murray Norton interview Uri Geller while he was in Jersey with his show. Uri Geller bends a spoon, guesses Murray’s drawing and talks about a range of subjects from Michael Jackson to I'm a celebrity get me out of here.
MN: When did you first think 'I am different to the other children around me'?
UG: I was about five years old when I was eating soup in our kitchen and as I was lifting the spoon towards my mouth it bent and broke in half.
MN: Was it difficult as child having whatever gift it is you've got, being able to have a normal childhood?
UG: Yes, I was bullied in school; most kids thought of me as a freak, some thought I was a magician.
Even growing up I came from a poor family, we struggled all the time, I went to Cyprus where I grew up, I went back to Israel into the army and we were always broke, we had no money.
MN: You've got to ask about his thoughts on Michael Jackson, you’re a friend of his, he is going through a tough time, what's your take on it?
|Uri Geller and Murray Nortons drawings|
UG: I want to make it clear that I believe Michael Jackson is innocent; he was my best man when I renewed my wedding vows. What I believe is happening now is that they are after his money, it is a big lie.
|Uri Geller spoon|
He sets himself up for these types of allegations because of his behaviour which I have told him to change. I told him he can't do this because the world is very suspicious, I screamed at him twice, but he doesn't understand, he is a child himself.
I believe he is innocent, but if God forbid I'm wrong and he isn't innocent then my belief in human nature and my own ability to judge character will be shattered to the core.
MN: Were you happy about the way they portrayed you on the reality programmes?
UG: I do these things because they are fun and riveting, but these reality shows, a big part of the celebrities that do them, do them because we walk away with hundreds of thousands of pounds for our charities. Celebrity get me out of here raised £1 million pounds for our charities.
MN: Is it tough being a dad with the perceptions and images, the spoon bending type of thing, was it tough?
UG: What is important, and I think celebrities should do, is show your children when they are young is that wealth is not important.
I took my children when they where young to Brazil, to the shanty towns with children begging.
Ever since that day I have had no problems with my children, if I buy them anything they are grateful.
Listen to the full interview by clicking on ‘Uri Geller Interview’ on the right.
You can listen to Murray interview a selection of start guests on BBC Radio Jersey between 13:15 and 17:00 Monday to Friday.
To listen to BBC Radio Jersey tune to 88.8FM, 1026MW or listen live online.