Thursday, 06 August 2020

Uri Geller bids fond farewell to Sonning

URI GELLER says the view from his new home in Tel Aviv is somewhat different to the tranquillity of his home overlooking the River Thames at Sonning.

URI GELLER says the view from his new home in Tel Aviv is somewhat different to the tranquillity of his home overlooking the River Thames at Sonning.

The spoon-bending celebrity, 68, has returned to his native Israel after 45 years and now lives in an apartment in Old Jaffa with his wife Hanna.

He tells me: ?The view you can see is the Tel Aviv promenade so it?s not quite going to be the view I had at Sonning on the Thames over the river.

?I will miss England, the people and everyone who helped my career. But really the world today is a small village because of the internet, Facebook and Twitter.?

With two grown-up children ? their pregnant daughter Natalie lives in Los Angeles and son Daniel is in London ? the couple thought it was time to downsize.

Uri explains: ?I always had it in the back of my mind that some day I would return to my homeland and I had that urge for 45 years.

?The people of Israel made Uri Geller otherwise I wouldn?t be where I am today.

We thought ?okay, the kids have gone, the house is too big?. We thought now was the right time to go back. Sonning is the best location in the world, I can tell you that. It?s right on the river and we were living in the best house in the world and I?ve seen enough houses!?

The illusionist says the village will always hold a special place in his heart as his children attended Sonning Primary School and Reading Blue Coat School in the village.

His mother is buried at St Andrew?s Church. ?Although we?re Jewish we got permission to bury my mum here and we?ll be coming to visit,? he says.

Uri says he will miss the ?ambience and serenity? of Sonning and walks along the river. ?It?s the power of nature and the spirituality of Sonning that makes it an incredible area and location to live in,? he says.

He won?t reveal whether he has sold the large white riverside house but says he ?hasn?t touched money in 40 years?. He also says he didn?t have the chance to meet Sonning?s newest celebrity resident George Clooney before he left, but points out that the actor played him in the 2009 film The Men Who Stare At Goats.

Uri rose to fame in the Seventies when he used to collect spoons from celebrities including Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Gibb and Mick Jagger.

He says: ?I made it a policy that whenever I met a celebrity I would bend a spoon and then I would ask for their own spoon.?

He had a Cadillac covered in 3,000 spoons in the garden of his home.

He added to this with a ?throne of spoons?, based on the iron throne in Game of Thrones, earlier this year.

The specially designed seat is made out of more than 2,000 spoons, including some from Uri?s own collection of gifts from celebrities.

It was commissioned by Kellogg?s as part of a new pack promotion to send off for a free, personalised spoon. It took Uri and a team of designers two months to build.

Writing on his Facebook page, Uri wished his fans well, saying: ?May God give you all health, protect you always, create happiness and peace of mind for you.?

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