Illusionist Uri Geller Bends Back to Israel

Illusionist and self-proclaimed psychic tells British magazine he is coming full circle by moving from U.K. mansion to miniscule Jaffa apartment.

Uri Geller
Uri Geller with a bent spoon. Reuters

Uri Geller, the spoon-bending illusionist, is returning to Israel, and this time there's no trick, Hello! magazine has reported.

"Ever since I left Israel, in 1972, there was always a spiritual magnetic urge for me to go back," Geller, who has lived in the same mansion in England for the past 34 years, told the magazine. "I think it's like that for almost every Israeli. If you're born there, there is powerful mystical energy that gradually pulls you back. After roaming the world for 40 years, it’s time to go back to where I started."

Geller, a self-proclaimed psychic, and his wife, Hanna, will be moving into a miniscule apartment in Jaffa with a magnificent view, the magician said.

Geller said the entire flat could probably fit in his British living room, but the view makes it special. He added that he felt he was coming "full circle," growing up in poverty in Israel and living with his mother in a one-bedroom apartment.

During the interview, Geller also said he would have been happy to fly to Rio at the behest of England manager Roy Hodgson and help the soccer team's World Cup fortunes. Alas, even he can't save England, which suffered its fastest elimination in decades last week.