Oct 01, 2014 I Tom Head

Uri Geller Weighs in on the iPhone Bending Controversy

If you remember the 70s, you probably remember Uri Geller. Geller came on the international scene claiming a wide range of psychic powers, most notably his purported ability to bend spoons using only the power of his mind. In more recent years, he has generally identified as an entertainer and distanced himself from some of his more ambitious past claims.


But when word spread that some customers had accidentally bent the frames of the iPhone 6 Plus, Geller offered his opinion:

“There are two possible explanations … Either the phone is so seriously thin and flimsy that it is bendable with mere physical force, which I cannot believe given the extensive tests Apple would have done. Or — and this is far more plausible — somehow the energy and excitement of the 10 million people who purchased iPhones has awakened their mind powers and caused the phones to bend.”

Uri Geller is undeniably right about one thing: the iPhones are durable, as a recent Consumer Reports study demonstrated. But they’re also larger and thinner than the iPhone 5, and it stands to reason that if you increase the surface area of an aluminum case while reducing its thickness, that sucker’s going to be more likely to bend than it was before.

Tom Head

Tom Head is an author or coauthor of 29 nonfiction books, columnist, scriptwriter, research paralegal, occasional hellraiser, and proud Jackson native. His book Possessions and Exorcisms (Fact or Fiction?) covers the recent demand for exorcists over the past 30 years and demonic possession.

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