A lot of memorable acts passed through studio 6-B when Johnny Carson was hosting the Tonight Show. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just plain ugly, but none can measure up to the psychic Yuri Geller and his disastrous appearance on the show in 1973. He's all but forgotten now, but in the '70s Geller was a household name, and the world's most famous psychic.
Unlike other magicians and illusionists, the Israeli "psychic" insisted that all his powers were real, and even claimed they had been given to him by aliens. His signature trick was to bend spoons with nothing but the power of his mind, but he had a laundry list of other psychic "powers", including mind reading.
Amazingly, audiences around the world bought Geller's act hook, line and sinker - hey, it was the '70s after all. His performances made him a millionaire, and companies even offered him contracts to use his powers for their benefit.
One of the powers that Yuri claimed to have was "dousing," the ability to detect water and precious minerals underground. An Australian mining company was so convinced by his claims that they offered him stock in the business to detect minerals for them.
With success like that, it's no surprise that he was invited to perform his act on the Tonight Show, but Johnny Carson didn't make things easy for him.
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