Spoon-Bending Magician Uri Geller Gives Nintendo Permission To Make Kadabra Pokemon Cards Again
After a 20-year legal dispute, magician and spoon-bending illusionist Uri Geller has given Nintendo permission to once again use Kadabra on Pokemon cards. The self-proclaimed psychic's dispute with Nintendo began in 2000 when he sued the company, alleging that his name and signature spoon-bending act had been stolen and used in the creation of a Pokemon that vilified him.
"I want to tell the world before the start of the holiday season that I have nothing whatsoever to do with these violent characters," Geller said in November 2000. Nintendo turned me into an evil, occult Pokemon character. Nintendo stole my identity by using my name and my signature image."
As Screen Rant noted, Geller may have had a super effective case at the time as Kadabra's Japanese name--which can be written as Yungerer, Yungeller, and Yun Geller--had a passing resemblance to his own name. Kadabra is also a Psychic-type Pokemon that is always seen clutching a spoon in every form of media that it appears in, possibly indicating at more references to the magician.
Two decades later, Geller has changed his mind and now appears to be a big fan of Kadabra. "I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago,” Geller tweeted.
I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago. Kids and grownups I am releasing the ban. It’s now all up to #Nintendo to bring my #kadabra #pokemon card back.— Uri Geller (@TheUriGeller) November 28, 2020
It will probably be one of the rarest cards now! Much energy and love to all!https://t.co/Rv1aJFlIKS pic.twitter.com/5zDMX5S8WA
Why the change of heart? Geller explained to The Gamer that Pokemon fans had continually messaged him and asked him to once again give Nintendo -- which jointly owns The Pokemon Company alongside GameFreak and Creatures--permission to use Kadabra in the Pokemon card game after 17 years. While Kadabra hasn't received a new card since 2003, its pre and post-evolutionary forms Abra and Alakazam have continued to appear in the game.
Geller said that his request was "picked up by two Nintendo representatives" although it's not known yet if Kadabra will return to the card game now that it has the magician's blessing to do so.
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