Uri Geller Is A "Huge Pokemon Fan", Allows Kadabra Cards To Be Printed Again
Uri Geller, the eccentric magician who blocked Kadabra Pokemon cards from being printed for twenty years, is now saying he's a huge fan of the series. He's even asking fellow Pokemon enthusiasts to forgive him for his error of judgement, saying that he's proud to be part of the "Pokemon family".
This comes from a new interview with Kotaku, in which Geller spoke at length about his history with Pokemon and his newfound passion for the series. Geller even sounds particularly interested in nabbing some of the cards himself – mainly because he's read that they can be sold to collectors for thousands.
"I’m a huge Pokémon fan now!" Geller says in the interview when asked if he's planning to pick up his own Kadabra card. "I’m now very happy and glad and amazed and mystified. That’s the word, mystified, that I became a part of the Pokemon family."
This is a far cry from his tone back in the early 2000s, when he was furious to discover that a Pokemon referenced his infamous spoon-bending trick. As he says in the interview, he only became aware of the situation years after the series launched, and only because some fans started referring to him by Kadabra's Japanese name, Yungeller.
"I was pretty angry at that," says Geller, recalling the moment a Japanese fan showed him the Kadabra Pokemon card. "No one had ever contacted me from Nintendo." He has since buried the hatchet with the company, and has given the Kadabra card his full endorsement.
It's curious that Nintendo stuck to the unofficial ban for so long, however, as it was just that – unofficial. Geller never actually won a lawsuit against Nintendo for the existence of the Pokemon or the card, but the legal action seemed to shake the company up enough to not take any more risks.
Over on his Twitter account, we can see that Geller is taking his induction into the "Pokemon family" incredibly seriously. In this video from Saturday, he thanks the artist who created the original Kadabra cards he took issue with, hoping that they are still working with Nintendo to this day. We can also see that Geller has built up an impressive collection himself, enjoying the Pokemon card renaissance.
Of course, after twenty years out of the game, these new Kadabra cards are likely to be highly sought after. So good luck to Geller and anyone else hoping to nab them before they sell out.
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