This society recently celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding a special spoon-bending event in Wichita. Members from 32 countries came to the occasion and took part in the annual bending contest. Not one of them was able to bend a spoon in the allotted time period.

Some competitors used the stroking method and rubbed their fingers on the neck of the spoon while others placed the spoon on a hard surface and attempted to manipulate it by direct thoughts. One security guard watching the event on closed-circuit television reported that his house keys had become bent during the session, but there was no way of knowing who was responsible for this.

At the annual dinner, the diners have to eat their meal with cutlery specially bent for the occasion by Uri Geller himself. The astonishing thing is that all the spoons, forks, knives, and chopsticks are bent in different ways: each has an individual appearance quite unlike any of the others.

Sandra McBryde of UGS hopes that one day, one member can follow the example of Uri Geller and bend a spoon with their mind alone: “We sure do hope it can be done, just to provide inspiration for everyone else. People do become disconsolate when things don’t work when they’re trying so hard, but it’s not something that can be forced, it has to come naturally. Uri says we have to be patient and don’t try too hard as that will block the forces from appearing.”

Extract from the book – 40 Strange Groups