A mentalist known only as Amelia had to be cut free from a tank of water after she unsuccessfully attempted an escape stunt on the German version of Uri Geller’s reality competition show. Although reported as an on-set accident by the UK’s Daily Mail online, it’s hard to tell if the blown stunt was truly a miscue or rather a cleverly played “fail” intended grab attention for the show.

After all, we remember how unscripted moments during the American version of the show (Phenomenon) came to be the most memorable elements of the series.

Without saying that these are planned out “works,” we’re just suggesting that the format might lend itself to these kind of incidents. Of course, since our comments section has been known to see the wise words of a few of the Phenomenon contestants along with some of the participants in the other international versions of the show, we would love to hear the opinions of those who actually know what they’re talking about.

  • CoinOperatedBoy

    The thing seemed to be a real accident and no publicity stunt. It seems that Amila wasn´t able to get the code correctly.

    @Gerry McCambridge: Did Manuel Horeth (another contestant) ask for your permission to perform your phonebook prediction exactly like you did on Phenonemon?

  • Friend in Florida

    Please. Jim already spilled he beans.

  • http://www.mentalist.com TheMentalist

    No one asked for my permission to perform the phone book routine. From what I heard, they used my paintball gun routine on another Uri Geller show without permission. They also used routines from my NBC TV special without permission.

    From what I understand the producers as well as Uri Geller (who ownes the show) TELLS the contestants what routines they want them to perform on the show. They encourage them to steal from previous shows.

    Uri Geller, who was one of the most creative forces in our industry by being the first to bend a spoon.

    He now ownes a show titled “The NExt Uri Geller.” Instead of looking for original, creative mentalists, he prompts them to steal from others just ti line his pockets with cash.

    Shame on you Uri. We should put you in that water tank and not cut the bolt.

  • http://www.magiciennesunlimited.com Anastasia

    Here Here!!

    ;)

  • Friend in Florida

    Please. Jim already spilled he beans.

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  • CoinOperatedBoy

    Amila: Performer
    Verena: Blonde in Dress
    Simon: Big blonde guy
    Mariella: Dark haired girl

    Amila; “The tube will be closed and locked with a combination lock. My job is to find out the combination
    before the tank is fully floated.”
    (turning to Simon)
    “This is your task: I explain to you how this lock works. You can set the code on this lock yourself.
    Right now it is the standard code 0000. Pull that little knob. Then for example we set this to 0009.
    Push the knob again and close the lock. I reset it again to 0000.”

    “Did you understand it? Or do you want me to explain it once more?”

    Simon: “Yes. But you have to look away.”

    Amila: “I will cover my eyes so I can´t see which code you set.”

    Simon: “And you really want into this “Dixie”-toilet (a mobile toilet system)?” General giggle
    “I am so excited.”

    Amila: “One moment.” turning to Verena. “Your task is to write down the code on this piece of paper.
    Then remove it, fold and and put it to your chest.”
    Turning to the rest “Can we start?”
    Turning to Mariella “Please cover my eyes…..Simon, you have a code in your mind?”

    Simon: “Do I have what?”

    Verena: “You may now.”

    Simon: “Ok. I will try this.”

    Amila: “Verena. Please write down the code.”

    Verena: turning to Simon “Before you finish, let me note it.” Pointing to the lock. “Here at the mark?”

    Amila: “Simon, are you finished?”

    Verena: “One moment.” (writing) “My hands are already shaking.” (some confused stumbling) “Ok, ready….Amila??”

    Amila: “Yes? Finished? Can I turn around?”

    Simon: “Yes.”

    Verena: “No. One sec. I have to hide the paper first.”

    Amila: “Take your time.”

    Verena: mumbling to herself “Hold this to my chest.”

    Simon: “Into your decollete.”

    Verena: “No. It´s too tight. Ok. We are ready.”

    Amila: “Thanks Mariella”. turning around “Simon and Mariella, please follow me to the other side of the tank.”

    Simon: “But you will get wet!?”

    Amila: “I will get wet.”

    Mariella: “He is looking forward to that”

    Amila: “Simon, I will get into the tank now and you will close it with the lock. First you push this lever 90° to the left.

    Simon: going to Amila. “I have to come closer.”

    Amila: “You close the tank, shift the numbers and when you put the lever back you will activate the water flow.
    You have to hurry.” turning to Mariella. “Mariella, your task is to enter the code and see if the lock opens.
    I will write it on this board…in the tank.

    Simon: “My oh my….you are doing crazy things on TV. Isn´t that dangerous?”

    Amila: “Yes…we will try.”

    Mariella: to Simon “Play Tarzan and rescue her.”

    Simon: while the tank is opened “I have a lot of responsibility here. I have to concentrate.”

    Amila: standing at the top of the tank “Please concentrate on what I just explained to you….I take full responsibility now”

    Simon: “Cannonball or header?

    Mariella: “Ssshhhh. She has to concentrate”

    Verena: to Simon “Remember. As soon as you move this lever, the water will start to flow. Hurry….the water already started”

    Simon: fumbling with the lock “Oh oh oh”

    Verena: “Stay calm. Concentrate”

    Simon: “All right. Everythings ok now.”

    Verena: “Simon, go to the other side.”

    Amila: “Put your hand on mine….now concentrate intensively on the first digit of your code.”

    Simon: “It is hard to concentrate…and not to have horny thoughts”

    Amila: “Concentrate!”

    Verena: “Does it open? Hmm, no”

    Amila: “Is it open?”

    Verena: “No Amila. Try again.”

    Amila: “Concentrate more, Simon!”

    Simon: “Ok, but I have horny thoughts”

    Verena: “Air is getting less and less”

    Verena: “Doesn´t work? It doesn´t work!

    Mariella: “Shit”

    Verena: “Doesn´t work. Doesn´t work.”

    Verena: “Open the tank! Open it!”

    Verena: “It didn´t work”

    Simon: “I really thought of that number”

    Verena: to Simon pointing to the lock “Is this the number you were thinking about?”

    Simon: “No.”

    Verena: “What: No? This is the number I wrote down.”

    Simon: “Wait a sec.”

    Verena: “Simon, you didn´t take this serious….Are you sure this is not the number I wrote down?”

    Simn: “Yeees.”

    Verena: “1932 is the number you gave me. The number I wrote down.”

    Simon: “No.” seeing the number 1963 on the board “That´s the number”

    Verena: “Exactly. And that´s the number that opens the lock”

    Simon: “Yes.”

    Verena: “Exactly.” pointing to the direction of the tank “This number is wrong” pointing to the paper “This is the number you were thinking”

    Simon: “Correct….James Bond Goldfinger 1963..no kidding…I did not screw around here”

    Verena: turning to Amila “Amila, what happened?” showing her the paper “This is the number we had.”

    Simon: “I am sorry. I may have made a silly joke here and there but James Bond Goldfinger 1963.”

    Verena: “A big hand for this death defying lady”

  • http://www.mentalist.com TheMentalist

    No one asked for my permission to perform the phone book routine. From what I heard, they used my paintball gun routine on another Uri Geller show without permission. They also used routines from my NBC TV special without permission.

    From what I understand the producers as well as Uri Geller (who ownes the show) TELLS the contestants what routines they want them to perform on the show. They encourage them to steal from previous shows.

    Uri Geller, who was one of the most creative forces in our industry by being the first to bend a spoon.

    He now ownes a show titled “The NExt Uri Geller.” Instead of looking for original, creative mentalists, he prompts them to steal from others just ti line his pockets with cash.

    Shame on you Uri. We should put you in that water tank and not cut the bolt.

  • http://www.magiciennesunlimited.com Anastasia

    Here Here!!

    ;)

  • Falko

    The paintball routine was a lttle different. They just predicted who would shoot which color and in which sequence but not where. So the hole shooting on a person thing didn't really make sense. Maybe they couldn't find out how to do the routine
    http://www.prosieben.de/show_comedy/next_uri_ge…

    The phonebook prediction was nearly exact the same, but exept that he used about 50 phonebooks (which really doesn't make a difference).
    http://www.prosieben.de/show_comedy/next_uri_ge…

    The sad thing is that those who present their own routines on the show often go early.

  • David

    I live in Germany and saw this on TV. There are only a very few people that create their own routines. Last season many mentalists on the show did the same things like on “phenomenon” , for instance the paintball routine.I had seen phenomenon so I noticed. This week there was a guy who not only did the exact routine like Criss Angel did in Season 1 (“Shadow's soul” as it is known on youtube) but he used exactly the same speech, only in german (Yes, I know, Criss Angel didn't invent the trick, but it's proof that there is no originality in this show.) There is also always one guy who communicates with the dead every week. I wish Criss Angel was here to bust him. What I recognized that the people here absolutely love those kinds of demonstrations. Last winner of this show claimed to be able to talk to persons on the other side, he communicated with a father of a girl who was in the audience and she began to cry. People voted for this guy and he won. This season is no exception.