Following close to 2 decades, the magician and illusionist Uri Geller has provided permission to Nintendo to use Kadabra on their Pokémon cards again.
Uri Geller is most famously known for his mind bending spoons trick and back in 2000, he filed a lawsuit with Nintendo demanding that Kadabra be removed from Pokémon cards based on the similarity of both Kadabra’s spoons in addition to the Japanese name to his own.
In Japanese, the word Kadabra is written in variations that are similar to the name Geller with spellings such as Yungeller and Yungerer. At present, following a 17-year hiatus of the Kadabra card, the illusionist has changed his mind.
Geller posted a message on Twitter that featured a screenshot of an article stating his giving permission to Nintendo to use Kadabra captioned:
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.
It will probably be one of the rarest cards now! Much energy and love to all!https://t.co/Rv1aJFlIKS pic.twitter.com/5zDMX5S8WA
— Uri Geller (@TheUriGeller) November 28, 2020
He also explained his decision further stating that “due to the tremendous volume of emails I am still getting begging me to allow Nintendo to bring back Kadabra/Yungeller, I sent […] a letter to the chairman of Nintendo giving them permission to relaunch the Uri Geller Kadabra/Yungeller worldwide.”
He also stated that his letter was then obtained by “2 Nintendo representatives”. That being said, Nintendo has the choice of whether or not to bring back Kadabra to the realm of Pokémon trading cards.
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