Michael's Psychic Friend

Uri Geller Speaks Candidly About Jackson

There are two things you need to know about psychic Uri Geller. One is that he can still do the spoon trick that made him famous all over the world.

The other thing you need to know is that it was Geller's signature spoon trick that made him and Michael Jackson fast friends.

"When Michael was a teenager, he read about me in American text books and school books, and I think he always wanted to meet me to see how I bend a spoon or read a mind," says Geller.

The two became such good friends that the singer accepted an invitation from the psychic to speak at Geller's favorite English soccer club.

Not too many people can get a stadium full of notoriously, belligerent English soccer fans to hold hands, but Michael Jackson apparently can. His visit provided a unique glimpse into the sort of devotion Jackson's fans still have for him.

But the footage, most of it shot by Geller and obtained by 48 Hours, also offers a view into the seeming innocence that Jackson displays about most things -- and that gets him into trouble.

Michael Jackson lives in his own world and by his own rules. And even his friends think that's a big part of his problem.

"You know, when you invite children into your bedroom overall to the society outside Neverland, or to people who don't know Michael Jackson personally, closely and intimately, that looks wrong. It is wrong," says Geller.

"I am a father. I have two children. I would never send my children to anyone's bed, not even to Michael Jackson's bed, although knowing that he won't do anything to them. But it's just not acceptable in today's day and age. It's not right."

Geller says he once sat Jackson down and read him the riot act.

"I really screamed at him. I told him, 'Michael, you've got to change your behavior," says Geller. "'Mainly with children, because again, although you know, you are innocent and you are doing nothing to them, it just doesn't look good. It doesn't look right.'"

He told his friend, he says, that inviting children into his bedroom would one day be his undoing. Geller now wonders whether that day has now arrived.

"And now, this is where the danger point is. This is where the whole world looks, 'Is it true,'" says Geller. "I mean, these kids are innocent and if Michael does something to them that is forbidden, then that's the pits. Then he becomes a monster, which the press are building him to be."