Famed British illusionist Uri Gellar recently apologized for his actions 20 years ago that resulted in the Pokémon Kadabra not being a part of the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
“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!”
Geller sued Nintendo in November 2000 over their design of Kadabra, claiming that the character was an unauthorized depiction of him. At the time, Gellar was well-known for bending spoons in his act. To make matters worse, Kadabra’s name in Japanese, Yungeller, is also a direct reference to the magician.
As a result of the lawsuit, Nintendo and Geller agreed that Kadabra would not be printed on any Pokémon cards until an agreement was reached. After 20 years, Geller has finally undone his ban.
The last time Kadabra appeared on a card was in 2003.