Magician Uri Geller is most well-known for his spoon-bending trick, which obviously inspired Pokemon Co. and Nintendo in their design for Kadabra. When Geller caught wind of Kadabra and his spoons, as well as Kadabra's Japanese names (Yungerer, Yungeller, and Yun Geller), he sued Nintendo and demanded the cards were yanked from Pokemon TCG sets. Now 20 years later, Geller has had a change of heart.
Geller took to Twitter to apologize for the whole situation, while also revealing that Nintendo now has permission to print the cards once again.
“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!”
Why bother making this move 20 years after the original dispute? According to an interview with The Gamer, Geller says the constant requests from fans for him to reverse his decision swayed him to change his mind.
“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.”