If you keep up with Pokémon Trading Card Game (Pokémon TCG), then you’ve probably noticed a distinct lack of Kadabra cards for the past couple decades. Abra and Alakazam have continued to show up occasionally, but the evolutionary step in-between has been missing. It has to do with Kadabra’s original name in Japanese: Yungerer, a reference to illusionist Uri Geller. Even the spoon the Pokémon holds is a reference to Geller’s spoon-bending act. Nintendo and Game Freak had not sought Geller’s permission for any of this though, so Geller ultimately sued Nintendo over it and asked that creation of Kadabra cards for Pokémon TCG cease. The Pokémon Company agreed not to print more Kadabra cards, and so that is how it has been ever since — until now.
On Twitter, Uri Geller has broadcast an apology to “kids and grownups” who like Kadabra and has released his ban on Kadabra cards. Per The Gamer, Geller stated he also emailed “a letter to the chairman of Nintendo giving them permission to relaunch the Uri Geller Kadabra/Yungeller worldwide,” which was ultimately picked up by two Nintendo representatives.
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
Thus, Kadabra cards in Pokémon TCG are back, baby! Or they can be, presuming Nintendo and The Pokémon Company choose to act.