By Natalie Slater
March 10, 2010
A Woodley teenager who is convinced Michael Jackson is still alive has quizzed spoon-bender Uri Geller about his theory.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Pickering has documented his conspiracy theory on YouTube gathering a massive following and has even persuaded Uri his old friend MJ might still be alive.
Uri invited Tom to his Sonning home to discuss the theory and has admitted there is some ‘compelling evidence’ to suggest the King of Pop did not actually die.
Standing on the exact spot where the music legend stood for the renewal of Uri’s wedding vows in 2001, Uri said: “I am 99.5 per cent sure he is dead, but there is that slim chance.”
Tom, a former Waingels School pupil who is currently working as a volunteer for Age Concern, first had his suspicions aroused when he heard the King of Pop had died from a cardiac arrest but had been showing a “weak pulse”.
He said: “It didn’t seem to add up because that is not the kind of thing you associate with a cardiac arrest and when I started to look into it, there were other people thinking the same thing.
“I was never a huge fan of Michael Jackson although I always appreciated his music but the circumstances surrounding his death seem too suspicious.
“If you listen to This Is It backwards, it refers to how he wants to leave the world but he is still alive. It is a clear message.
“On the day he died, LAX airport was closed for some reason and only one flight left to Mexico and there is no information on that flight or where it landed so maybe he is in Mexico, or maybe he is in Las Vegas or maybe he is in the UK somewhere.
“I know people may think my theory is a bit crazy but the videos I have made have collected a total of one million views and I am getting 100 to 150 emails a day in support of the theory.
“My parents were a bit sceptical at first but I have managed to convince them, and my brother and sister and we now all think that he is still alive and has just escaped to get away from the media.”
Tom’s videos pick out a character standing around when the ambulance is reportedly taking away Michael Jackson’s body. He claims this loiterer is the legend himself.
Known as PianoGames on the internet video site, he has been interviewed on American radio over his theories and is continuing to make new videos as more evidence emerges.
Uri said: “Tom has some very interesting viewpoints and some of the evidence is very compelling but there are always conspiracy theories around legends like Michael.
“If he is still alive, he knows that we will always be friends and he is always welcome at my home if he wanted. We may not have been in contact too much before he died but I was really touched to hear Michael had tried to contact me just before he died but I was away travelling and never managed to get back to him.”
To consider Tom’s theories for yourself visit www.jackzone.viviti.com.