By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 01, 2001 10:00 AM

Psychic spoon-bender Uri Geller, a close friend of the Gloved One, is claiming that Sony Music removed religious words and symbols from a picture he drew for Michael Jackson’s new album, “Invincible,” reports Reuters. Geller, a former Israeli paratrooper famous for using mysterious mental powers to bend spoons, told the news service that the record company had deleted the words “God,” “Jerusalem,” “USA” and “Angel 2000” and had replaced a Star of David with a pentagram. “Invincible,” released this past Tuesday (and earning respectful but not enthusiastic reviews), is Jackson’s first album containing all-new material since his 1991 “Dangerous.” “The sensitivity of not wanting any religious symbols in my drawing I found quite extraordinary, because God is universal,” said Geller. “I went along with it because I understood that one of the removed items is a very Jewish symbol, and Michael is an international pop star, but I never did understand why the creator’s name was eliminated.” Sony Music could not be immediately reached for comment. Geller, who drew the detailed black-and-white illustration on a napkin in Jackson’s New York hotel room last year, says that Sony technicians in Los Angeles had spent two days using a computer to scan the picture for hidden words in case he had written anything obscene. However, the Hebrew letter Shin, used to symbolize God, was left in the picture. “They didn’t know what that was,” he said.