Kadabra set to return to Pokémon TCG in June 2023
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Kadabra has been missing from the Pokémon TCG for a couple decades now, due to an ongoing legal issue with illusionist Uri Geller. Geller originally claimed that The Pokémon Company used his likeness for Kadabra without permission, scaring them off printing any cards with that particular Pokémon. However, as of last year he’s come around, stating that there are no longer any legal problems on his end.
Now, it seems that Kadabra is finally making his return to the game as part of the upcoming “Pokémon Card 151” set. According to the set’s official sell sheet, an Alakazam ex card is included. This is significant because by the rules of the game, a Kadabra card would be required in order to play said Alakazam. We may not have official confirmation of the set’s full contents just yet, but this is pretty strong evidence that Kadabra will indeed be featured.
Speaking to Pokémon fan site PokéBeach on the subject, Uri Geller made the following statement:
“Hi my dear friends. I am pleased Pokemon fans are excited to see Kadabra return to the card game. Look, I want to thank the Pokemon fans who reached out to me over the last [few] years. Including the ones from PokeBeach, who kept contacting me nonstop. So basically, it was you and my granddaughters that got me to change my mind. Now we can all see Kadabra reunited with the original Pokemon in the card game this summer. I love you all. And I admit, totally open and honest. I was a fool. It was a devastating mistake for me to sue Pokemon. [Kadabra] was basically a tribute to Uri Geller. But it’s back now. Forgive me. I love you all. Much love and energy.”