Icke, David (1952– )
British television presenter who was a familiar figure on
television snooker (a form of pool) contests. Icke became a sensation
when he suddenly turned visionary, promoting often bizarre
channeled revelations that were featured in his books.
Born in Leicester, England, Icke’s interest in sports began
at an early age. He became a professional goalkeeper for the
Coventry City soccer team and later for Hereford United. After
his career was thwarted by arthritis, he eventually became a
sports journalist and television presenter.
When his media career ended he was married, with two children.
He worked for a time for a travel agency, becoming familiar
with railway timetables. He was fascinated by steam trains
and planned to write a history of the steam line on the Isle of
Wight. He moved there in 1984 and championed the cause of
the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. He was also active in other
causes, notably the welfare of the handicapped. He organized
a Special Olympics for children in 1987, which he persuaded
BBC Television to film. Icke became the first president of the
Isle of Wight Special Olympics Committee, and his associates
recall his tremendous enthusiasm for that cause, which did not
last. In his later visionary period he put forward the astonishing
view that the mentally handicapped have brought their condition
upon themselves by acts in former lives.
After his enthusiasm for steam train history and the mentally
handicapped waned, Icke next entered Isle of Wight politics
through the Liberal Party (since renamed Liberal Democrats),
but suddenly dropped out, now converted to the cause of Green
party politics. This conversion, which he claims changed his
life, occurred after reading the Green party’s manifesto. This
new cause is documented in his book It Doesn’t Have To Be Like
This (1990). He also championed the Green cause on television
In 1990, while Icke was seeking relief for his arthritis from
a medium and spiritual healer, the medium channeled a message
from an entity claiming to be Chinese and to have died
800 years earlier, which stated that Icke ‘‘is a healer who is here
to heal the earth, and he will be world-famous.’’ Through another
channeler, Deborah Shaw (since known as Mari
Schawaun), he received messages from ‘‘master souls and extraterrestrials’’
named Attarre and Rakorczy claiming that the
Isle of Wight was a center point for life forces and ley lines (ancient
straight tracks on the ground) from all over the world,
that Earth was in danger of imminent destruction through geological
upheavals, and that the Christian church had perverted
Christ’s teachings by hiding the realities of karmic reincarnation.
In his book The Truth Vibrations (1991), Icke proclaimed
himself the Son of God, destined to help remedy the imbalance
of Earth’s energies and ensure the survival of the planet. The
book was disastrous to his television career, which rapidly came
to an end, and Icke was widely ridiculed for his bizarre and outlandish
beliefs. In a later book, The Robots Rebellion (1994), Icke
claimed that the controversy and criticism had served a valuable
purpose in giving him a platform from which to put forward
his views to a wider public.