Archive for December, 2008

WCBS-TV (NYC): WCBS-TV asks "the" mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin to share his world famous predictions of the future on Sunday, Dec. 28th at 8:45 AM. What do YOU want to know?

Check it out as The World's Foremost Mentalist shares his take on the future!

View Kreskin on WCBS-TV segment: http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=121880@wcbs.dayport.com .

The World's Foremost Mentalist, Amazing Kreskin, will steal home on New Year's Eve, December 31st at 7pm on Fox Business' "America's Nightly Scoreboard," as he discusses what may become history in the coming year. Do YOU know what the future holds? Check it out!
Kreskin at the Gemini AwardsThe Amazing Kreskin joined host Jason Priestley LIVE throughout the 23rd Gemini Awards Show; broadcast on E! Entertainment and Showcase Channel on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 8pm, throughout Canada to correctly predict the winners from specific nominated categories by reading MC, Jason Priestley’s mind live, on television! Kreskin is seen here locked in the soundproofed room located on stage but behind curtains. Two certified accountants stood by to confirm he had no visual or audio access to the program. At the end of each Gemini Awards segment, Kreskin used his unique ability to read Jason Priestley's thoughts as to who the winner was. Priestley then joined Kreskin and together they revealed Kreskin’s predictions. Correct as always!

THE MENTALIST KRESKIN AT GEMINIS, review

Posted by kreskin On December - 2 - 2008
This past week, my wife and I watched the Gemini Awards on television. The Geminis recognize the very best in Canadian broadcast television. My son works in production for the Survivorman series and they were nominated for three awards. The show was well produced with a great deal of interesting personalities on and off the stage, the red carpet, and all the goodies that you would normally expect to see in a show like this. For me, an appearance by The Amazing Kreskin stole the show. I recall being fascinated by Kreskin in my youth and we were faithful viewers of the show. His basic premise was always the same - he is a mentalist and has you sitting on the edge of your chair as he does his thing. He could always read minds, or make predictions, or somehow do that little extra something that put him above the audience and left us all in awe. He was the ultimate showman and performed his parts with such flair. Years later, he still has the flair and enthusiasm that I so fondly remember. On the show, he predicted a couple of the winners by tuning into host Jason Priestley’s thoughts! To ensure the integrity of these predictions, he was locked into a sound proofed glass booth with a couple of accountants to keep tabs on him. Of course, the great mentalist was correct. Who would have doubted it? However, it was his style and his flair that came through during the broadcast that kept us interested and intrigued in his predictions. So, what’s the deal with the props? After all, couldn’t he just have written the predictions on a piece of paper and it just be turned over at the end of the bit? Sure he could. I would also have changed the channel.…December 2008 GEC Computers in the Classroom Newsletter,

THE KRESKIN OF CRIME

Posted by kreskin On December - 1 - 2008

THE NATIONAL POST: by Alex Strachan, Canwest News Service Published: Monday, December 01, 2008 It didn't take a psychic to predict the results from the fall TV season so far. Only two new shows are considered bona fide successes: Fringe and The Mentalist. The first, a much-hyped, supernatural-themed redo of The X-Files, was easy enough to predict, thanks to a big budget -- at US$10-million, one of the most expensive pilots in TV history -- a comfortable time period, a strong lead-in and the imprimatur of J. J. Abrams, one of TV's most creative and successful producers of the hour. The Mentalist was harder to predict, though. A lighthearted, feel-good caper thriller starring Simon Baker as a quiet-natured crime solver with a gift for reading body language, The Mentalist was not expected to cause much of a stir in TV's space-time continuum. Instead, The Mentalist is in heady company, with an average weekly audience of 16 million U. S. viewers. It routinely places in the Top 10 in the U. S. Nielsen ratings. The Mentalist's Oct. 21 episode topped that week's outings of perennial ratings champions Grey's Anatomy, House, CSI: Miami and Survivor: Gabon in the U. S. ratings charts. (The Mentalist airs on CTV-owned A channel in Canada.) Baker is an Australian-born career actor who scored his first major U. S. film role as a would-be actor in Curtis Hanson's 1997 film noir L. A. Confidential. He plays Patrick Jane, an independent crime consultant with the California state police. Jane has an enviable track record for solving crimes, thanks to his ability to read body signs and second-guess others' thoughts. The Mentalist frequently features flashbacks to Jane's TV-psychic days, though, and it's those scenes that feel like a breath of fresh air to Baker. They're a lot of fun," Baker said, "because you're an actor playing an actor, and you actually get to comment on the shallowness of acting. You're commenting on yourself, and that makes it self-deprecating in a sense. I love the idea that the character is a fraud and is aware he's a fraud." Baker spent hours surfing You-Tube while researching the role. “There are psychics all over the place," he said. Baker is not surprised that The Mentalist has found a wide audience. "In a lot of crime shows on television these days, the truth is found under a microscope, as some kind of scientific fact. 'Oh, it's in the DNA.' On our show, the truth lies in the fabric of human nature. It's about reading people's behaviour. We're kind of hitting two notes. If you already know who committed the crime, then you get to watch how the [detective] puts it together. It's the upside-down detective genre." Unlike sham psychics in the real world, The Mentalist doesn't claim to be real, according to the show's creator. "We're dealing with a slightly heightened reality," series creator Heller said. "The Mentalist is set in an idealized world, this idealized place where a mentalist detective can ply his trade and the laws of physics in this world allow that to happen."A real-life Patrick Jane who helps detectives solve crimes is unlikely, Heller adds. "In real life," he said, laughing, "you wouldn't have someone like Jane on the police force any more than the police would let Batman get involved in crime fighting." - The Mentalist airs Mondays on A at 10 p. m., and Tuesdays on CBS at 9 p. m.

LONDON (Reuters UK)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)

The Amazing Kreskin is developing a reality TV show in which he’ll help police with unsolved investigations. The project, “POI: Persons of Interest,” follows thought-reader Kreskin as he assists law enforcement in gathering information that could help solve open missing-persons or criminal cases. Kreskin and his partner on the show, producer Katy Wallin, are shopping the half-hour series to cable networks and already have shot a pilot in which the mentalist helps solve a case involving Scott Javins, a college student from Indiana who disappeared in 2002. Wallin, who said “POI” has been in development for more than a year, noted the similarities with CBS’ new police procedural drama “The Mentalist,” which joins the network’s schedule in the fall at 9 p.m. Tuesdays. That series stars Simon Baker as a celebrity psychic who puts his observational skills to better use working for law enforcement. “There’s an uncanny similarity between our pilot and the forthcoming CBS series ‘The Mentalist,”‘ Wallin said. “There is one basic and major difference: ‘POI’ is not fiction and stars the real mentalist.” Kreskin, who recently has been serving as a consultant to law enforcement and security personnel, created the project with Indiana state investigator John Kleiman. Kreskin said the project is “a great chance to bring closure to families who need it.” 11/11/08  

http://www.buddytv.com/articles/the-mentalist/a-reality-counterpart-for-the-21747.aspx