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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.

RadioFlash: WOR710 (NYC), Nationally syndicated talk show host, Joey Reynold’s features legendary NY newscaster Ernie Anastos with The Amazing Kreskin on Wednesday, Nov. 26th at the bewitching hour of midnight. Join them for reflections of New York City news and history and a special Thanksgiving treat!

Kreskin Correctly Predicted Obama!

Posted by kreskin On November - 6 - 2008

In a Press Conference at the famous Trump World Bar next to the United Nations, held at l:00 pm on November 6, Kreskin’s Presidential prediction, made 11 months earlier was revealed. To reinforce and secure the integrity of the entire experiment, World Bar Genral Manager, Kenneth McClure, opened the strong box kept on display at The World Bar since December, 2007 while Joey Reynolds opened the strong box kept in the WOR safe, in the presence of New York media and press: both clearly confirmed Kreskin’s successful prediction that Barack Obama would win the election.

WHO WILL BE PRESIDENT? Does KRESKIN really know?

Posted by kreskin On November - 3 - 2008
NYC, NY: The World Bar. The Amazing Kreskin sealed his prediction as to who will be our next President on December 6, 2007 in front of New York Press and an esteemed Rabbi. November 6th, 2008 is the date we all will know if his prediction was correct. When he made his prediction there were almost a dozen candidates. Is it McCain, Obama or someone else who is no longer in the race? Stay tuned to find out: did Kreskin make the correct prediction?

Have you seen ghosts?

Posted by kreskin On October - 30 - 2008

In celebration of Halloween, Kreskin’s concerts of the past few weeks have included a ghostly experience for random members of the audience who dared to step on stage. What did they see?

Kreskin performs for astronauts

Posted by kreskin On October - 20 - 2008

Kreskin lands near Florida space shuttle and performs for astronauts and FIT alumni. The Amazing Kreskin performed for astronauts and alumni of Florida Institute of Technology on October 18th. After a standing ovation finish, even the scientific community next to the shuttle launch site remarked, "how does he do that!"

Regis & Kelly and Kreskin

Posted by kreskin On August - 14 - 2008

On Thursday’s show, 8/14/08, Regis and Kelly discussed Presidential candidate McCain’s wife, Cindy, who had injured her hand. Speculation centered around a handshake as the culprit. Regis asked his producer Gelman who had the most dramatic handshake they could think of…The Amazing Kreskin was the resounding answer.

Kreskin e-mailed Regis: “Yes, Regis, my handshake has become my career signature. As odd as it may sound, a new motion picture being released soon will feature my handshake and other signature nuances of mine.”

Kreskin on Bloomberg TV

Posted by kreskin On July - 28 - 2008

Kreskin was special guest on Bloomberg TV's "Night Talk." Tune in to listen to Kreskin’s amazing insight into current states of crime, law enforcement and possibilities, links of each segment of the show are below:

 

Video: Night Talk: Interview With The Amazing Kreskin (part 1)

Video: Night Talk: Interview With The Amazing Kreskin (part 2)

Video: Night Talk: Interview With The Amazing Kreskin (part 3)

 

Kreskin, still amazing, June 2008

Posted by kreskin On July - 9 - 2008

National Post, Published: Saturday, June 07, 2008

COBOURG - ...A former road manager for The Amazing Kreskin wrote a movie script called The Great Buck Howard, about a celebrity mentalist who got his big break on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, but whose life later sank into bitter anonymity. From the oversized glasses to the corny catchphrases, the character played by John Malkovitch is Kreskin to a tee, except spiteful, mean and a drunk. Both have flirted with celebrity greatness…although only the real one has a habit of offering his mentalist services to the police. The Times of London, in its review of the premiere at Sundance in January, said the movie tells the tale of an "ageing 'sacred monster' with pretensions and demands far in advance of his current status," and that Mr. Malkovitch "ladles on the cheese to entertaining effect..." Lesser men might have been angry, but when it opens later this year, The Amazing Kreskin will be The Great Buck Howard's primary booster. "Who would have ever dreamt it in one lifetime?" Mr. Kreskin, 72, said in an interview before a show this week on his tour of southern Ontario. The interview began with the famously vigorous handshake, in which he squats to protect his back and delivers a half-dozen solid pumps from knee to chest, but very soon became calm and serious, so much so that it was unclear where the schtick ends and the man begins. "Something's happened to conjuring, or the art of magic," he said. "It's very, very sad, and Carson -- whom of course I knew well because I did 88 shows with him, which is more than any guest -- would have been despondent. He used to say to me, 'Kreskin, if this ever happens it'll become movie making.' Who'd have ever dreamt that magic on TV now would be replete with trick photography, use of stooges, altered situations, and groups watching the magic that are actually paid actors and actresses? I have not seen a magic show on television in the last one year that did not have trick photography involved. It's going to ruin it for the public. You know what the feeling is, behind the scenes in Hollywood now? That they are really betraying the public. Because you have never had Carson doing that, or Letterman doing that, or Ed Sullivan doing that.... And I warn people. I warn everybody going into the field: Don't stoop to that level, because you could jeopardize your future…" He had already guessed people's birthdays and wedding dates…inconceivably pulled a glass of water from an empty sack, and was halfway through the "hidden cheque" trick, in which he invites a select group of audience members to hide his paycheque for the show anywhere in the auditorium, and he then finds it by reading the thoughts of a person he chooses to guide him around, whom he leads by a handkerchief they are both holding… “All through the years, only those who know me well have the remotest idea what I go through doing the cheque test. I mask how I feel about it. When it's over, it's not that I need an intermission, but if I were drinking, I'd be an alcoholic..." How does he do it? Who knows? He obviously did not see where they put it; he was backstage with three others as witnesses. It is not inconceivable that the audience contained an associate, but he has a standing offer of $50,000 for proof of such -- a promise that was even once unsuccessfully tested by a civil court. Maybe he can sense the location from the body language of his chosen subjects. Or maybe he is watching the audience, studying their eyes, although surely everyone is trying to be discreet. Whichever way, it is pretty cool to see, and perhaps the mechanics do not matter. As he puts it: "For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible." jbrean@nationalpost.com

A Few Items From The Press

Posted by admin On January - 8 - 2008
Chicago Tribune - “MENTALIST OFFERS TO FIND THE EX-WIFE OF OFFICER” Click here for more. The Amazing Kreskin on “Holder Tonight” Click here for more. The Express Times, “The Amazing Kreskin predicts President but he won’t unlock his secret until after the Nov. 4, 2008, election.” Click here for more. Tribune Staff Report, “Drew Peterson received an anonymous letter Sunday from a person claiming to have spoken to his missing wife, Stacy, and taken a photograph of her, his attorney said.” Click here for more.