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Kreskin goes mental for reality project!

Posted by kreskin On July - 25 - 2008
LONDON (Reuters UK 7/24/08)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter 7/24/08

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.”

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

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.

Regarding the question….

Posted by admin On January - 7 - 2008
that has been posed to Kreskin by a number of interviewers the past several days, namely, “Kreskin are you attending the Olympics in Beijing, China?” “It seems that this rumor has crept up from many areas and from many sources in the past few days. This coupled with a number of emails I have received from people in China who has posed the same question. About all I can say at this time is simply that - it is being considered.” The Amazing Kreskin
NEW YORK (December 3, 2007) – The Amazing Kreskin, the world’s foremost (original) mentalist, considered by many to be the Godfather of the modern mentalist movement, is making his boldest prediction to date. Almost one year in advance of the general election for the President, The Amazing Kreskin has recorded down his prediction of the winner in next November and will present it at The World Bar on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at a 12:30pm press conference. Although he will not reveal his prediction yet, Kreskin will present a lockbox containing the prediction at The World Bar where it will remain on display until the day after next year’s election, when it will be revealed to the world once and for all. This prediction represents the biggest, most long range challenge in The Amazing Kreskin’s Fifty Year career. “I am staking my reputation on this prediction,” remarked Kreskin, “and I’m completely confident that I’ve picked the winner. There is no doubt in my mind!” The World Bar will display Kreskin’s prediction-lockbox on the shelf behind the bar for the public to clearly view and to ensure there is no tampering.

The Top “TV Icons” – Guess Who They Are?

Posted by admin On November - 15 - 2007
On Friday, November 16th, TVLAND Television Network will be airing a two hour special; also featured in Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Counting the 50 Greatest TV Icons. Johnny Carson is rated as number one. Once again, I am perplexed of something I could easily predict and that is that a forgotten giant in television history was left out. Does it mean that younger writers have no sense of history and cannot remember anybody who existed before their time on earth? That is about the only excuse I can give the omission of Arthur Godfrey. At one time he was called “Mr. CBS.” In the 1950’s he was the biggest performing asset of CBS radio and television and accounted for twelve percent of the network’s annual revenue. Time Magazine called him “The Greatest Salesman Who Ever Stood Before a Microphone.” Not to see him listed amongst the top five TV people in television history is sad but also suggests the quality of the survey. I have only one fact to mention and then leave to you who is reading this, the judgment. In 1953, on one of the three shows that Arthur Godfrey had on radio and television, he walked out before a television camera and received one of, if not the biggest share audience in television history. 91.4% of all those watching television that evening were tuned in to see him! I think this Friday evening, I’ll be spending my time reading one or two books.
Terre Haute Benefit First Step In Nationwide Initiative To Refocus On Unsolved Adult Missing Persons Cases Terre Haute, IN The World’s Foremost Mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, is proud to announce a breakthrough in the case of Scott Javins, a Terre Haute, IN native who has been missing for five years. The publicity generated by Kreskin in Terre Haute on May 14th resulted in a Person Of Interest coming forward with potentially important information regarding the case. The information has since been forwarded to Dean Dobbins, the Prosecutor in Hancock County, Indiana, who is insuring its proper dissemination to the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as other authorities investigating the case. This new information is believed to be the first in the case in almost five years, rekindling hope and proving Kreskin’s belief that by offering his intuition and thought reading skills to law enforcement, he may be able to help them, along with the families of missing persons, break through dead-ends and bring closure to their lives. Read the rest of this entry »