Archive for the ‘Kreskin’s Thought For The Week’ Category

Salute to Joey Bishop

Posted by admin On October - 18 - 2007
With the passing Joey Bishop, I feel that I have lost the final pivotal figure early in my career that helped shape my success. While Mike Douglas set the stage for early afternoon audiences to be aware of Yours Truly; Merv Griffin on early evening shows; and Steve Allen gave me my first appearance in late night television from which Carson designed his “Karnac” character; uniquely enough, Joey Bishop - who began the role of establishing me in late night television. Yours Truly reached the point that on one unexpected night, Joey turned to me and said “Kreskin, I’m having you on as soon as we can arrange it for an entire week.” Scores upon scores of shows were done by Yours Truly with him and oddly enough, his announcer those two years was someone whom I came to know first through Joey’s show: Regis Philbin. He was on Joey’s show that I predicted one week ahead of time, when I felt would be the major story in the Los Angeles Times. It drove Joey crazy because day after day he kept calling me into his office and asking me did I think I was going to become close to successful. Milton Berle drove him up a tree asking him did I share how my prediction would pan out and it was correct. The story was accurate that I predicted. When Joey left the airways, I became aware of an unexpected situation. One of Johnny Carson’s representatives, his secretary, who was a fan of mine called me on the phone and said “you are going to receive a call from Johnny.” I said, “I am excited about this.” “Actually it will be one of his representatives, but I want you to know that Johnny saw practically every Joey Bishop’s show you ever did,” even though their shows were on back to back. Carson made it a point to see kinescopes of my appearances; within a week, I began my voyage of 88 appearances with Johnny Carson. Needless to say, I owe a very fond, thankful memory of Joey Bishop for what he saw in me and like Carson, with all the appearances, he never particularly asked me what I was going to do, just “Come on Kreskin and run with it.”

The Passing of Chet Collier

Posted by admin On August - 16 - 2007
Whenever I met with Chet Collier I reminded him of a pivotal role he played in my career. During my earlier appearances on the Mike Douglas Show, an issue arose with a government broadcast agency as to whether or not my work was in conflict with then existing regulations against psychics, spiritualist, etc. Representing the Mike Douglas show, Chet Collier met with key officials and championed my right to appear on television. I will never forget his action and will continue to remember him as one of the kindest and astute leaders in the broadcast industry. My sympathy and thoughts are with his family. The Amazing Kreskin

The Passing of Merv Griffin

Posted by admin On August - 15 - 2007
merv.jpg The passing of Merv Griffin has been a particularly sad moment in my life. There were three prominent broadcasters early in my career, that is in the sixties and seventies who played pivotal roles of support to my work and the development of my success. One was Mike Douglas, with whom I did approximately 118 television shows. The second was Johnny Carson with whom I did 88 shows. Now there is Merv Griffin. My last show with him not long before his series, “The Merv Griffin Show” had ended was my 99th show with him and it is hard to believe that all three talk show giants have left us in approximately a year and a half. There was an excitement in working with him; he was able to handle almost any situation with ease and nonchalance. He was quite conscious of the impact a performer was having on his viewers. In conversations I had with him at Sardis restaurant and in private performances that I did for him off television, became clear that he was a brilliant and astute businessman and a visionary as far as talent as the broadcast field was evolving. He could place anybody at ease. Unlike Johnny Carson who said he would like on his tombstone “I’ll be right back,” Merv quietly said that what he wanted on his in effect was “I will not be right back.”

Mika Brzezinski – MSNBC News Anchor Woman

Posted by admin On July - 29 - 2007
“One of the wonderful moments in news last week is the “refusal” of Mika Brzezinski to read as a lead story, a piece about Paris Hilton. What I got a kick out of was, her attempting to burn the news release and then finally, her wise choice of just shredding it on camera and insisting on going onto a more meaningful story such as Iraq, etc. The late Johnny Carson and Steve Allen would have relished this moment and referred to it on their Tonight’ shows the very day this happened. But let’s give her credit for while I still hold with a prediction I made about Paris Hilton, her reaction is a genuinely responsible one for any news person has to realize that the tabloid degree that our television, radio and newspaper reporting has dropped into; has lowered the level and quality of news in the United States. The question is: could it deteriorate even further? And my answer is very simple – yes it could, it will and it will be much, much less lower in quality. I still abide by a prediction that I made a few years ago, and I still stand by it, namely that Paris Hilton will not win an academy award in the next 72 years!” Kreskin

All The Wrong Reasons

Posted by admin On July - 24 - 2007
Yours Truly had the absolute delight of attending a one man performance of comedian, John Fugelsang at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City, July 22, 2007. The title of his presentation was “ALL THE WRONG REASONS” the man has appeared over twenty times on the TV series, Politically Incorrect as well as in numerous other TV shows. His stand up performance is absolutely brilliant. He walks out without special props, without any equipment on the night I saw him, no special sound or lighting of any consequence and yet at the end of almost an hour and a half, his audience stands amass to a tremendous expression of enthusiasm. Read the rest of this entry »

David Letterman

Posted by admin On June - 4 - 2007
I appreciate David Letterman's mentioning me during his broadcast last Monday evening (Memorial Day). The three hour radio appearance that followed on Station WOR with Joey Reynolds, has resulted in serious inquiries because of my lengthy analysis of terrorism, both in the present and the distant future. With New York Times front page story on our military interrogation techniques, I will shortly be unveiling a unique perspective on this problem and dilemma.

Appearances on Howard Stern’s Show

Posted by admin On June - 1 - 2007
My two appearances on Howard Stern's show in recent weeks has generated considerable activity. A special attention in references have been made to the show, in which I have discussed my Blackjack playing and my winning twenty six consecutive hands at Resorts in Atlantic City. Understandably with all the interest in Poker, I am being asked why I am not allowed to play Poker in any gaming casino.

He Has Nine Lives and a Sixth Sense

Posted by admin On May - 27 - 2007
Oscar seems to know when death is at hand It is highly significant that the Journal of Medicine devoted a serious piece to a beautiful feline creature by the name of "Oscar" who has in some twenty-five cases when an individual was going to die. Of course, for many years I have advocated animals being in all hospitals, as they have a truly healing quality. In this case, this animal seems to, in a way that we as humans beings cannot understand "feel" when someone is soon to pass on. I have said this for years and will continue to say it: "We reading the thoughts of our pets, hell, they have been reading our thoughts more successfully for centuries." Kreskin

Regarding McGreevy’s Entrance into Priesthood

Posted by admin On May - 4 - 2007
When I met McGreevy a couple of years ago in a dressing room; before we introduced a national celebrity, McGreevy said to me "Kreskin you better not read my mind." I already knew his personal situation and thought to myself it was none of anyone's business. When he stepped down from his government position, it was clear that this was a massive smokescreen. While his first book has died, the real seller will be when he reveals the real corruption in his administration. His messy public divorce is sad. Now regarding his announced interest in some form of priesthood - I would like to openly invite him to take a short walk with me. At the end of that walk I would like to announce what i believe are his real intentions and the reason behind them.

Virginia Tech Massacre and Television Coverage

Posted by admin On April - 19 - 2007
In my reflections on this disastrous day, I think we can say that we have seen television at some of its finest hours and some of its worst hours. When I was a kid glued to radio and television admiring the fantastic communicative abilities of Arthur Godfrey. I remember him mentioning on one of his daily talk shows, I don’t remember whether it was his morning radio show, morning television show or his evening prime time shows. He made a prediction, and he was not a thought reader, he didn’t have any powers of ESP. He envisioned a day in television coming when many of the shows would be on tape and be recorded and he saw the down side of such. “My Dear Listeners”…. He said. You will be watching a comedy show and suddenly the program will be interrupted because of a disaster, perhaps an assassination, perhaps an unbelievable accident but whatever the tragedy once the bulletin passed you will suddenly find the program back on the air and hear laughter. What a discord, what an abomination of the art of communication. Read the rest of this entry »