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In the UK we are not so familiar with the Amazing Kreskin but over the years I've read his books, listened to interviews and studied his performances - his use of psychology is brilliant and something all magicians/mentalists can learn from, plus he enjoys card tricks.

It would be interesting to know your thoughts on Kreskin and what lessons you have learned from watching his work.
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I remember him from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Always a fun experience.

Here's a bit of background for those that have never heard of him.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kreskin

He was apparently able to read people, their body language, expressions, etc. He used some of those skills to find hidden objects such as his performance fee, etc.

Wow, did we really dress that way?

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Thank you for that link. I’ve seen him on a he Tonight Show many times
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Kreskin is a wonderfully affable and energetic performer.  His work glows with the polish of experience and deep thought.  Of course there is his signature piece and closer where he finds his check that is hidden somewhere in the venue.  He recruits a large audience committee to help him.  Having both watched this as an audience member and having been chosen I have to say that it is tremendous fun and totally unfathomable.  I think he is really swell.
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I found these to be of interest.

http://littleegyptmagic.com/kreskint.htm

http://littleegyptmagic.com/skiworld.htm


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I remember Kreskin from his appearances on the many talk & variety shows he was on, shows like Carson, Letterman, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and many others I can't remember at the moment.

My thinking is that he did his best work in the 70's, I think he had his own TV show back then, he did a lot with playing cards.

What I learned from watching Kreskin, humm...he would always tell the audience the impossible condition he created for himself, and then show the audience that indeed the possible is a reality. This is something I do and credit it to Kreskin. Maybe that's why I like Richard Osterlind, a younger version of Kreskin.

I think he was the only mentalist on TV at the time. He also was hip to be Square ( isn't that a song ? Huey Lewis maybe? ), he was very "nerdy", but it was his style, you know ? But it was how he connected with other people, these celebrities on these talk shows and he would also have certain topics on his shows like UFO's, Hypnosis, what is called remote viewing.

The only bad thing on his performance resume was that he got kicked off the Art Bell radio show in which Kreskin predicted a " massive " UFO sighting over Las Vegas and when it didn't happen Art banned him from coming back on the show. Art Bell could have handled it a lot better then banning Kreskin for good.

I did the same effect as Kreskin did on one of his TV specials and that was Telekinetic Timber, and I did it just the way he did it. I am not really a big fan of his Q & A but such is life.

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The Wikipedia link details the dust up with Art Bell.
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Some great responses and links so far. It inspires me that he mixes magic and mentalism with such ease, and it also makes me smile to think about the amount of time he spends talking rather than performing his feats... plus his overall manner is most disarming and the psychological ploys he employs are cunning beyond measure.

There is a great deal we can learn from studying the work of Kreskin and other longstanding performers of a similar ilk.
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Kreskin was the magical hero of my youth. In the 70s the Americans were still here at the Panama Canal and the US Armed Forces had a TV station called SCN (Southern Command News). They transmitted Kreskin's show "The Amazing World of Kreskin" and I never missed it. This was a couple of years before Betamax or VHS so you had to watch the show when aired; no recording possible. One day I had a show about two hours from home and I remember driving like crazy to get back home on time to watch the show.

Kreskin was very skilful in routining. He took very normal tricks and could present them in a very interesting and striking way. His show usually consisted on a first trick to open, an interview with some celebrity, performing another trick with them and finally a feature effect to close. 

A routine I remember very well was somewhat like this: He had a deck shuffled, placed it inside a glass and covered it with a transparent fishbowl. Then he shuffled another deck, circled it with rubber bands and tossed it into the audience for three spectators to peek cards. He concentrated, wrote down the names of three cards he was "getting", called them out and showed the three names he had written and asked the spectators to sit down if he had gotten their cards. All three sat down. Then, calling attention to the other deck in the glass under the fish bowl, the three peeked at cards rose one at a time. This was really a great and subtle routine.

A couple of years ago I bought from Amazon a 3 disc set titled "The Best Moments of the Amazing Kreskin". It contains 20 episodes of this TV show plus some bonus material. It was under 20 dollars so if you´re interested in Kreskin, this buy won't break the bank.
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Marko, that is an interesting combination of David Hoy's Tossed Out Deck and The Rising Cards. He takes a great effect and elevates it even further. Elevate, rising cards, see what I did there?
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Yes, a very interesting combination. No f***ing of any card and doing one trick he sets the other one. I adapted this idea for a triple card stab.

In his TV show he had lots of very good routines using many standard tricks, even simple card tricks. He had (has?) a way of making them very interesting.
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Discovered an interesting segment where things do not quite go to plan for Kreskin:

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Wow, talk about a dog on a bone.  He should have gotten the hint that the poor host had to go to the weather forecast.  Yet he persisted and looked quite pathetic in the process.
When things don't go the way you want, never blame the subject.  I guess in most instances, the subject "plays along" and lets the coin drop at some point.  In my experience, most people want the performer to succeed.  Some to the point that they will become "impromptu stooges" in order to help the effect proceed.

Edit: I watched just the end again, and I cringed.  When you are invited onto a show and you know that there are constraints due to time, you have to respect that.  he just went on-and-on.  Not a good look I'm afraid.  And his initial comments to her and reaching over to touch her would be frowned upon in today's social climate.  I'm not referring to Covid, by the way.
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