The Amazing Kreskin will be paying Glens Falls a visit when he performs at the Charles Wood Theater on Friday, March 30. Kreskin is a thought reader, and has been performing all over the world for years.
I had a chance to sit down and talk with Kreskin about his gift, his career, and his performances. He’s performed more than 6,000 times in Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Whales, Japan, and every other corner of the earth!
Want to know what you can expect from the show? Read on..
Kreskin is a thought reader, which means he can perceive the thoughts of his audience or subjects, and form predictions based on the thoughts.
When I asked him if he needed to be within close proximity to ‘get a read’ he replied, “people always hurry to buy front row seats thinking that I only interact with those who are closest. That’s not how it works, I could get a stronger signal from someone in the back of the room than someone in the front row. It happens all the time.”
Kreskin has been known to pick up on familiar names or thoughts of his audience. One time he even announced the name of unborn baby, which was supposed to be kept a secret until the child was born! (Good one, Kreskin!)
His performances are based on interaction with his audience, so every show is different. This can be a bit of a concern when performing overseas, as Kreskin doesn’t speak every language (he does use an interpreter). He told me that while on stage in Japan, he was asked if he would prefer a volunteer that can speak English. Kreskin replied, “of course not, anybody will work!” A Japanese man came up on stage, and Kreskin handed him a pad of paper and a marker. He asked the man to go behind a screen and draw a picture, as a picture is the same in any language. Kreskin then tried to replicate the picture himself, drawing an upside down triangle (pointed down) with a circle on top. The Japanese man had drawn an ice cream cone.
Kreskin didn’t draw an ice cream cone, but he had the correct shapes, and they were oriented in the correct manner to represent the rough shape of the volunteer’s drawing. How does he do it?
The highlight of Kreskin’s performance is a little game he plays with the audience at every show. He leaves the room, and requests that his check be hidden somewhere within the venue. If he fails to find the check when he returns, he forfeits his payment and works for free. Actor and comedian Bob Hope once told him, “You’re out of your mind doing this every show!”
I asked Kreskin if he ever failed to find his check, and ended up working for free. He told me that it has happened nine times in over 6,000 shows. He’s found checks inside cell phone cases, under chairs, in somebody’s mouth, and even under a pile of turkey stuffing during a dinner he was performing at!
When he fails to find the check, it is often donated to charity.
Kreskin is also known to make predictions, which he has done numerous time throughout the years while making appearances on almost every talk show you can think of. He was Johnny Carson’s guest over 80 times, and had appeared with Regis on more than 100 occasions. While appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last summer, Kreskin predicted who would be running in the 2012 Presidential Election, and even predicted which party will win. The prediction sits inside a sealed envelope, inside a safe at Patsy’s Restaurant in NYC. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he was correct!
I am really looking forward to Kreskin’s performance at the Wood Theater on Friday (3/30). I wonder if he’ll pick up on any of my thoughts! Come join me next week, and don’t just watch the show, be a part of it!
Photos courtesy of Kreskin himself.