The Amazing Kreskin visits 69 News

 

If anyone ever asks you to predict the future, your response might be "Who do you think I am, Kreskin?"

It became a catch phrase after the Amazing Kreskin dazzled us with his mentalist talents for decades.

Kreskin was here in our studios Saturday morning, his second appearance here with us on the Saturday Sunrise.

He became popular in the 1970's when he became a frequent guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

The Amazing Kreskin, born George Kresge Jr, was raised in North Jersey.

He had his own T.V. series, The Amazing World of Kreskin, from 1972 to 1975.

You'll remember when he was featured on Late Night with David Letterman, the Howard Stern Show, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Kreskin has family in the Lehigh Valley.

He calls himself an entertainer, not a psychic, and says he operates on the basis of suggestion and observation not the paranormal or supernatural, but the outcome is usually mind-blowing anyway.

So how did this all start?

He says it's thanks to a comic book character by the name of Mandrake the Magician written by Lee Falk.

His mother used to read it to him when he was little, and he was inspired by the story.

One of his famous acts is to find his own check for his performance fee. He has audience members hide it in the venue, and if he doesn't find it, he doesn't get paid.

He says he's only failed to find it 12 times in 30 years, and with more than 350 performances a year he's probably still doing ok.