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Amazing, Kreskin! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   

kreskinGeorge Kresge, now known as The Amazing Kreskin - remember him? - has floored us with yet another startling prediction for this year of 2009. He tells us:

There will be a growing movement in the US to follow in the steps of England, and that is to restrict, discourage, or even ban cell phones in restaurants.

Wow! How deep did he have to reach into his mental powers to come up with that stunner? Gee, I wish I could compare this with Sylvia Browne's prophecies for 2009, but she's decided that only those willing to pay her for her wise words can be entrusted with that precious knowledge... So I'll never know... Sigh...

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written by Lahurongirl, January 02, 2009
I am in AWE!! smilies/wink.gif
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written by Tim Harrod, January 02, 2009
I didn't realize Kreskin was one of the bad guys. His Wikipedia entry, for what that's worth, says:

Though Kreskin makes "predictions," he does not claim to have paranormal or clairvoyant powers, and is annoyed to be lumped with psychics.

Did this officially change?
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written by bigjohn756, January 02, 2009
I remember Kreskin on The Tonight Show years ago. I found him to be very amusing and his mentalist act was excellent. I do not recall him ever claiming that what he was doing was 'real'.
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I'm Stumped!
written by Willy K, January 02, 2009
Bigjohn756 said
I remember Kreskin on The Tonight Show years ago. I found him to be very amusing and his mentalist act was excellent. I do not recall him ever claiming that what he was doing was 'real'.


That's also what I remember about him. So I checked out Kreskin's web site. It certainly seems like he's making a living selling WOO to the masses. But I wonder if he does the same inhumane con as Sylvia Browne and John Edward McGee or he's just playing the game without seriously hurting individuals.

Is he just a carny taking the rubes moola?
Randi... oh great swami... enlighten us please! smilies/wink.gif
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When does it start...
written by Dooyoowoowoo, January 03, 2009
I live in the UK and have no idea what this guy is on about! Sure, it's considered bad manners to sit in a resteraunt on a cell phone intuding on others peace, but banned? I think not. Maybe he needs to cast some bones to see what's really happening over hear.
Oh, profound prediction by the way!
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OOOOPS!!
written by Dooyoowoowoo, January 03, 2009
I meant "over here", sorry!
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written by Tanydon, January 03, 2009
As someone who lives in the UK if Kreskin knows of any restaurants in the UK that restrict the use of or ban cell phones I wish he'd tell me where they are, because I've never found one.
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The Amazing Kreskin isn't
written by Realitysage, January 03, 2009
OK, I'll make a prediction of my own and place The Amazing Kreskin in my dead pool for '09. There's only room for one "Amazing" and that's Randi....
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Another Entry for the Randi is Wrong File
written by Caller X, January 03, 2009
From Wikipedia, not always a good source: "He is still active as a live performer, and appears annually on CNN to give his New Year's Day predictions for the coming year.[1] One of his best known tricks is finding his check for a performance, which he instructs the audience to hide his check while he is escorted off stage and into seclusion by other members of the audience. He has failed to find the check nine times.

Though Kreskin makes "predictions," he does not claim to have paranormal or clairvoyant powers, and is annoyed to be lumped with psychics.[2] He teaches classes for law enforcement groups, which "focuses on psychological methods such as jogging lost memories through relaxation techniques or detecting lies through body language and voice inflections."[2]"

I knew that Kreskin wasn't claiming to be a psychic when I saw him on tv in my childhood. This article makes Mr. Randi sound like a bitter old man who confuses Kreskin with the kids he's constantly shooing off his lawn. Too bad.
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Right, because Law-Enforced Manners, that's a good idea...
written by Tristan Noel, January 03, 2009
As annoying as they are, and as impolite, cell users in restaurants, honestly, aren't hurting anyone. We've done enough studies to prove that cellphones don't irradiate foodstuffs.

What's next? A ban on any child that can scream in a restaurant? How about a ban on people who don't use napkins after each bite? Maybe a ban on elbows on the table? Let's ban everyone that doesn't use the exact needed flatware to eat their food.

Ref: Penn and Teller Bullshit: Manners.

I've got a better idea. Let's make it a fine for religious tractpushers to give me pamphlets while I'm eating my bloody dinner at a Shari's. Passive intrusion is one thing, I don't care if a group is talking amongst themselves, or on their cellphone, it doesn't matter to me one bit. What bothers me is when it DIRECTLY involves me.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go execute a couple people for talking amongst each other in a restaurant. No talking! No drinking! No smoking! No cellphones! Use your fork and knife for that hamburger! Seriously, people.
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Another entry for the easy pickin's file
written by DrMatt, January 03, 2009
Try searching randi.org for Kreskin.
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written by DrMatt, January 03, 2009
Uri Geller has recently denied having magic powers, too. It's one of those things.
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Kreskin?
written by Tressa, January 03, 2009
I thought Penn Jillette ate this guy years ago!
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written by cwniles, January 03, 2009
ah, Superfudge.....thanks for the memories. That is all.
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written by Caller X, January 03, 2009
"Kreskin?
written by Tressa, January 03, 2009
I thought Penn Jillette ate this guy years ago! "


Strangely, he's one of the guys Penn hasn't eaten.
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Randi IS RIGHT!
written by Alex Ruiz, January 04, 2009
I read kreskin book of HOW TO DO MIND STUNTS... and althought he never claims to have paranormal powers
he does claim to not know how he does some of his stuff.
like how he get the social security number of an espectator
at the end of his book he also says that in the future we will have those kind of powers..
He also went to Howard Stern show and performed a spiritist session to contact sam kinison, althought he used regular mentalism tricks he says he didnt know how this was working.
Also last year he was in Canada with george strambonopoulos and claimed he predicted 9/11.

so kreskin is pretty much playing in both sides of the field.
claiming he DOESNT KNOW how he does it is pretty much what Uri Geller is doing now
never giving a straight answer and claiming he is now a mystifier.
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Kreskin you fool!
written by Peter9971, January 04, 2009
Quoted in Kreskin's website is this, as a Twitter's Update,:

"No".the new CBS crime series The Mentalist, doesn't involve Kreskin.
It is FICTIONAL; the character portrays a fake psychic."

So if it involves Kreskin, does it mean the character portrays "true"
psychic?

Somehow, i think Kreskin is trying to fool himself advertising
"don't lump me with psychics" and yet he is doing what those fakers are doing.
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Kreskin is so yesterday...
written by SlamSam, January 04, 2009
Kreskin is so "yesterday", even Art Bell banned him from his show several years ago concerning a UFO stunt near Las Vegas where he "predicted" a mass UFO sighting.

"Lame, lame, lame" were Bell's response. If you get run by Art Bell, you are rock-bottom.

Perhaps he can join Ed Dames, Alex Jones, and the rest of the borderline nuts in the kook-o-sphere.
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written by Mercifull, January 04, 2009
The only place in the UK that I have ever seen a no cell phones sign is on some "quiet coach" trains and even then the rules are ignored and unenforced.
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One of the worst magic tricks I've ever seen...
written by Jeremy Henderson, January 05, 2009
Was performed by Kreskin years ago on Letterman's show. He presented Letterman with three envelopes, one of which, he said, contained a $100 bill. He then turned his back and instructed Letterman to shuffle up the envelopes. Kreskin then, with his back still turned, had Letterman hold up the envelopes, and Kreskin chose the one in the middle. He then, without opening them, burned the other two envelopes, and opened the remaining one to reveal the $100 bill.

I was just a kid at the time I saw this trick performed, and even I was insulted by it.
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written by jadebox, January 05, 2009
I think the point is, psychic or not, that the "Amazing" Kreskin has "predicted" something that's already happening (see: http://www.google.com/search?q...estaurants). It's like making a prediction after the November, 2008, election that Obama will become president in 2009.
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Onside
written by rabbit, January 05, 2009
I have a soft spot in my heart for Kreskin. He was a staple of Canadian television when I grew up, and he used to tour throughout the country.

Kreskin is near the border of woo-woo land, but I think he stays onside. He does everything he can to make some of his tricks look like telepathy, but he never actually claims they are - course he doesn't claim they aren't either. Unlike Brown, et al, his performances are harmless and (I thought) entertaining.

Having said that, there are probably many Canadians who came to believe in telepathy from watching his show.

Kreskin always used to start his show by "reading the minds" of audience members. I suggested to a friend that he might have aids listening in to audience conversations before the show started using hidden microphones. My friend said that wouldn't work. "Why not?", I asked. "Too simple" he said.

There's a deep lesson in human psychology there somewhere.
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Thank you for not answering the call
written by BillyJoe, January 06, 2009
I see all of you have ignored the poster called X
I am proud of you all.

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BJ
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written by BillyJoe, January 06, 2009
rabbit,

his performances are harmless

Having said that, there are probably many Canadians who came to believe in telepathy from watching his show.

I think this is called cognitive dissonance. smilies/wink.gif

BJ
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written by Bill A. W., February 18, 2009
C'mon fellas. Kreskin is an entertainer. Go after the Sylvia Brownes and the Benny Hinns who can inflict real damage in someones life. I thought the Amazing Randi did this for a living some time ago. Not all people are Mensa material and attracted to the sciences. Give it a rest.
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Give it a rest?
written by BillyJoe, February 18, 2009
We did - about 12 days ago.
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