To my surprise, a little research revealed that Kreskin is still performing today on shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has his own web page (www.amazingkreskin.com), a Twitter account, and a 2012 book called Conversations with Kreskin. His 1972-75 TV series The Amazing World of Kreskin can be watched on Hulu.
Kreskin was born George Joseph Kresge, Jr. in 1935 in Montclair, New Jersey. As a child, he displayed an uncanny knack for finding hidden objects. According to his publicity material, he gained national fame as a teenager as the "World's Youngest Hypnotist," which resulted in "his collaborating in psychological clinical studies extending into the realm of Parapsychology and the Power of Suggestion." He studied psychology at Seton Hall University and earned a bachelor's degree in 1963 (he has also been awarded an honorary doctorate).
|John Malkovich and Kreskin.|
|Johnny Carson and Kreskin.|
Kreskin's career hasn't been without controversy. In 2002, he predicted there would be a mass UFO sighting over Las Vegas on June 6th and promised to donate $50,000 to charity if it didn't happen. When there was no mass sighting, Kreskin explained that it was an experiment intended to show the power of suggestion and how it could be manipulated by enemies of the Free World. He later compared it to Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds. His critics, though, hailed the Las Vegas prediction as a publicity stunt.
By the way, I no longer have Kreskin's ESP board game, but remember it fondly. Part of the "game" consisted of another player holding a card with a symbol or colored dot on the back of it. The objective was to predict what was on the card. There was a scale that explained one's level of ESP based on the number of correct answers out of 25 cards. Sometimes, I might get seven or eight correct--which I think indicated I had some extra sensory perception.
Unfortunately, though, I didn't have enough ESP to carve out a career as The Amazing Rick.