LACONIA — Six decades after he first began astonishing the public with the demonstration of his abilities as a mentalist, the Amazing Kreskin continues to push the envelope of the uncanny as he did in February this year with his Super Bowl prediction.
His prediction that the Seahawks would win wasn't exceptional (he had a 50/50 chance, right?) but his choice of the score, 43-9 was, as the Seahawks won 43-8. And he also predicted that a M. Smith would make a big play for the Seahawks, which was exactly what Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith did with an interception which was returned for a touchdown, leading to his being named Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl.
Kreskin will be putting his talents on display Saturday night at 7 at the Laconia High School Auditorium in a special free performance sponsored by the Laconia Putnam Fund.
According to Kreskin's website, The Amazing Kreskin has, for some six decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind...his own. His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows from sitcoms on through national magazines.
Born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1935 it was during the childhood game "hot and cold" that Kreskin's remarkable ability to find hidden objects emerged. He was inspired to become a mentalist by Lee Falk's famous comic strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician. His ability to read thoughts expanded, and by his teens he also became nationally recognized in the United States as "The World's Youngest Hypnotist."
From 1970 to 1975, Kreskin's television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United States. He appeared on The Tonight Show 61 times from 1970 to 1980. In the 1980s and 1990s he came to prominence again through several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. In 2009, he became the first guest to make three appearances on the new Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In his late teens, this icon of thought transference developed a mental test that has become the highlight of his performances all over the world. This signature piece has Kreskin requesting that his check be hidden somewhere within the venue he is appearing. If he fails to find it, he will forfeit his fee. That has happened nine times.
Actor/Producer Tom Hanks released in 2009 a feature film, The Great Buck Howard, starring Tom Hanks and John Malkovich. It is announced at the end of the movie that the inspiration for the key character of the screenplay is The Amazing Kreskin, the character played by John Malkovich.
In the 2010 movie, Dinner for Schmucks, the character played by Zach Galifianakis has as his hero and influence The Amazing Kreskin, which further exemplifies the wide scope of exposure and attention which Kreskin has had.
The return of The Amazing World of Kreskin series can now be viewed on the website Hulu.com by searching The Amazing Kreskin.