The O-town Scene

December 29, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Mentalist the Amazing Kreskin to come to Oneonta The Amazing Kreskin has five decades experience as a mentalist, with a hay day of appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson some reported 80 times in the 1960s and '70s. At 76, he still performs all over the world. His act is all about audience participation as he reads the thoughts and memories of audience members. The audience gets to play a fun little hide-and-seek game with Kreskin's check for his performance, and if he can- not find where a committee of audience members has hidden it, he doesn't get it. The Amazing Kreskin, who legally changed his name from George Joseph Kresge, chit chatted with the Scene about this check hiding business, presi- dential predictions and hearing voices. Kreskin will perform shows at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Oneonta Theatre. Tickets are $20, or $30 for the Gold Circle. For information, visit – Cassandra Miller Craziest places audiences have hidden his check In the dentures of an older man during a performance at a college. Cooked in the stuffing of a turkey at a private show. How many times he hasn't found his check Nine times, including a $51,000 check he didn't get for a show in New Zealand Most dramatic prediction In January 2001, Kreskin predicted that there would be a disaster involving two airplanes in September of that year. "My life changed after 9/11, and I was immediately questioned by the FBI." Political predictions Kreskin predicted the outcome of the presidential election 11 months before Barack Obama was elected president. On July 25 this year, Kreskin made his prediction for the 2012 presidential election, including who the Republican candi- date will be, on the Jimmy Fallon show. He sealed his prediction in four packages that are not supposed to be opened before the election. One of these packages is hanging over the bar at Patsy's Restaurant in Manhattan. "Which I think is the best place for politics, hanging over a bar." Kreskin says he experiences synesthesia, the mingling of senses. "When I think of numbers, I see them in colors. Different people transfer stimuli into different senses. I hear a voice in my mind when I'm talking to people in my performances. ... Others, whenever they hear a certain word, they get a warmth in their bodies." He doesn't like to see people when he reads them "I often take my glasses off. I am near sighted, and when I'm reading people's thoughts, I will often take my glasses off so I don't see their expressions. I want to zero in on what they're thinking. ... I cannot perceive a person's thought unless they concentrate." Dec. 29, 2011 O-Town Scene 7

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