FREDONIA - The Amazing Kreskin will perform at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.
The mentalist continues to offer $1 million to anybody who can prove that he employs paid secret assistants or confederates in any phase of his program to help him perform his mentalist "effects." During his show in the Opera House, he will ask to have his check hidden somewhere in the theater. If he fails to find it, he forfeits his fee.
In 2008, Tom Hanks produced and co-starred with John Malkovich in "The Great Buck Howard," which was fashioned after The Amazing Kreskin's life.
The Amazing Kreskin will perform at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.
For more than 50 years, people have been watching Kreskin on TV with regular appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," "The Howard Stern Show" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." In fact, Carson's "Carnac the Magnificent" was a spoof on Kreskin. Now Kreskin has a new cult following thanks to frequent appearances on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Huckabee" with Mike Huckabee.
By his teens, he became nationally recognized as "The World's Youngest Hypnotist." His performances have been seen all over the world, and he has flown more than three million miles to make them.
The Amazing Kreskin has received recognition for predictions often dealing with world affairs. Regarding the U.S. Presidential Election in 2008, he logged the results with a written statement made 11 months earlier, on Dec. 6, 2007. His prediction at the time? President Obama. Also in 2008 on FOX Business News, he predicted the results of the Super Bowl three days before the game that the Giants would win by three points. The final score? 14-17.
A few years earlier in Canada, one month before a national election, he predicted the re-election of Prime Minister Martin, and named the exact amount of seats he would carry. On the day after the election, on National Canadian Television, he reflected that the government could collapse in 14 months. He was off by 5 days.
On July 25, 2011, on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," he predicted the results of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election as well as who the Republican party nominee would be, from among more than a dozen candidates running at the time. His predictions were locked in a safe currently stored at NBC Studios. Asked recently if the Republican candidate he named is still running, he responded, "I will say that I absolutely believe that I am correct."
Reserved seating tickets to see Kreskin are $30 ($28 for Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online at www.fredopera.org. Please note that due to the attention span required by audience members, Kreskin has requested that tickets not be sold to children under 10 years of age.
Kreskin's appearance is part of the DFT Communications Spotlight Series. The event also is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.
Chautauqua County's only year-round performing arts center, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of events is available at www.fredopera.org.