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Topic: Kreskin, a Piano and Loretta Swit...
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 29, 2006 03:22PM)
An incredible moment was brought to me this afternoon as I watched the Best Moments of the Amazing Kreskin.

He performed the MOST beautiful and brilliant piece of mentalism I have ever seen. And to boot it was a totall fooler.

My brain is fried...

Here is what went down...

After a short interview with Loretta, and brief discussion of intuition...

Kreskin produces a deck of cards, and gives loretta instructions on how to cut cards.

At this point he takes position seated at a piano, and instructs her to cut off a pile of cards, and look at the card she cut to. The jack of clubs...

She cuts the card into the middle of the deck, and Kreskin begins to play a beautiful piano piece...

"cut the cards once more..."

"I don't claim to be psychic -- it's just a sensitivity I have..."

"Do you know where your card is?"


"Niether do I!"


As he plays the piano she cuts the cards 6 times. The cards have been in her hands the entire time...

"turn the deck face up"

she does, and is instructed to cut it twice more...

"Turn the deck face down, and cut it once more..."

"Do you know where your card is?"


"Place your finger on the deck..."


"12 from the bottom"

"Press harder"

"10 from the top..."

"Press harder..."

"You're not going to believe this Loretta...Now it is three from the top..."

He stops playing, and rests his arms on the piano -- looking away from the cards and Loretta...

"Press a little bit more..."

"Take your hand off of the deck. I haven't touched the deck since we started this, you put the card in the deck -- and cut the cards. I din't tell even the camera man or the staff that I was going to try for this..."

"what is the card that you chose?"

"The Jack of Clubs..."

"turn over the top card..."

At this point you could hear a pin drop in the audience, everyone,, including me at home watching this 20 plus years later is silent, and on the edge of thier seats...

"She turns it over..."

And it is the jack of clubs. The audience goes wild...

Kreskin did it...

A simple effect, elevated to a point of destructive ellegance...

This blew me away. In my mind this is the best example of mentalism I personally have ever seen...

We can all learn something from Kreskin...

The moment is on disc two, episode 1...

Check it out...

I would love to discuss the effect with anyone who wishes. PM me if you are interested, or post your comments here -- but please, no exposure....

Message: Posted by: Josh Zandman (Nov 29, 2006 03:27PM)
I just learned this routine and it's awesome! I'm not much into card tricks but this one I will always do.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 29, 2006 04:08PM)
That's the brilliant Kreskin for you... he got a ton of mileage out of the Lazy Man's Card Trick. You have to bow to that guy. We should all learn from the man. He could probably make a showstopper out of Nickels To Dimes.


Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 29, 2006 04:35PM)
It's true Greg...

The simplest of effects, are the most effective for him...
Message: Posted by: R.S. (Nov 29, 2006 06:31PM)
I saw Kreskin do this effect live when he performed here about 10 years ago. As Jeff stated, it was simple, elegant, and most definitely mind-blowing! It was the highlight of what was quite an eventful evening.

Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 29, 2006 06:35PM)
Right now he is performing Sefalaljia -- what an event!

He turns the most simple effect into a real experience for all involved...
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 29, 2006 08:14PM)
On 2006-11-29 19:35, Jeff Richards wrote:
Right now he is performing Sefalaljia -- what an event!

He turns the most simple effect into a real experience for all involved...

I remember when he did that on either Merv Griffin or Mike Douglas. He turned what I thought was a stupid trick into this incredible psychic event. I remember being stunned by his presentation because months earlier I had seen that effect in a Tannen's catalog and thought it was the stupidest thing I had seen. Boy was I wrong.

Message: Posted by: Tony Brent (Nov 29, 2006 10:25PM)
I didn't see it for myself but I heard that Kreskin did the Chinese Sticks as a mental effect on national television. He used the cheap plastic sticks that kids get!

I bow to Kreskin!

Tony Brent
Outta Control Magic Show
Orlando, Florida
Message: Posted by: Josho (Nov 30, 2006 07:13AM)
I also remember that Sefalaljia performance so many decades ago...it really was wonderful. If I remember correctly, the box -- a simple box with a little curtain on rings -- sat on a plank between two chairs, and he used a clipboard as a means of moving the red ball. Incredibly impressive.

If it's Lazy Man's Card Trick, doesn't the last cut (or the last several cuts) have to take place face-up? As I was reading the description, I thought, "Svengali Deck."

Message: Posted by: Malchat (Nov 30, 2006 07:20AM)
Makes you wonder if there's a way to 'Kreskinize' the old 21-card trick...
Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 30, 2006 08:02AM)
Josho, the last cut happens face down...

and the deck is straight.

And his Sef box is resting on a piece of glass between two chairs. A candle is what makes it work.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (Nov 30, 2006 09:55AM)
See Ted Lesley's Paramiracles for a complete discussion of specific key cards (Jontay, Koornwinder) that would get the job done.

Message: Posted by: MikeTheRed (Nov 30, 2006 10:05AM)
I saw Kreskin peform this effect in Arizona about 4 years ago. Since I had just finished reading Paramiracles a few months prior to watching the performance I immediately thought the method was the one mentioned by Neil concerning the key cards.

Message: Posted by: Josho (Nov 30, 2006 10:14AM)

Maybe we saw two different Sefalaljia performances (I seem to remember that the one I saw was on the Tonight Show). He kept the clipboard on top of the box at first, then took it off...

Message: Posted by: Jay Are (Nov 30, 2006 10:17AM)
Oh, yes you are correct Josh, The one I am reffering to is the original on the tv series...
Message: Posted by: adolphus (Jan 22, 2007 02:41PM)
Kreskin also did a blow-out effect of Regis & Kelly a few years ago.

It simultaneously involved the hosts, the live audience and a volunteer isolated in another room.

The cameras tracked him thru the whole studio as he built...up...the...suspense...for...

...a freely announced card that wound up turned over in an (ID) deck he had in his pocket!!! :)

He also blew out Letterman (and Paul) with a g**fed deck the same year.

The old guy [b]is[/b] the showman, make no mistake!

(P.S.: the only Kreskin TV Sefalaljia version I heard of involved a candle holder!)
Message: Posted by: Sleeveless (Jan 23, 2007 03:03PM)
On 2006-11-30 08:20, Malchat wrote:
Makes you wonder if there's a way to 'Kreskinize' the old 21-card trick...

Check out Marlo's work on the 21 Card Trick. There's a lot of subtlety in his various handlings of the trick. I occasionally use one of them with the major arcana from a tarot deck. I remove the death card so that there are just 21 cards. Basically, the cards are dealt into three piles. Someone looks at any card in any pile and shuffles the pile. The three piles are combined and then shuffled. The cards are laid out in three rows and you know exactly which card is the selected card. The best finish is when you have dealt all the cards but one and that is the selected card. This doesn't happen everytime but it happens often enough.

Oh, I'm a Kreskin fan, too. Just want to keep this post on topic.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 23, 2007 10:35PM)
John Cornelius has the best handling of the 21 card trick I have ever seen. It will knock your socks off.

I'm a big Kreskin fan.

He is an excellente showman. I took the late Cal Emmett to see him in concert. About ten minutes into the show, Cal turned to me and said, "I usually hate mentalists. I like this guy. He doesn't take himself too seriously."
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Jan 29, 2007 07:17PM)
I have been very partial to the late Jules Lenier's version of the 21 card trick myself. it appears as if you are showing the audience how to test for ESP.
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: CAROLINI (Jan 29, 2007 07:49PM)
Once again Kreskin proved it....it's not what we do, it's how we do it. Presentation, presentation, presentation.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 29, 2007 10:49PM)
Kreskin's presentation of the original Keey R Rect was brilliant. He must have bought two locks, because he had 11 keys. William Shatner was his guest on the show.

He took a bicycle chain and ran it through Shatner's coat sleeves, then Shatner put on his coat and Kreskin locked him in. Kreskin then went outside and called the theatre from the pay phone out front. He then had 11 spectators select keys from the bowl that he had dropped the keys into and mixed. Each spectator was instructed to put his/her key into a small envelope. Then they exchanged keys with one another at random. Finally, all but one of them put their envelopes into a larger envelope, which had postage on it. It was sealed and mailed to Kreskin's home in Pennsylvania.

Kreskin came back into the theatre at that point. He unlocked the lock with the remaining key. Shatner appeared to be genuinely impressed. Even though I recognized the trick, I was impressed with the presentation.
Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Jul 11, 2015 09:59PM)
The more I watch Kreskin's routine with Loretta Swit (the original topic of this thread, before it got slightly side-tracked)....although the presentation & routine is identical to the "Lazy Magician Card Trick" - there's one point that hasn't been mentioned.

That might not have been the method that Kreskin utilized.

After Loretta cuts the face-up deck twice, she's asked to turn the deck face down, and turn over the TOP CARD: it's hers!

There is NO patter of "the card is rising up through the deck..it's 42nd from top, now 34th, and so on" . It's the TOP card. Period.

Now I realize that:
1. This could have just been a very lucky day for Kreskin (I.e. The selected card was cut to the top of the deck).
2. Or, there might have been multiple failures, and only this successful attempt aired.

Furthermore, while experimenting at home, the exact outcome of the trick on the Kreskin DVD can SOMETIMES be brought about by a single "magic card" on the bottom of the deck (and NOT by using a stack or a back-of-cards, as in the usual "Lazy Magician" method).

Any other thoughts on the Kreskin-Piano-Loretta Swit routine? Do you think it was simply the standard "Lazy magician" card trick?
Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Jul 11, 2015 10:03PM)

My error. As per the above FIRST post, Kreskin does use the PATTER of "your card is rising up through the deck"....but the selected card does not end up being at a certain number in the deck....instead, it turns out to be the TOP CARD of the face-down deck.
Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Jul 11, 2015 10:06PM)
Hopefully, you can SEE the clip HERE:


if not, do a video search for "Kreskin & Loretta Swit"
Message: Posted by: PaulPacific (Jun 14, 2019 12:11AM)
I know this is a very old thread but can anyone please identify the song Kreskin is playing on the piano? It's quite lovely.
Message: Posted by: greerj (Jun 14, 2019 10:15AM)

Here is the video.

As pointed out before, though, after she cuts the cards face up, she does NOT cut them again once they are face down.
Message: Posted by: Keith Raygor (Jun 14, 2019 10:35AM)
[quote]On Jun 14, 2019, PaulPacific wrote:
I know this is a very old thread but can anyone please identify the song Kreskin is playing on the piano? It's quite lovely. [/quote]
The song title is "Feelings"
Recorded and made a hit in 1975 by Brazilian singer Morris Albert
From Wikipedia: "Feelings" is a song with lyrics written by Brazilian singer Morris Albert, set to the tune of "Pour Toi" separately composed by Louis “Loulou” Gasté in 1957. Albert recorded "Feelings" as a single and later included it as the title track of his 1975 debut album. The song's lyrics, recognizable by their "whoa whoa whoa" chorus, concern the singer's inability to "forget my feelings of love". Albert's original recording of the song was very successful, performing well internationally. In mid-1975, "Feelings" peaked at number 6
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Jun 14, 2019 02:59PM)
That Kreskin sure can tickle the ivories! Very nice and mysterious presentation.
Message: Posted by: PaulPacific (Jun 14, 2019 10:42PM)
Thanks very much Keith.