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Saw Kreskin a few days ago at the Toronto Ex.
He's still quite the Showman. Although he does only 4 effects in the performance, it was quite enjoyable to see how he works the audiance on and off the stage.
He's got such a great reputation that the audiance applauded everything he did. Some of the stuff he does was very gutsy, and he gets away with. The audiance loved every bit.
One or two people got up and left, I recognized a few as local magicians. I guess that they came to see tricks and lots of it. I went to see how he worked the audiance, also his presentations and the subtle things he does.
I like the change from spectator pocket prediction---that was gutsy.
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There is no doubt that seeing him live is like watching a masterclass in audience management.
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Even the bad stuff is planned or encouraged... At any time did you see tension between him and one or two of the audience members... A child making too much noise perhaps.
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Very cool that Kreskin is 79 and still performing regularly, doing what he loves! An inspiration to us all!
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Anybody have a link to a video of a Kreskin live performance?

I've tried to find one on Youtube, but no luck.

BTW, I recently saw the movie "The Great Buck Howard."

It's a great movie ... written by a guy who worked as Kreskin's traveling assistant for a couple of months.

I highly recommend that movie if you can find it. It's very obscure, grossed only $750,000 at the box office!
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You can find complete Kreskin TV programs on Hulu.
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On Aug 30, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
You can find complete Kreskin TV programs on Hulu.


Thanks Bob!

I'd also like to see a video of one of his live stage performances.
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You can also read a full review (complete with with photos) of one of Kreskin's recent appearances at the Summer 2014 edition of the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in Toronto, here:

http://canadasmagic.blogspot.ca/2014/08/......cne.html

He's truly inspiring!
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Watched some Kreskin on Hulu, and it's very cool to see how he presents Q&A, revealing thoughts from the audience whilst sitting in a chair, on the set, with his clipboard and a pen.
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If only he could do it that way live.
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Watched some Kreskin on Hulu, and it's very cool to see how he presents Q&A, revealing thoughts from the audience whilst sitting in a chair, on the set, with his clipboard and a pen.


That's EXACTLY the way Dunninger originally presented that version of Q&A, which was originated by Martin Sunshine.

I think it's effect because it conjures up the image of a psychiatrist interviewing a patient, thus adding a "scientific" aura to the act.
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That's EXACTLY the way Dunninger originally presented that version of Q&A, which was originated by Martin Sunshine.



Regardless of venue - radio, TV, stage. Once it works, why change it!

Dunninger's contracts are a great read. He makes the venue supply all the envelopes, paper, pencils and of course, a comfortable upholstered chair.
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Dunninger's contracts are a great read. He makes the venue supply all the envelopes, paper, pencils and of course, a comfortable upholstered chair.


Joe,

Nice piece of trivia. Thank you.

Best,

Scott
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Quite a demanding celebrity Smile

Did he specify whether the pencils had to be sharpened?
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After seeing Bob's post I checked out Kreskin's show on Hulu.

Bob, it is interesting that even back then (what is it, over 40 years?) that people thought that Kreskin was receiving information via his glasses during the
Q & A.

Very interesting!!!

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The question posed to Dunninger was why did he put glasses ON for his Q and A? Smile
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Joe,

For the same reason that I do - to read the billets.

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I thought it was because he could then see more clearly the audience's amazed expressions! Smile
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Joe,

For the same reason that I do - to read the billets.

Best,


Scott


Scott,

Do you really use reading glasses to read billets?

That's a problem I have as I work on my first act.

I have 20/20 vision so I don't need prescription glasses, but I'm old (58) so I can't read anything without reading glasses.

I need them for billets, working with an MD, etc.

I have seen that Richard Osterlind use glasses in his performances on video.

He puts them on and takes them off several times throughout his performances and doesn't make a big deal out of it.

How do you handle that?
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The question posed to Dunninger was why did he put glasses ON for his Q and A? Smile

Do you perform Dunninger's Q&A on your DVD? Would love to see that!
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