- Hi all,
- In case that you haven't heard, Kreskin has predicted
that a MAJOR UFO sighting will take place on Thursday night between 9:50
-12:00 near the Silverton Hotel in Las Vegas. He claims that this will
be a "world class" event and has posted a $50,000.00 guarantee
that it will happen. Don't hold your breath!...But who knows, maybe he
has some inside information.
- Bill and All:
- Kreskin is a "mentalist" and hypnotist and
none of the things he does has anything to do with psychic powers. His
illusions are all well established tricks which can be found in books available
from any good magic store. Take it from someone who was a wanna be magician
as a kid and who still gets magic trick catalogs today.
- With the advent of the giant magic shows on the strip
in Vegas, Kreskin's act pales in comparison and he is on the downside of
a career and needs all the publicity he can get. He used to be a mainstay
on all the talk shows, but those shows have moved on to younger, better
looking illusionists with much fancier tricks which haven't been seen a
thousand times before.
- Here is my perspective on the situation, $50,000 is a
relatively cheap payment for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in air
time Kreskin has amassed from this "prediction." Being in the
broadcast business, I can tell you that no average person would have been
able to buy that much time. Plus the buzz he has created with the UFO/paranormal
Internet crowd has been enormous, I couldn't even begin to estimate the
value of that publicity.
- He has done a fine job of promoting himself in a unique
way and my hat is off to him for his cleverness. Even people I know who
aren't interested in UFOs have mentioned to me they have heard of Kreskin's
prediction are are waiting to see if it comes true.
- Now, the really interesting part is what is going to
happen. I can assure you he is not a mind reader or psychic, so that leaves
him either missing the prediction and paying out the $50,000 to charity
(which is of course tax deductible) or he has something planned to make
reports flood into UFO reporting lines. The latter would be the most difficult,
but most magicians work with assistants of one type. I would not put it
past such a person to hire dozens of people to make calls to the UFO lines.
And remember that the magic community is a very close knit and tight lipped
one, so those hired from within the community would not be likely to tell
- Another scenario is that the stimulation of everyone
being alerted to a possible mass UFO wave (via Kreskin's publicity wave)
could itself cause the numbers to jump. Don't forget too that there are
numerous professional companies that specifically design and build high
tech illusions for magicians. It is perfectly well within reason that numerous
computer controlled show lasers could be deployed in various parts of the
country and used to create visual effects good enough to be mistaken for
UFOs. But, frankly, I believe that this would be far more expensive than
paying out the 50,000 tax deductible dollars to charity.
- And how about THE KRESKIN/SECRET GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY?
Ha, ha! I'll let you guys fill in any kind of story you can come up with
on this one, I'm sure it would be far better than anything I could dream
- Plus, has anyone seen IN WRITING the actual terms of
the donation? He could be giving away $50,000 but spread over how many
years? Is it like the lotteries and Publishers Clearing House, where you
really don't get it all up front, but in installments?
- I am reminded of the Great Randi and our old UFO debunking
friend Phil Klass. If you read their contracts that detail what one has
to do to collect their large reward for "proof," you find that
it would be almost impossible for ANYONE to collect!!! The Klass contract
was at one time on the internet, should anyone want to go hunting. EXACTLY
what does the Kreskin contract (if there even is one) say? Who is going
to do the judging? What information sources are going to be used? There
are a great number of simple questions that no one seems to be asking.
- The point being that any way you slice it, Kreskin is
going to come out on top from all the publicity he has whipped up for himself.
His bookings have likely already increased from all the hoopla. As a former
wanna' be illusionist, I've got to hand it to him, he's done an excellent
job of self promotion. But that same wanna' be illusionist wants to know,
"What's behind the curtain?"
- From GregLauver@aol.com
- Hey Burt,
- Maybe Kreskin's got something there after all, and SETI
is the wrong approach. With his dog-and-pony show he could generate a lot
of enthusiasm. When it comes to the expectations of the humans of Planet
Earth, size really does matter. This could be just what the aliens have
been waiting for, instead of a mass of sour-faced cynics who already have
all the "answers."
- An Ace For Kreskin?
- From Mike Nelson
- Super-Balloon To Be Launched From New Mexico This Week
June 2, 2002
- ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A pumpkin-shaped
super-balloon 235 feet tall and 400 feet in diameter will be launched from
New Mexico's eastern plains this week in a NASA test.
- The test is part of a program to develop a balloon capable
of carrying scientific instruments to the edge of space and keeping them
there for months at a time.
- If conditions are right, the helium-filled Ultra Long
Duration Balloon could be visible across large areas of New Mexico.
- Eventually, the balloon could circle Antarctica for up
to 100 days, said Henry Cathey, manager of the program for the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- To test the hardware, Cathey and his colleagues plan
to launch the balloon for a day or so.
- Depending on weather, the launch could be as early as
Monday, Cathey said. It takes calm air to get the huge balloon aloft, he
- Once airborne, the balloon will rise into high-altitude
winds that should carry it west; it could go as far as the Arizona-California
border, Cathey said.
- In addition to the balloon itself, the researchers will
be testing new radios that use NASA satellites to communicate with ground
controllers, he said.
- Fort Sumner is one of the high-altitude balloon launch
centers run by NASA's National Scientific Balloon Facility. Headquartered
in Palestine, Texas and managed by New Mexico State University, the center
uses giant balloons to carry scientific payloads to the upper reaches of
- In addition to permanent launch sites in Palestine and
Fort Sumner, the team regularly uses temporary launch sites in Canada,
Alaska, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica to launch 25 balloons
- Researchers use the balloons to study cosmic rays streaming
through space. Earth's atmosphere screens them, so the only way for physicists
to study them is to get their instruments close to outer space.
- In December, the Ultra Long Duration Balloon team plans
to go to Australia to try a 15-day flight, Cathey said.
- The first 100-day flight is currently scheduled for December
2003 in Antarctica.
Okay folks... remember... we're not watching for a large balloon! No more
than the Phoenix lights were army flares. Kreskin predicts the largest
UFO sighting in recent history, so it has to out-do the Phoenix lights
and the 1990 Mexico City UFO sightings. A weather balloon will not likely
be mistaken for the largest UFO sighting in recent history. - ed
- From Joe Cundari
- Hi Jeff,
- You mentioned on Tuesday's broadcast that Kreskin has
predicted a major UFO sighting for Thursday night near Las Vegas. Interestingly
enough, on Wednesday, the Dept. of Energy will conduct a 'subcritical'
nuclear test 1,000 feet underground near Las Vegas, Nevada. Historically,
a link seems to exist between increased nuclear weapons facilities/testing
and the sudden appearance of UFOs.
- Kind regards, Joe
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