Gambling911.com’s Senior International Correspondent Jenny Woo sits down with The Amazing Kreskin to talk about his being blacklisted from all the Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos. Kreskin tells all.
I had the most interesting interview the other day where Jenny can honestly say that the stories I was hearing made me want to be in them. I could have talked to The Amazing Kreskin for days. As you all know I like to do the intimidating but the roles were reversed for Jenny at the beginning. I didn’t know what to expect from “The Amazing Kreskin”. Would he secretly read my mind and find out about my dirty little secrets? Nah! Jenny with dirty secrets? Never. My mind was quickly calmed with his great sense of humor as he also showed his excitement for life. Read my interview with a man that has fascinated many, who has done his share to help where he’s been needed and his 2013 Predictions. Don’t forget to look for his book, “Conversations with Kreskin” at Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.
JENNY: Let’s get to the question that I’d really and I’m sure our reader’s would like to know. The rumor is is that you’re blacklisted from all casinos in Vegas and Atlantic City. I have to ask, how on earth did you manage that and when were you blacklisted? And are .you allowed to make appearances in casinos in those areas?
KRESKIN: Jenny, I’ll tell you what happened. First of all, I’m not a fortuneteller. I’m a thought-reader. People have who have seen me at the Riviera last year, at the other casinos headlining around the world or who have seen me on television know what I do. Such as - I was on Jimmy Fallon a couple of weeks ago and Fox and Friends last week - is that I read people thoughts. They have to concentrate so I can read their thoughts.
I have a new book out and I’m very excited about it. It’s called “Conversations with Kreskin” and it’s just been released a couple of weeks ago. You can look for it on Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles. I talk about some of my gaming experiences.
The real story is about a month and a half ago there was a book on the Internet called Las Vegas, The Untold Stories. It’s by John Romero who is a legend in Las Vegas because he worked, built, and was involved with some of the biggest casinos in recent decades. John Romero wrote this book about Las Vegas and he has built an entire chapter to me. Let me tell you as he unfolds the story of my walking. Years ago, not now but 40 years ago, when he first got to know me because I perform in Vegas all the time.
I walk into a couple different casinos and I’m standing about to play blackjack. The pit was crowded with people, not just with the pitmen and dealers but others. They come up to Kreskin and said, “Are you The Amazing Kreskin?” I said, “Yes.” They said, “We want you to leave and don’t come back again.”
Now the bottom line is since the 1960’s, as dealers have told me, my picture has been in the Rose Gallery of casinos not just in Vegas but also all over the place in the Western world. It wasn’t desired that I play poker. Jenny if you think about it, in the game of poker the player is concentrating on his cards. His whole attention is on his cards. I am allowed in many casinos to play blackjack because the dealer doesn’t look at his down cards. They’re dealing out of a shoe and there’s a reflecting device. If there’s an Ace standing up or what have you the dealer can check to make sure he doesn’t have a blackjack. So they don’t really know the cards. Most casinos will let me play blackjack but not all.
Now the other factor is, you and the people who see this interview know that there’s a six to eight deck shoe in most games of blackjack. The dealer doesn’t break that much. The dealer only breaks about one of eight times because of course the dealer has a lot of small cards to play with. But it is the game of poker – and by the way – last year you know you had a couple of national championship poker games in Vegas this past year.
JENNY: Yes, the biggest is the World Series of Poker.
KRESKIN: By the way folks, the gaming industry has been good to me. I enjoy working in Vegas. I’ve worked Atlantic City but mainly Vegas, Reno and what have you. But to some of the youngsters in college, I’d think twice about giving up college to become a professional gambler.
In the next installment…the Amazing Kreskin talks everyone’s favorite subject…POKER.
- Jenny Woo, Gambling911.com Senior International Correspondent