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George Joseph Kresge, Jr., better known as The Amazing Kreskin, (born January 12, 
1935 in Montclair, New Jersey) is a mentalist who became popular on North         
American television in the 1970s. He was inspired by Lee Falk's famous comic       
strip Mandrake the Magician, which features a crime-fighting stage magician, to   
become a mentalist himself.                                                       
From 1971 to 1975, his television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was         
broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United   
States. The series was produced in Ottawa, Ontario at the CJOH-TV studios. An     
additional set of episodes was produced in 1975, billed as The New Kreskin Show.   
In the 1980s and 1990s, he came to prominance again through several appearances   
on Late Night with David Letterman.                                               
He is still active as a live performer, and appears annually on CNN to give his   
New Year's Day predictions for the coming year. One of his best known tricks is   
finding his check for a performance, which he instructs his hosts to hide before   
each show. He has failed to find the check nine times. Kreskin has acknowledged   
that he has no paranormal powers, however Kreskin's name has become somewhat       
synonymous with psychic prediction.