Born George Joseph Kresge in 1935, the Amazing Kreskin is a famous mentalist who rose to popularity during the 1970s and still performs live shows today. Kreskin works off the power of suggestion to "read minds" and make bold predictions. He stresses that what he does is a form of entertainment, not supernatural; he's not a psychic.
From 1970 to 1975, Kreskin's television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United States. He appeared on The Tonight Show 61 times from 1970 to 1980. In the 1980s and '90s he came to prominence again through several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.
Mentalists rely on the power of suggestion to glean information from audience members. Thus, keen communication skills are essential.