Kreskin predicts 2003 headlines
NEW YORK (CNN) -- As 2002 drew to a close, the Amazing Kreskin spoke Tuesday to CNN Anchor Carol Lin about what the new year will bring.
KRESKIN: How are you, Carol?
LIN: I'm doing great. But you already knew that, didn't you?
KRESKIN: Yes, I should have known that. Do you realize this is a decade -- this is the 10th year that [we've been] doing this? You folks came to me 10 years ago with this crazy idea. I'm a thought reader, not a fortuneteller. But we've gotten some extraordinary responses.
I have to quickly mention, because I still feel the same way about [former New York Mayor Rudolph] Giuliani, and I said last year, it will not be the next term but the following presidential election, I am convinced he will run, and I think he will win. And when I said this last year, Page One, front page of The New York Times had this as a story, and maybe even here we're making headlines.
LIN: What is amazing about your prediction -- I wouldn't be surprised if he ran for office again, but you said he's going to run on the Democratic ticket.
KRESKIN: Well, he will be offered -- he will be offered the Democratic vote, and there will be a tremendous attempt to tempt him. I don't think it's going to work because I think he's loyal to his party. But you want to know something? He is a person of all parties.
On the other side of the coin, I know this is going to surprise some folks, and while I've appeared on television, on ["The Late Show With] David Letterman," this is not why I'm saying this. I think Martha Stewart is going to within a year or year-and-a-half emerge, and hear me when I say this, as a folk hero. That seems strange. We're a forgiving country. We're not forgiving the Enron people. ...
LIN: A folk hero?
KRESKIN: Yes, and remember that I said this, because people -- now on the other side of the coin, I don't know who in the world his PR person is, I mean, we loved his music, but Michael Jackson is not going to fare as well.
Hear what I'm saying: He's going to emerge in some months in an attempt to do stage magic. Mind you, I mean the art of the professional stage magician. It's going to be so successful that everyone is going to hope he is going to disappear immediately on his first appearance, and then I suspect he might consider or be offered the job in a movie playing Frankenstein, end of social comment. We'll move on from there. I don't mean that cruelly.
LIN: You mean that literally.
KRESKIN: Well, we won't go on.
By the way, trends fascinate me, because in two months, the airline industry is going to announce that I will have flown 3 million miles. That's more than any commercial pilot in the United States, I understand. ... I think I sense trends as I travel.
This is going to surprise everyone: We will see a new interest, after 40 years, in Hawaiian music. Some can say that's a regression. I don't think so. It may be a repression change.
LIN: In what sort of moment did that come to you?
KRESKIN: Well, I've been around the world, and I hear music, and I have an extraordinary hearing problem. My hearing is a high threshold. Noise gets to me.
The other thing, the biggest expanding industry, and I know you've mentioned it on CNN, on some of the financial programs, I don't think the public realizes: It is the gaming and gambling industry. The danger is -- when it hits, and it will hit our Internet and our computers, people are going to be able to gamble at home. That is going to present monumental problems because money will go out without [gamblers] thinking.
The other thing is [that] smaller casinos will survive because many casinos -- and hear this -- are thinking, believe it or not, of removing blackjack and all card games from their casino setting because slot machines play faster. ...
LIN: Let me ask you about gambling. Getting back to politics, we were talking about Rudy Giuliani. What about Hillary Clinton? What do your vibes tell you?
KRESKIN: First of all, I got annoyed when I was asked about her and Bill Clinton because they'll stay together, they'll stay together because people are in love not only [because of] what they do, but in spite of what they do. And I think she's going to continue successfully in the area of politics. I think she will become a statesman. There are not many statesmen today. ...
For the Yankees, and two years ago I said on this network, and ESPN mentioned it many times, that the Yankees would be in the World Series, but they would lose, and that season they were, and they lost. This year, it's a different loss. They will lose at the end of the year Joe Torre, their manager for about a decade. He is going to retire, and the man has certainly proved to be a legend.
LIN: Oh, God.
KRESKIN: As far as the war? ... Religious wars have taken a long time. This could be from 10 to 16 years. But I will say this: With all of my traveling, the worst thing ... government has done to security is add this optional or arbitrary searching of every 10 or 15 individuals entering an airplane. They are destroying the desire to fly because it's signaling people, "If we didn't find a terrorist in this one out of 10, what about the other nine people?" It's ridiculous. Search everybody or no one. ...
I have a lot to say because I've spent time flying all over the world. I suspect our time is running out. But can I tell you about a prediction in my life?
LIN: In one sentence?
KRESKIN: Very, very shortly, you're going to see me on commercial television with a duck. Figure that out: Of all the people to be involved in that duck, it's Yours Truly this year.
LIN: All right, well, I'll be glad you will be "feathering your nest" along with the rest of us.
KRESKIN: Happy New Year.
LIN: Happy New Year. The Amazing Kreskin, we'll keep track of your predictions.