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Quotations from a (5 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: [The Amazing] “Kreskin”

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Red Flag  # 1  “The views expressed are those of the advertiser only. As with any manual on this subject matter, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience. The name, likeness, image, and representation of The Amazing Kreskin are properties of and under license granted by Kreskin, Inc. For novelty and entertainment purposes only. Copyright © 2006 Direct Response Advertising, Inc., 56 West 45 St, New York, NY 10036 All rights reserved

Your Life Path

Red Flag  # 2  “The total of the day, month and year of your birth is called by numerologists the Life Path, Life Lesson, Birth Path, Birth Force or, sometimes, the Destiny number. This number is chosen by nature rather than by you or your parents, and it reflects the season and historical era of your birth. As its names suggest, it shows your mission in life, your life work and what the universe intends for you. It shows the opportunities you must seize in order to make the most of your potential. Following the life path that has been given to you will enable you to avoid continual discord and frustration, and to unfold in the way that is best for your nature. When you find your true place in the world, you will feel at home.

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Your birthdate total is 6.

“Your Life Path of 6 means that your destiny is to serve and to be responsible for the welfare of others. Be it the home, the family or a work situation, your task is to lead the group and make it unified and productive. You’ll be involved with nurturing weaker persons, and you must learn to put the welfare of the group before your own interests. Aspire to be the benign parent figure, a source of guidance and strength. Marriage is ideal for you.

Red Flag  # 3  Numerology based on your name: First_Name Last_Name

The vowel total in your name is 4.

“With 4 as a Motivation number, you need to live an orderly life governed by definite rules. The basic criterion of your life is practicality. Whatever you do must have a definite purpose and payoff. Being an honest, straightforward person, you have no patience with pretense. A product of the old school, you have well- defined loyalties. You value your home and your job, and take pride in your work. Do, however, watch out for a tendency to be narrow-minded.

“Colors and gems have number vibrations, too. Your Motivation color is green and your Motivation gem is the emerald. Wear these when you want to relax and restore your energies.

The Way You Express Yourself

Red Flag  # 4  “The total of all the letters in your full name is variously called the Expression, Mission or Life Purpose number. Composed of both the vowels and the consonants, it represents the blending of your inner and outer selves. It thus shows the natural expression of your goals and desires: what you do best, and, by extension, your talents and career potential. It also indicates how you deal with the outside world: your style of solving problems, getting things done, and negotiating with others to attain what you would consider success.

Your name total is 3.

“The Expression number 3 signifies that you tend to be an outgoing, optimistic and ambitious person. Attractive and charming, you will make your way in life through social contacts. Socially adept and facile with words, you are a natural performer who can handle all kinds of people and situations. You also have an artistic flair. Your strong points are versatility; and the fact that you seldom let life get you down. You need, however, to watch out for a tendency to embellish the truth for effect.

“When you want to be businesslike, try wearing try wearing yellow as your Expression color and the topaz as your Expression gem.

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The Power You Can Achieve in Maturity

“The total of the day, month and year of your birth and your full name at birth is known variously as the Power, Maturity, Reality, Real Self, Final Opportunity, Destiny or Goal Power number. A summation of both your name and your birthdate, this number shows how the two principal streams of energy converge to fulfill the purposes of your true self. The Power number is of great significance because it gives a clue as to what your ultimate life purpose might be.

“This vibration usually becomes manifest only in the later part of your life. In the first half of life it tends to exist only as a potential. In these earlier years you live through many experiences that temper and define your character and aptitudes. Not until the age of 35 or 40 do most people live through enough life events to find their life purpose and develop it to the point where it becomes their main focus and direction. It is then that fulfillment comes. But this is usually achieved only after many false starts, and years of struggling to gain self-knowledge.

“Finding your right place in life is gratifying. If you have not pushed through to this achievement, you can be dissatisfied and unhappy. You may feel at loose ends, without direction, rudderless and ill at ease. But if you have lived your life in accord with the purpose that was meant to be fulfilled in this life, you will find contentment and peace of mind.

“What follows is the mature expression of your Power number. Mature development is not about living out someone else’s idea of what you should be. It has more to do with honoring your own way of being in the world and moving from your own center. It is about trusting the process of unfoldment that exists within each of us and making this your guiding principle.

The total of your name and birth date is 9.

“A Power number of 9 signifies the humanitarian and universalist who knows that we are all brothers and sisters living on one earth. Nine is the archetype of the Reformer who has a broad vision that encompasses everyone, everywhere. Wishing to improve the lot of humankind and of the world, nines serve with willingness and compassion. Possessors of deep and powerful emotions, they work for causes with great energy and enthusiasm because of their vision of what the future can be. They weed the garden of the world in order to prepare the ground for the new growth that they envision. Nines have great personal magnetism through which they are able to influence people. Inspired and inspiring, they teach, counsel and heal. Uncomfortable living a personal life, they are at their best living their lives for the greater good.

Your Subconscious Response

“Your Subconscious Response is related to how many Karma numbers you have. It shows the way you tend to react in emergencies, when you have no time to consult your intellect.

Your Subconscious Response number is 9.

“When the going gets rough, you can either come across in an extremely valuable way, or you can detach yourself completely from the outcome. When others panic, your ability to see the larger picture can give you a calm philosophical attitude. This can bring a much-needed calm and sense of perspective to the situation, but you must guard against a tendency to ignore the plight of others.

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Your Best Activities for the Year

“Your Personal Year number combines your birth month and day with the current year. Personal Year numbers go in a recurring nine-year cycle of development. Each time you go around the cycle you have a chance to do things with added wisdom and skill. Keeping your activities in tune with your current year vibration can make your existence more harmonious and keep your unfoldment upon its intended track.

“Some numerologists believe that the new personal year number begins on January lst of the new year. Others believe that it doesn’t change until your birthday on that year, so that up until your birthday you would be using the personal year number for the preceding calendar year.

Red Flag  # 5 Your Personal Year number beginning on Jan 1 2009 is 17/8

“After the pause and retreat of a 7 year, an 8 year is a public and social time when you become once more deeply engaged with the tangible, outward world. An 8 Personal Year is specially suited for power and achievement. In this phase of the cycle, all that you’ve worked for can come to fruition in the form of material gain and public recognition. You can think of it as a time of harvest. If you’ve planted the seeds and followed through in the previous years, your 8 year will be one of rewards and satisfaction arising from a job well done. You’ll still have to push for the outcome that you envisioned, but it will materialize this year if you’ve done the work. You may find yourself organizing and administrating on a greater scale than usual, working with people and materials to achieve highly visible results. The keyword for this year is Consolidation.

Your Personal Year number beginning on Jan 1 2010 is 9

“In a 9 Personal Year, the cycle of Personal Years comes to an end. This is a year to harvest the remaining crop before it rots, time to tie up all the old cycle’s loose ends. So clear the decks and weed the garden. Whatever you have put off, you need to finish it now. Next year you’ll be starting a new cycle, and you don’t want the detritus of the old cycle to impede your progress. Like the 5 Personal Year, this is a pivotal time, one that is appropriate for change. Now you can reinvent yourself, lose weight, toss out old stuff, and get rid of old habits. As people and things fall away because they are no longer appropriate, you may experience this as a year of loss. Say a graceful good-bye, and open yourself to the new cycle to come.”

Please remember, the quotations above are from the SCAM letter from “Kreskin” _not_ by

Red Flag  # 1  Did you read the fine print above?! Seems The Amazing “Mentalist” has a good lawyer? He admits this whole ‘letter’ is intended as nothing more than “entertainment.” I’m sure the print is very small simply to save both ink and paper! (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

I think the following three sentences are especially important:
“There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience.”
“The name, likeness, image, and representation of The Amazing Kreskin are properties of and under license granted by Kreskin, Inc.”
“For novelty and entertainment purposes only.”

Red Flag  # 2  OK, which way is it? The first definition says “Your Life Path” number is “The total of the day, month and year of your birth”. I have no idea how this “Amazing Kreskin” can come up with a single digit number (6). It’s fairly safe to assume that this SCAM letter will be sent to people born no earlier than 1900 as that would make them around 110 years old when my aunt got the letter. So the total, as defined in the sentence would be a minimum of 1902 (1900 + 1 [January] + 1 [the first day of the month]. That is a bit larger than the "6" that is claimed. There is, apparently, when we are told that, “This number is chosen by nature rather than by you or your parents,”. So, what is all this business about the total of the day,... ? My only explanation is that this “Amazing Kreskin” guy is just plain amazing! (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  Oops! Looks like another math problem! The first and last name used in the SCAM letter has a total of six vowels in it. However, the “Amazing Kreskin” claims it is four. Seriously, counting the vowels is very simple, however, it is possible Mr. Kreskin actually meant to say the total different vowels in the name he used, In that case, four is correct because the same vowel is repeated a number of times. Still raises a concern for me since this guy should be ‘amazing’ enough to know how to tell us how the number is determined. (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  Here we go, again! The “Express Yourself” ‘score’ is supposed to be the “total of all the letters in your full name”. Both the first and the last name used in this SCAM, both have more than three letters! The actual total of all the vowels and consonants is nearly four times that! No real explanation of where the "3" may have come from! The letter has already claimed there are four vowels! How would adding the consonants end up being a smaller number? Maybe this is what’s called ‘New Math␁?! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  I went back and double-checked the original SCAM letter to be sure I had not misquoted it. The red flagged paragraph and the one following it are intended to do nothing more than totally confuse. They are nothing but double-speak and nonsense to any rational person. The ‘magic numbers’ are simply pulled out of thin air. There is absolutely no logical explanation even attempted for how they are computed. (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

The whole point of this SCAM seems to be to convince you that the “Amazing Kreskin” can provide you with a list of weekly numbers that can be used to somehow solve any problem you can imagine. There are four pages of columns of numbers for each week of the year. Apparently, you can ‘subscribe’ to his service and be provided with these numbers forever. There will be, of course, a fee for the lists. How many red flags do you want to find before considering this SCAM to be something to simply throw into the trash? Frankly, this is one of the most unbelievable and complicated SCAMs I’ve come across. It doesn’t even sound interesting!

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