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The Amazing Criswell

Personal information
Birth nameJeron Criswell Konig
Birth dateAugust 7, 1907
Place of birthPrinceton, Indiana, U.S.
Date of deathOctober 4, 1982(age 75)
Death placeBurbank, California, U.S.
Cause of deathCardiac arrest
Resting placePierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
ResidenceThe Highland Towers Apartments at 1922 N. Highland Avenue (in the early part of the 1950's)
Other namesJeron Criswell King
Charles Criswell King
OccupationShowman, actor, writer, seer
Years active1950s - 1970s
Known forMaking erroneous predictions, predicting the future on TV, radio, books, records and in newspapers and as a narrator and actor in the films of Ed Wood Jr.
Notable worksCriswell Predicts From Now to the Year 2000! (author) Plan 9 From Outer Space (narrator and actor)
Television programmeCriswell Predicts
SpouseHalo Meadows

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:For the mentalist Kreskin (born 1935), see The Amazing Kreskin.

Jeron Criswell King (August 18, 1907 - October 4, 1982), born Jeron Criswell Konig, and known by his stage-name The Amazing Criswell (c-eniconˈkrɪzwɛl), was an American psychic known for wildly inaccurate predictions. In person, he went by Charles Criswell King, and was sometimes credited as Jeron King Criswell.

Criswell was flamboyant with spit curled hair, a stentorian style of speaking, and a sequined tuxedo. He owned a coffin in which he claimed to sleep. He grew up in a troubled family in Indiana with relatives who owned a funeral home, and said that he became comfortable with sleeping in caskets in the storeroom. The casket appeared in one of Ed Wood's later works, the 1971 pornographic film, Necromania.

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