On May 21, 2011, the internet was abuzz with the almost guaranteed predictions by radio evangelist Harold Camping who proclaimed that the world would end on that day. His theories were based on the great Biblical flood of Noah's times.
However, when his prophecies failed and the Rapture did not occur, millions of followers across the world were mystified and some even devastated. There were people who sold their entire savings to live up the last days on earth and then rapture to heaven. Now, they will have to take care of rather more mundane realities -- like finding a house to stay and paying bills.
Later, speaking on his Open forum radio show from California, Camping made an attempt to defend his claims although the events did not happen.
Reasserting the date of the Doomsday, he stated that the world will end quickly on Oct. 21 without any build up.
Commenting on this, the much-publicized Amazing Kreskin said that if we are to respect for even a fleeting second the pronouncement of this holy man and his conviction, we certainly would expect that he turned over every single solitary penny of his possessions to a charity by the day before the end of the world. Not doing that would label his pronouncements as phony as a $3 bill.
The 76-year old mentalist, who became popular on North American television in the 1970s, stated that he had already checked with his own predictions for the year and found nothing regarding this.
Although Kreskin has openly nullified the occurrence of the Doomsday predictions by Camping, a brief scan of the mentalist's own historical records reveals a unique connection between the two.
In 2002, Kreskin made a prediction that there would be a mass-UFO sighting over Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6 and that millions of people will witness the event at around midnight. He even declared that he would donate $50,000 to a charity if no sighting occurred. However, even his predictions failed and upon questioning, Kreskin claimed that there was indeed a sighting that night, and that glowing green orbs were supposedly spotted in the sky just before midnight and reported by witnesses after news camera crews had already left the scene.
Looking at the similar pattern of false predictions and their subsequent reassertions, the masses and the media are led to wonder if such prophecies are but publicity stunts to garner their attention.