Friday, March 1, 2013


Here are the five winners of a free U.S. paperback edition of Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini by Christopher Sandford, courtesy of publisher Palgrave Macmillan and WILD ABOUT HARRY.

Kevin O'Donnell
Riverwoods, IL

Tom Interval
San Diego, CA

Kenneth Trombly
Washington, DC

Marc Gelman
Toronto, ON

David Sweeney
Memphis, TN

Congratulations to the winners! Your names and addresses have been forwarded to the publisher who will send out your books. Thanks to everyone (35 total) who entered the drawing.

Now, here are the answers to our entry questions:

  1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Name the title of at least one book that teamed-up Houdini and Holmes in a fictional adventure.  The Pandora Plague, The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man, Sherlock Holmes and the Houdini Birthright, and Pulptime are all books that feature Houdini and Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was played by which famous actor in the 1976 television movie, The Great Houdinis? Peter Cushing, fresh off the set of Star Wars, played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Great Houdinis.
  3. Name at least one mistake Lady Doyle made when she supposedly contacted Houdini's mother during their Atlantic City seance? Lady Doyle made the sign of the cross, wrote in English, and also made no mention of the fact that it was her birthday.

Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini can be purchased at You can read my review HERE.


  1. Excellent!! I seldom win anything, so this is fantastic! Thanks for having this contest. Can't wait to read the book.

    1. Yes, I was very happy for you when I your name came up. All on the level, I promise! :)

  2. Let me add my thanks as well. Really looking forward to the book.

    1. I was happy to see you win, Marc, as you were my only entry from Canada.

  3. The publisher rep tells me the winners "will receive their copies within a week or so."

  4. I received mine via UPS yesterday (March 11). Thanks again for having this contest, John! First time my name was drawn for anything in an awful long time. Looking forward to reading it.

    1. Excellent! Thanks for letting me know the book arrived, Tom. Enjoy it. It's a fantastic book.

  5. Just got mine.
    I'm in the middle of selling of all my magic collection, but this is a keeper. It'll go along side "Houdini!"," The Houdini Code", & "Teller of Tails" at my new diggs.
    Thank you,
    David Sweeney



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