Wednesday, October 9, 2019

And the WINNER is...

Okay, here we go! The winner of the early copy of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski is...

Keith Ahlstrom

Keith correctly identified Patrick Culliton as "a performer at the Magic Castle who calls himself Houdini's Ghost." Congratulations Keith! Your book will be mailed from the publisher.

My thanks to everyone who entered.

As promised, below are the answers.

In his search for Houdini, author Joe Posnanski encounters:
  1. A woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician. (Dorothy Dietrich)
  2. An Italian who revives Houdini’s most famous illusion every night. (Andrew Basso)
  3. A performer at the Magic Castle who calls himself Houdini’s Ghost. (Patrick Culliton)
  4. A man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend’s name alive. (John Cox)

For those who didn't win, know you can still get the book on October 22 by pre-ordering at and (UK release Oct. 31). Author Joe Posnanski will also be doing a book tour where you can get a signed copy. Click here for the schedule.

Thank to Avid Reader Press for allowing me to hold this giveaway.



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    1. Know my methodology of selecting a winner was very scientific. I put all the correct entries on small slips of paper, crumpled them up, and shook them all up in a glass. I then poured them in front of my cat. The first one she sniffed was the winner. :)

    2. If only there was a way to put catnip on my slip!

  2. Thank your can too Shades of Jinx ;-)