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Sorry if this is old news, but thought you'd enjoy the winner's exploits:


New York, March 20, 2004—Sherri Skanes, a retired school teacher in Ventura, CA, solved the intricate, cryptographic puzzle buried within the pages of magician David Blaine’s New York Times’ bestselling book MYSTERIOUS STRANGER: A Book of Magic.

Hidden throughout MYSTERIOUS STRANGER: A Book of Magic were visual ciphers that, once understood and solved, revealed forty-one clues, and ultimately a twenty-one word riddle that directed Ms. Skanes to a golden orb concealed somewhere in the Hollywood Hills of California. As the person who uncovered the treasure, she was awarded a cash prize of $100,000.00 by Mr. Blaine.

“Blaine’s book was a fascinating look into the history of magic and stunts as well a deeply personal look into David himself,” said Bruce Tracy, Editorial Director of Villard Books and editor of the book. “The treasure hunt embedded in the book is pure Blaine and I’m amazed anyone solved it.”

Skanes, who tested and shared many of her answers on an internet message board devoted to the puzzle, said, “I’ve always been fascinated by puzzles and when I learned of ‘Blaine’s Challenge,’ I decided to give it a try. It was harder than I originally imagined, but when it got down to the final stretch, it became a matter of anagramming, the one puzzling skill I seem to be proficient at. It also took a leap of faith when I found myself counting steps in the Hollywood Hills.”

Blaine added, “We worked so hard on creating this puzzle—I was worried that it wasn’t going to be solved in my lifetime. I am thrilled and relieved to reward Sherri for her hard-work, dedication, and out-of-the-box thinking. Apologies for the poison oak, Sherri. Congratulations.”
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Thanks Mike.

BTW: Do you work for Hocus Pocus?
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Really interesting story. Thanks for relating it.
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