21 Dec Giveaway

Kreskin at The River Run Centre, photo courtesy of Collen Clack

Yesterday afternoon,  I sat in the River Run Centre’s Main Stage theatre and witnessed  The Amazing Kreskin in action. Yes, he found his cheque. Yes, he knew a volunteer had cut 19 cards from the top deck during a trick. And yes, he convinced more than a dozen people they were freezing cold despite sitting under blazing stage lights. Impressive to say the least.

I’ve seen mentalists before and found them entertaining, but I nearly fell out of my seat when Kreskin nailed my brother-in-law’s license plate and wedding anniversary — pinpointing the month, day and year. The 75-year-old mentalist then sent shivers down my spine when he asked my brother-in-law, “What’s Le Manzinaie?” Like you’d pull that word out of thin air.

It’s a the name of  the Tuscan villa where our family stayed during a once-in-a-lifetime European trip. They had sent everyone in the family an email just the other day, and the villa was on all our minds.

How’d Kreskin do it? I don’t want to know.

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So, doing away with random number generators, Dine-o-matic and personal bias, I’m going to ask you to tune into my wavelength to win a  prize.

Here’s the deal:  I’ve gone to my copy of a The New Best of Better by Marcy Goldman and selected a recipe. Leave a comment guessing the page number (the book has 324 pages). The TWO people closest to either page number (without going over) will get a free subscription to Marcy’s membership-based, online magazine These subscriptions are courtesy of Marcy Goldman, one of Canada’s best and most practical pastry chefs.

I’ll announce the winners on December 24th. Then, in the new year, I’ll bake the recipe I selected, post the results and pass on the baking tips Marcy shared with me in a recent interview. Sound good?

Okay then. Ready, set, THINK!

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  • Terry (from Beamsville, lol)
    Posted at 11:01h, 21 December Reply

    Oooh, this is fun. Okay, can I please pick 277. Thanks.

  • Amy Proulx
    Posted at 11:24h, 21 December Reply

    Oh oh! If a subscription includes her Majestic and Moist Honey Cake recipe, I’m in! It’s our favorite everyday cake.

    Hmmmmm…. I’m going for page 24, to coincide with the date for the draw.

    And Charmian, can you use your Kreskin-like mental powers to guess what we were doing yesterday? Something to do with raisins, seeds and rosemary. They are SOOO good! I couldn’t keep the surprise until our Christmas eve wine and cheese around the tree.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 12:06h, 21 December Reply

      Amy, my keen mental powers tell me you were baking Rosemary, Raisin & Pecan crisps. Am I right? What do I win?

      • Amy Proulx
        Posted at 12:24h, 21 December Reply

        @Charmian Christie, I’d say you win my admiration for posting such a yummy recipe.

  • Daniel
    Posted at 12:17h, 21 December Reply

    I’m in too Charmian!! I guess page 109. But let me tell you, I have minimal psychic powers. I can’t even take a hint. :)

    Casual Kitchen

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:26h, 21 December Reply

      Oh Dan, I’m tempted to award you a subscription just for making me laugh.

  • Katerina
    Posted at 12:26h, 21 December Reply

    Lol! What a hilarious segway. I am going with 72!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:27h, 21 December Reply

      Consider yourself entered and glad you liked my tenuous link between Kreskin and cooking.

  • Elisabeth N.
    Posted at 12:37h, 21 December Reply

    How about 35.

  • The Diva on a Diet
    Posted at 13:22h, 21 December Reply

    Oh how cool! I love this kind of stuff and would really love to see Kreskin live some time.

    As for my guess, I’m going with page 15.

    *I have been known for some psychic flashes but, sadly, only as pertains to impending disasters. I don’t know if my capabilities extend to cookies! 😉

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 13:28h, 21 December Reply

      Where were you when I was setting the microwave aflame?

  • Susan Hoffman
    Posted at 14:11h, 21 December Reply

    I’ll choose page 27 because there were 27 family members at my in-laws’ Christmas celebration yesterday. I saw Kreskin in Kitchener a few years ago, and he was somewhat spooky with accurate observations about people in the audience!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:46h, 23 December Reply

      Wow, I’m tempted to give you a subscription based on sheer volume. Great reason for selecting page 27.

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 15:43h, 21 December Reply

    I say … 208.

    No reason, so I am going to say that it is my psychic powers.

    Happy Holidays,


  • JenB
    Posted at 15:51h, 21 December Reply

    Page 197. No reason!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:47h, 23 December Reply

      I’ve got you down for 197. No reason is reason enough.

  • Monique
    Posted at 16:32h, 21 December Reply

    Well I have a Passion For Baking~

    I love Marcy Goldman.. when I first started getting interested in recipes online..her site was so helpful..and so was she..she answered every e-mail..herself~
    I’ll guess page 270.. Winging it~

    Great idea..

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:48h, 23 December Reply

      Thanks for the feedback on Marcy’s site. Great to hear.

      And you’re down for 270.

  • Helen Lammers-Helps
    Posted at 20:07h, 21 December Reply

    I’ll pick page 60 if it’s not taken.

  • Jill
    Posted at 21:06h, 21 December Reply

    47. Please and thank you!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:49h, 23 December Reply

      Great number. It’s our family’s lucky number. Hope it’s lucky for you, too.

  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 22:51h, 21 December Reply

    I was going to take 47, but that is what I get for not getting to my e-mail until the late hours.
    Please put me down for the psychically chosen 17 of yesterday. It is my lucky number.
    If you think you were blown away with Kreskin imagine how I felt!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:49h, 23 December Reply

      When I saw Jill took 47 I knew you’d slap your head. You’re down for 17 — the number Kreskin honed in on…

  • Laura
    Posted at 00:58h, 22 December Reply

    I love her recipes as well! My favourite bread is made from her Montreal bagels recipe which I started doing when I didn’t have enough time to make bagels.

    After some internal reflection, I’m picking page 185.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:50h, 23 December Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion of her Montreal Bagels. Good to know it works as bread.

      And page 185 is yours.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 11:21h, 22 December Reply

    I have know mentalist abilities, I’m going the Price is Right route. I pick 112.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:51h, 23 December Reply

      Works for me. You’re down for 112. And remember to neuter or spay your pets.

  • Turner
    Posted at 13:45h, 22 December Reply

    I can SMELL those shortbread cookies! Oh, YUM! My guess is going to towards the back of the book, just because: page 234.

    I love your blog, Christie. You make me more adventurous and a better cook!


    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:53h, 23 December Reply

      Turner, that’s the nicest comment I’ve ever received. And my commenters are a great bunch of folks. Thanks so much.

      And you’re locked into 234.

  • Dana McCauley
    Posted at 09:16h, 23 December Reply

    I can’t believe he’s still working – that’s just incredible.

    Fun contest!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 11:54h, 23 December Reply

      I know! When we saw he was coming we just HAD to go. Figure he’ll slow down soon as he’s 75. But he still does about 200 shows a year. And he’s sharp as a tack.

  • Maryke
    Posted at 10:24h, 23 December Reply

    I’m hoping that page 254 is bang on :0)

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