Do you like to be surprised?

You voted:

We present to you “The Element of Surprise” reader essay contest. The winner will receive two tickets to the truTV star Michael Carbonaro magic show Feb. 15 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

To enter, submit 100 words or fewer to about a time when you either gave or received a big surprise. A photo accompanying the essay is encouraged but not required. The deadline to enter is Jan. 31.

Submissions will be published in the Victoria Advocate, and the winner will get free tickets to see a show that has wowed audiences from Las Vegas to Atlantic City.

Chris Cobler is the editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at or 361-574-1271.

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