Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Houdini by Custode

Here is a magnificent woodcut illustration of Houdini by Canadian artist and graphic designer Michael Custode. I think this beautifully captures the drama of a Houdini jail escape, and is a much closer depiction of Houdini's real physique than you normally see in illustrations. In other words, he nails it!

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This image was created with ink and brush on Linetek paper. It appeared in a promo piece for the artist called The Little Book of Strange Canadian Facts.

Thanks to Michael Custode for allowing me to share this here. For more of his work, visit Michael Custode: Illustration and Design.


  1. John Hinson great nephew of Bess and Harry HoudiniMarch 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    What a great scatch its realy best one out there, I hope there more.

    1. There a lot of Houdini art online, but this one really hit me. Love it.

  2. It captures the essence of HH very nicely. The arm is a bit beefy but this is a stylized work.