On October 22, 1926, master magician Harry Houdini gave the last of a week of performances at Montreal’s legendary Princess Theatre. Nine days later, he died of a ruptured appendix in Detroit. Mysteriously, there were no promotional posters created for this 1926-1927 tour.*
We’re inviting all graphic designers, illustrators, digital artists and anyone interested in poster art to take part in a competition. Prepare your digital pencils and graphic tablets, and let your imaginations run wild. Take inspiration from the exhibition Illusions: The Art of Magic. Create a poster for Houdini’s last show!
THE CONTEST IN 5 STEPS:
1. Find inspiration by visiting the exhibition Illusions: The Art of Magic for inspiration and check out the portfolio.
2. Create your masterpiece!
3. Send your poster (low-resolution – 5 MB) in portrait format 24 x 36 inches format to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight November 12. Only finalists will be required to submit their posters in a high-resolution PDF file with crop mark, CMYK, ready for printing.
4. Selection of finalists and the Grand Prize Winner: A jury of experts from the arts and graphic design community will select four finalists, including a Grand Prize Winner. The selection will be announced on our Facebook page at noon on November 23.
5. Will you be the Public’s Favourite? If your poster was preselected on November 23, invite your friends to vote for your picture on our Facebook page.
Finalists and their friends and families will be invited to the McCord Museum to attend the unveiling of the Grand Prize Winner on Friday, December 8, 2017.
Your poster must include:
- Title of the show: Coast to Coast
- Date: October 18 to 22, 1926
- Location: Princess Theater
- Address: 290 St. Catherine West, Montreal
- The official logo of the McCord Museum
- Dimension: 24 x 36 inches
For more information, including list of prizes, download the contest PDF from the McCord Museum website.
ILLUSIONS: The Art of Magic runs through January 7, 2018. For a list of Halloween events, including screenings of Houdini (1953) and the animated Houdini, visit the events page.
*Not to be a pain, but the famous Buried Alive poster was created for his 1926-27 tour. Ironically, Buried Alive is one of the posters in the McCord exhibition!
UPDATE: Winner of the McCord's Houdini poster contest.