Curators' Circle

Exclusive | Illusions: The Art of Magic

Illusions

Adolph Friedländer, Comedians de Mephisto Co. Allied with Le Roy-Talma-Bosco, 1905. 186.5 × 266.5 cm. M2014.128.318. McCord Museum

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Curators' Circle

Exclusive | Illusions: The Art of Magic

Tuesday March 24, 2020 | 5:30pm

This exhibition explores the evolution of magic as a performing art at a time when names like Alexander Herrmann, Howard Thurston and, of course, Houdini, were pillars of popular entertainment. Drawn from the McCord Museum’s Allan Slaight Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of rare magic posters and Houdini material, the exhibition also explores how magicians learn their secrets, the role of women in magic, and the appropriation of culture for advertising.

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