Poster Contest: Houdini – The Last Show - McCord Museum

Poster Contest

Houdini – The Last Show

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!

More than $1,500 in prizes!

In addition to being exhibited at the McCord Museum, the Grand Winner chosen by the Jury will be awarded:

The other three finalists chosen by the Jury will receive:

  • Their poster displayed at the McCord Museum
  • An annual Member+1 membership to the Museum

The winner of the public’s favorite prize, which will be selected from among the finalists, will receive:


  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 to 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 24.
  5. Will you be the Public’s Favourite? If your poster was preselected on November 24, invite your friends to vote for your picture on our Facebook page until December 1.

For all the details of the parameters of participation, click here.

See the contest rules here.

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