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The Great Houdini

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The Great Houdini
(March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926)

Graphite on board 16” X 20” – Steven Paul Carlson – Gicleé prints available

The center portrait was created from Houdini’s favorite publicity photo.

On the left Houdini is performing his “challenge handcuff” act; it was in escapes, not magic, that Houdini would find his great success.

On the right is Houdini’s most famous escape, the Chinese Water Torture Cell.  Houdini affectionately referred to it as The Up Side Down.  Contrary to common belief Houdini did not die performing this act.

In the center are the Famous Mirror handcuffs, a custom set of cuffs made as a special challenge for Houdini by the London Daily Mirror in 1904. It was reported that 4000 people and more than 100 journalists turned out for the much-hyped event at London’s Hippodrome theater. The escape attempt dragged on for over three hours.  When Houdini finally emerged free he broke down and wept when he was paraded on the shoulders of the cheering crowd. Houdini later said it was the most difficult escape of his career.


Harry Houdini

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Harry Houdini
(March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926)

Graphite on board 16” X 20” – Steven Paul Carlson – Gicleé prints available

Caught here in a rare moment of repose Houdini was a Hungarian-American magician and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be supernatural phenomena. For the majority of his career, Houdini performed his act as a headliner in vaudeville. For many years, he was the highest-paid performer in American vaudeville.

Born Erik Ivan Weisz (he would later spell his birth name as Ehrich Weiss) in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874, Houdini later claimed in interviews to have been born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1874.
His parents were Rabbi Mayer Samuel Weisz (1829 – 1892)
and his wife Cecilia Steiner (1841 – 1913).   Houdini was one of seven children.


Professor Steven Paul Carlson’s Traveling Magic & Mystery Show

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Professor Steven Paul Carlson’s traveling magic and mystery show.  Magic that mystifies the mind, enriches the soul, and delights the heart!  Acclaimed by the Crowned Heads of Europe!

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Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

Pastel – Steven Paul Carlson

Suitably named the King of Beasts, the regal stature of this noble monarch is caught here in a moment of repose.  The last rays of the setting Serengeti sun wash across his majestic face and mane.  A nocturnal hunter by nature, the coming crepuscular hour marks the beginning of the lion’s workday.

Revered for its legendary strength and bravery, the lion has been a symbol of supremacy throughout recorded history.  The full grown male conveys a grandeur and self-assurance like no other animal.  His magnificent mane is reminiscent of a king’s ceremonial headdress or an Indian chief’s war bonnet.  His roar, a low grumble building in intensity sends a vibrating signal throughout his domain and literally makes the earth quake.  All these unique qualities, and more, make the lion the undisputed king of beasts, the Monarch of the Animal Kingdom.

Gicleé prints are available.


Panthera Pardus

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Panthera Pardus
Leopard

Every muscle relaxed with paws tucked in close, his lithe body low and snug to the terrain.  Patient and motionless with perfect camouflage the leopard becomes virtually invisible to their prey.  What animal can match this intense focus so unique to the feline?  Whether it’s a big cat or small all cat owners are familiar with this distinct posture and look.

This is a gicleé print hand colored by the artist.  Steven Paul Carlson