Travelling Exhibition

Until November 8, 2020


The Art of Magic

Travelling exhibition presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, in 2020.

Illusions: The Art of Magic is the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of posters featuring the magic, personalities, and history of master magicians from the Golden Age of Magic (1880s–1930s) ever assembled for public display.

Developed by the McCord Museum and drawn from its Allan Slaight Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of rare magic posters and Houdini material, the exhibition was curated by Christian Vachon, Curator, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, at the McCord Museum, in consultation with David Ben, a world-renowned master magician and magic specialist and collector. A book is available for sale in both French and English.


75 framed posters

  • The McCord Museum will make the transportation arrangements for the incoming and outgoing shipments. Transport costs are the responsibility of the borrower.
  • Exhibition texts in electronic format available in English and French.
  • Audio-visual material available in electronic format. The borrower will be responsible for obtaining rights and will supply audio-visual equipment.
  • McCord staff will be present for installation and dismantling. Travel costs are the responsibility of the borrower.
  • Detailed requirements for display will be supplied.

A richly illustrated and beautifully designed 250-page book, Illusions: The Art of Magic, published by 5 Continents will be available for the venue’s boutique both in English and in French.

A comprehensive media package in English and French will also be available in electronic format.

Requires between 4,000 to 6,000 square feet or 400 to 558 square meters. Seven of the posters presented in one section are 8 feet x 10 feet high with frame. The corresponding crates of approximately 11 ½ x 9 ½ x 3 feet will require a minimum passageway height of 12 feet. Their presentation is optional.

Minimum three months

Starting Fall 2018

Upon request

Geneviève Lafrance, Head, Exhibitions

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