Sunday, July 8, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Houdini at the opera

The master illusionist looks on. Acrylic by Greg Karas
Toby's fun weekly meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, is back. We look for portals of whimsy and/or otherwise in our travels...today, I return to the old Sterling Opera House in nearby Derby, where the sidewalk level windows are now full of portraits of artists who graced the stage from 1889-1945. This window has the image of the magician and stunt performer with the stage name Harry Houdini, the dapper artist wearing a pair of handcuffs. 

At sidewalk level, there is so much glare that it nearly obscures the performer (although in character he was an illusionist too :)

The artist is Greg Karas of Ansonia, and Patti wrote of this in her newspaper blog - the old and someday to be restored entertainment venue offers a cool exhibit to the lucky patrons who happen to be strolling by...

2 comments:

VioletSky said...

Interestingly, I am actually reading a book explaining Houdini's tricks called Fooling Houdini.

toby said...

I definitely agree that putting him on the reflective window adds a lot to his magical mystique :) Great find!