I posted the other day about a hand-cranked wheel cutting engine made by Kevin Wright. If that piece demonstrated his technical side, this one demonstrates his creative side. This mechanical picture depicts the magician Houdini in the classic manner --- that is, with a devilish imp whispering the arcane secrets of magic into his ear. All the great magicians (nearly) had their portraits done in this manner. This one is uniquely expressive. Houdin's eyes and head move, making it appear as if he is considering what his is hearing and perhaps making sure that nobody else overhears.
See more mechanical creations by Kevin Wright on his web site.