Award-winning carver Gene Granata of MasterpiecePumpkins.com
started calling pumpkin carving a "business" to justify the excessive amount of time he was spending on his year-round hobby. This carving was inspired by The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California—a place Granata remembers fondly. "It was an exclusive magicians-only gathering place that my father-in-law performed at," he says.
This piece was completed on an artificial pumpkin with a Dremel rotary tool, X-Acto knives, and precision saws. "I also had an air compressor handy to clear away the carving dust," says Granata.
Enter the TOH Pumpkin-Carving Contest