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The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

Escamotage d'une dame au théâtre Robert Houdin (original title)
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A woman disappears on stage.

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An elegantly dressed man enters through a stage door onto a set with decorated back screen, a chair and small table. He brings a well-dressed women through the door, spreads a newspaper on the floor, and places the chair on it. She sits and fans herself; he covers her with a diaphanous cloth. She disappears; he tries to conjure her back with incomplete results. Can he go beyond the bare bones of a conjuring trick and succeed in the complete reconstitution of a the lady? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Vanishing Lady
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Vanishing Lady, The (1896)

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aka Escamotage de'une dame chez Robert-Houdin

A magician (played by Melies) brings a woman out on stage and makes her disappear and then he puts a skeleton in a chair and turns it back into the woman. This is a pretty entertaining little film, which shows various things that the director would go onto work with in the future. Of course, the magic scene has always been a big part of the director's career and the trick done here is very nice, although it's easy to spot the edit. The use of a skeleton would also be used countless times by the director in future films. The trick lasts just over a minute and will certainly keep a smile on your face.


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