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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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Pretty freaking amazing, especially for 1896
20 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In all honesty my mouth dropped when I saw this. How in the hell do you manage to do what George Méliès did in freaking 1896? It is absolutely incredible and pretty damn cool! The short film is people doing illusions, making it appear that they made one another disappear then reappear in another place, or a guy jumping of something and when he hits the ground he turns into someone else. Sounds fairly routine by today's standards, but then you realize it was done in 1896 and your mind kind of melts. Huge props to George Méliès for creating this. He must have had a serious passion for film to put forth the amount of work and dedication something like this required.


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