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Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjuror (1904)
"Le thaumaturge chinois" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Short, Fantasy  |  30 April 1904 (USA)
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A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog ... See full summary »

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A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear. The conjurer spins the open parasol in front of himself, and a dog leaps out from behind it. The dog becomes a woman, then a second woman appears. The conjurer sits them each on a box a few feet apart: suddenly the women have changed places. The disappearing and the transfers continue in front of a simple backdrop. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Effects in this film were achieved with a combination of double exposure, theatrical tricks (standard live theatrical illusions), clever make-up and heavy editing techniques (many of the them invented or perfected by Melies). See more »

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Edited into Méliès, los Orígenes (1996) See more »

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Melies the Magician
5 July 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

Another one of French wizard Georges Melies countless number of early twentieth-century films, this one resembles many other films of the time in being a reproduction of a stage act. Melies plays a Chinese conjurer who performs various feats of magic on-stage. The trouble with this film is that it uses trick photography to perform the tricks which, when you think about it, pretty much defeats the object. It's not a magic trick when it's performed by camera trickery - it's a camera trick. Still, this kind of thing seemed to please audiences back then so I suppose it's churlish to complain. Ten lines - that equates to two-and-a-half lines for each minute of film...


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