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

 -  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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Tchin-Chao, The Chinese Conjurer
24 July 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tchin-Chao, The Chinese Conjurer (1904)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Le Thaumaturge chinois

This time out director Melies plays a Chinaman magician who does a stageshow, which includes putting a woman in a box and a similar box next to her and making the woman appear in the opposite box. You can sometimes tell how these tricks were done, through editing, but the special effects here were very good and I honestly didn't see how the trick was pulled off. The final gag is a funny one but overall this didn't contain enough magic to where I'd call it one of Melies' best films.


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