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Hooligan Assists the Magician (1900)

This is a new adventure in which our friend, Mr. Hooligan, appears in an entirely new capacity. On a stage a professor of magic is performing some wonderful experiments, and when he ... See full summary »

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This is a new adventure in which our friend, Mr. Hooligan, appears in an entirely new capacity. On a stage a professor of magic is performing some wonderful experiments, and when he requests some assistance Happy Hooligan immediately volunteers his services and climbs upon the platform. As he does so, the professor vanishes through the floor and the amateur assistant is left along with nothing but a couple of barrels, which, however, immediately begin to cut up some remarkable capers. They absolutely refuse to be tampered with, and as fast as Mr. Hooligan knocks them over they regain their balance, and during their evolutions, clowns, ghosts, demons, and goblin appear and disappear in an alarming manner; not, however, without each of them having a crack at the unfortunate Hooligan. Finally he captures two of them, only to find when he yanks them out of the barrels they have changed into immense masses of white muslin, which the professor, who now appears again, divides into two ... Written by Edison Films (1901)

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Edison Rips Melies
15 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hooligan Assists the Magician (1900)

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There's no question that French master Georges Melies had a large impact on cinema and there's also no question that other companies were ripping him off left and right. Edison made several rips on Melies and this here is one of them. The film features a magician setting up two large barrels and soon he's being tormented by people coming out of them. When he tries to catch one then another will pop out of the other barrel and so on. At just under 90-seconds this film seems very long simply because of how sloppy certain parts are. Melies films still hold up incredibly well today but that can't be said for this thing as all of the edits are very obviously done and it simply doesn't have the charm of a real Melies film. If anything, people should watch this just to see why Melies was so special.


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