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Willie's Magic Wand (1907)

A magician's son plays tricks with his father's magic wand.


(as W.R. Booth)


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Willie's father, a magician, amuses his little son by experiments with a magic wand. Willie yearns to possess the wand and work his father's wonders by its means. He succeeds, appropriates the wand, and departs in search of subjects. Willie wants to play out-of-doors, but a snowstorm prevents. He raises his wand, the storm ceases, the sun shines, and the snow gradually dissolves. Willie touches grannie's face as she sleeps. She awakes, horrified to find herself adorned with complete masculine beard and moustache. Grand-dad, enjoying his paper and soothing liquids. Willie steals behind and touches the tumbler and siphon. Grand-dad, surprised to find a full glass, proceeds to drink, but the fluid turns to flour, which flies over the old man. He collapses on to the floor, whereupon the siphon moves itself to the edge of the table and plays upon grand-dad. Cook is preparing a monster fish for dinner. A touch of Willie's wand, and the fish arises from the table and offers battle to the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





Release Date:

21 March 1908 (USA)  »

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(National Film Archive print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An average trick photography film
16 November 2009 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Judging by F. Gwynplaine Macintyre's review of this film, the version I found on the internet was incomplete as it didn't include any, erm, gender reassignment. The film is a fairly run-of-the-mill trick photography film that doesn't really stand comparison with the quality of work the French were coming out with at the same time, although the exuberance of the mischievous boy is quite amusing.

Having watched a grown-up perform tricks that he - but probably not the audience - finds highly amusing, little Willie chooses to pinch the magician's wand and perform a few tricks of his own. Of course, Willie being a mischievous little boy, these tricks aren't going to be very benign, so it's not long before scullery maids find themselves being slapped around the face by floating fish and a sleeping granny awakens to discover she has grown a beard while she snoozed. Not great stuff, then, but worth a look if you're interested in the early years of British film-making.

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