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The Famous Box Trick (1903)
"Illusions fantasmagoriques" (original title)

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This is one of the most surprising and clever subjects of the entire series. The conjurer causes to appear suddenly on the table a box, from which a boy emerges. He is immediately cut into ... See full summary »

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This is one of the most surprising and clever subjects of the entire series. The conjurer causes to appear suddenly on the table a box, from which a boy emerges. He is immediately cut into two pieces at a blow from the axe of the conjurer. Instead of falling to the floor, the pieces assume the shape of two lively youngsters, who commence to fight with each other. The conjurer, not approving of such conduct, causes one suddenly to disappear. The other boy, whom he takes up in his arms, he dissolves into an English and an American flag, which are vigorously waved by the magician. A most interesting film, sharp and clear. Written by Star Film Catalog (1903)

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Stage and Film Magic
13 March 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Melies started out as a stage magician, but he quickly learned and invented a lot of film magic too, which he uses to great and good effect in this effort: the one where he slices the boy in half is wonderful. It's a thirty-second magic act, little more, but must have been a real jaw-dropper when originally shown.

This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.


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