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The Famous Box Trick (1903)

Illusions fantasmagoriques (original title)
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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Famous Box Trick
28 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Famous Box Trick, The (1898)

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aka Illusions fantasmagoriques

In this film Melies plays a magician and we are entertained with various tricks related to a wooden box. As to be expected, the special effects are very good here and they remains very believable even after a hundred years. One of the tricks deals with Melies putting a boy in the box and making him disappear and there's another good gag of splitting the boy in two and making him two different kids. The film runs just over a minute and manages to be very entertaining for that time, although this isn't the greatest magic show the director did.


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