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Prolific Magic Egg (1903)

L'oeuf du sorcier ou L'oeuf magique prolifique (original title)
A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a ... See full summary »

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A human skeleton is placed upon a table by an attendant. When the attendant leaves the room the skeleton begins kicking his legs and throwing his arms about and suddenly turns into a magician. The magician produces an egg, performing several sleight-of-hand tricks, and places it upon the table with the small end downward. He then crudely draws a human face upon the shell, and the egg immediately begins growing larger and larger until it reaches the size of a normal head. The form of the egg fades away and there immediately appears the head of a very pretty girl. Then two or more of the same type appear on either side of the original. The heads of the girls are merged into one head and from this appears the hideous head of a hobgoblin. The hobgoblin fades away into the original egg. The egg is reduced to its normal size and is removed from the table by the magician, who swallows it. He then takes his place on the table, reverting back to the skeleton, which is removed by the attendant,... Written by Méliès Catalog

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A very common theme for the director...
21 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In this film, a magician uses sleight of hand and stop-motion to make eggs appear and disappear--as well as morph into some pretty strange things. You just have to see this one...

If you see this film and think maybe you've seen it before, it might be because director Georges Méliès made many films like this. After all, before he became a film maker, he was a stage magician. And so, in many of his film, he himself (sporting a wig) does a stage magician act that is able to do tricks you could never really do on stage. Using stop-motion, things appear and disappear and change before the audience's eyes. While it's very obvious he's using stop-motion film work, back in the day this was hot stuff--and audiences were amazed and had no idea how he achieved these feats.


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