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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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The Magic That Is Melies
25 August 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

L'oeuf du sorcier (1903)

*** (out of 4)

aka The Prolific Magic Egg

If you're a die-hard fan of Georges Melies then you're probably going to be overly familiar with the type of film we get here. Melies plays a magician who does a couple tricks with an egg before placing it on a board where it begins to grow larger before turning into some real human heads. The "trick" film is what the director is best remembered for and it's easy to see why but I've always felt that the real magic comes from the performer Melies. Just take a look at how hard he's working for the camera because he really comes off so incredibly charming that you can't help but smile even when the special effect is so obvious. The effects here are obvious with today's eyes but I'm sure even people in 1903 were quick to catch them. That's not to say they're poor because they're really not. They too have a certain level of charm that will put a smile on your face. Melies jumps all around the frame and this just pours so much charm and magic that you can't help but be entertained. One of the highlights comes at the very end and involves a skeleton.


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