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Magic Bricks (1908)

| Short, Fantasy
Experimental color film that shows a magician and his assistant making objects and people appear and disappear. Then they stack up some blocks and a moving picture of a little girl appears on them.

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A conjurer in Chinese garb jumps out of a box that's about two feet wide and six inches high. He conjures an assistant from the same box plus a young woman, who then disappears into the box. He continuously picks up the box and shows us the empty inside. Next, he removes many small boxes from the larger box, stacks them on top of each other after making a base row of six or seven. The stacked boxes (magic bricks) become a movie screen, revealing the image of a laughing child. The magician knocks the bricks down with his wand and the child disappears, one row at a time. The conjurer has the bricks fly back to re-form the screen, and we see the Pathé Frères cock. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Beautiful & colorful trick film by Chomon
6 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

When it comes to color-stenciling, the Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomon knew it all. I do not know him as well as Georges Melies, but when it came to visual effects, Chomon was good at competing with his rival. Unfortunately I don't have many of his films on DVD, it's sad that in Kino's wonderful cinema set they didn't include more of his films because there are only two, this being one of them. However, what this film displays is very good. Not only do we get a great coloring job but also we get some great visuals.

First, a Chinese conjurer and his assistant appear in a strange kind of box and make a woman appear in the box. They make her disappear. The conjurers then stack some bricks on a table and knock them off. Then one of the conjurers holds up a piece of paper and the bricks magically move up in front of it. Then pictures appear on the bricks.

Segundo de Chomon was a genius. He deserves as much appreciation as Melies.


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