Opens with a magician compressing something white in his hands. It transforms into a living dove. which is quickly deposited into a box sitting on a table behind the magician. In short ...
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Opens with a magician compressing something white in his hands. It transforms into a living dove. which is quickly deposited into a box sitting on a table behind the magician. In short order several other articles are tossed into the box out of which springs a young boy in clown makeup. The magician helps the boy down then places him atop another small box. He then picks up an executioners ax and appears to be going to slice the boy lengthwise. Instead, as the ax touches him the boy turns into twins! The magician then uses his mystical powers to make first one and then the other disappear. To prove they haven't gone into the box, he destroys it then causes the boy to reappear on top of one of the pieces. .Hoisting the child one more time he makes him transform into a French and an American flag which the magician waves triumphantly. But for the big finish he hops onto the table, bows his head and disappears only to reappear through a stage door for one final bow Written by
"Illusions fantasmagoriques" or "Fantasmagorical Illusions" or "The Famous Box Trick" is a silent black-and-white short film from the end of the 19th century. Lack of sound and color should surprise nobody looking at how this is from 1898. And if you read the French title, you will probably (hopefully) know immediately that this is another work by the very prolific and successful French filmmaking pioneer Georges Méliès. Like so many of his other works, this one here is also really short, only runs for approximately 70 seconds and shows us the master himself with a little magic performance, in which he makes children appear and lets the disappear again. I have seen some of his works and I must say this one here is not too interesting or relevant. It isn't bad and a bearable watch at such a short runtime, but really only worth checking out for huge silent film enthusiasts. Everybody else can skip it.
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