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The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896)

Escamotage d'une dame au théâtre Robert Houdin (original title)
As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

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Jehanne d'Alcy ... Woman (as Jeanne d'Alcy)
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An elegantly dressed man enters through a stage door onto a set with decorated back screen, a chair and small table. He brings a well-dressed women through the door, spreads a newspaper on the floor, and places the chair on it. She sits and fans herself; he covers her with a diaphanous cloth. She disappears; he tries to conjure her back with incomplete results. Can he go beyond the bare bones of a conjuring trick and succeed in the complete reconstitution of a the lady? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Lady Vanishes
22 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Magician and filmmaker Georges Melies enters stage right and introduces fashionably dressed Jeanne d'Alcy. He puts a newspaper on the floor. On the newspaper, Mr. Melies places a chair. He invites Ms. D'Alcy, who is standing patiently, to sit on the chair. She complies comfortably and begins to fan herself. Melies throws a cloth over the woman. A slip second later, he removes the cloth and the woman has disappeared. But bringing her back is not a simple as it looks. In the end, the cast takes a bow. Forgetting his chair enables Melies to take a curtain call. He deserves one; this short film is never boring.

****** Escamotage d'une dame au theatre Robert Houdin (1896) Georges Melies ~ Georges Melies, Jeanne d'Alcy


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