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The Clown and the Alchemist (1900)

Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor.... See full summary »
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Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor. He appears in numerous startling positions, using his club with great effect and always escaping punishment. At last the alchemist brings his magic power into use, and calling two hooded assistants, orders a large cauldron brought in. The climax, by which the clown finally disposes of the alchemist, is startling in the extreme. Written by Edison Films (1901)

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clown | magic | magician | apparition | See All (4) »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Short

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USA

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November 1900 (USA) See more »

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Nice Trick in Melies Rip
12 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Clown and the Alchemist, The (1900)

*** (out of 4)

Edison short has an "alchemist" trying to settle down but a strange clown keeps coming up from various items (mainly a bucket). The clown continues to torment the alchemist but he hopes to find a way to keep the strange creature under control. There's no question this is yet another attempt by the Edison Company to rip off Georges Melies but this time out it actually works fairly well. The magic tricks here aren't nearly as good or as well staged as a Melies film but the final "trick" here works quite well. I won't ruin what this trick is but it involves a simple piece of clothing. That trick makes the film worth viewing but one should also still check out the work of Melies.


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