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The Living Playing Cards (1905)

Les cartes vivantes (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 1905 (France)
With a brand-new deck of playing cards in his hand, an elegantly-attired thaumaturge, by fire and the pure power of illusion, transforms a plain nine of spades card into a full-size Queen of Hearts.

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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès
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With a brand-new deck of playing cards in his hand, an elegantly-attired thaumaturge enters a lavishly decorated stage and places an enormous blank card atop a sturdy decorative bench. Then, before our very eyes, by fire and the pure power of illusion, the conjurer transforms a plain nine of spades card into a full-size Queen of Hearts whose regal presence exudes elegance and gracefulness. But beware; wherever there is a Queen, there is also a King. Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy | Fantasy

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Featured in Méliès' Magic Show (1997) See more »

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Up to His Tricks Again
8 July 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

One thing that always comes over in a George Melies film is the man's energy and heightened sense of fun. He must have been exhausting to work with. Here he adopts the persona of stage magician - which is exactly what he used to be in the years before film - to perform card tricks. These are no ordinary playing cards, however, because he increases their size ten-fold so that the audience can see their face value.

The film is a series of trick shots, which makes the stage element redundant really, and in less talented hands these might quickly grow dull. But Melies certainly knew how to entertain his audience, and throws in a couple of clever surprises to round things off. This is one of Melies' less extravagant films, but it's still great fun to watch.


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