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The Living Playing Cards (1905)

Les cartes vivantes (original title)
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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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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France

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1905 (France) See more »

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The Living Playing Cards See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Une séance Méliès (1997) See more »

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Well done and once again great special effects.
14 November 2014 | by ofpsmithSee all my reviews

Georges Melies appears as a magician to do some card tricks. These however are not you typical card tricks. Melies makes the cards bigger and then they appear on the big white sheet of paper behind him. But then even more crazy magic appears. The playing cards come to life. First the queen and then the king. Then Melies reveals to the audience that he somehow duplicated himself and reveals the king to be another Melies. Then when the show is done, Melies wraps everything up and leaves. It's entertaining, as it holds you're interest for the 3 minutes that it is. As is usually the case with Melies films the special effects are good, so yeah. Go see it if you're a Melies fan.


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