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Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjuror (1904)

Le thaumaturge chinois (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | 30 April 1904 (USA)
As we are treated with a rare appearance from a true master of the miraculous Asian thaumaturgy, a fine display of multiplication commences, and a serene young geisha completes the enchantment. What does the Chinese conjurer have in mind?

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Georges Méliès
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As we are treated with a rare onstage appearance from a genuine master of the miraculous Asian thaumaturgy--in the background--a traditional Chinese gate with a tiled roof and a pair of vermilion-painted beams dwarfs the skilful conjurer. But, what exciting surprises does he have in store for us? Without delay, a fine display of multiplication commences, as an ordinary wooden table duplicates itself and a wild parade of folding fans, beautiful parasols and ornamental lanterns complete the enchantment. However, the best is saved for last, as a serene young geisha materialises in front of our very eyes. What does Tchin-Chao, the Chinese conjurer, have in mind? Written by Nick Riganas

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1900s | 900s | asia | asian | chinese man | See All (55) »

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Short | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Release Date:

30 April 1904 (USA) See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Effects in this film were achieved with a combination of double exposure, theatrical tricks (standard live theatrical illusions), clever make-up and heavy editing techniques (many of the them invented or perfected by Melies). See more »

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Edited into Méliès, los Orígenes (1996) See more »

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Nice to watch, but among Méliès' worst I have seen.
7 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short silent film is part of the DVD collection entitled "The Magic of Méliès" and is the fourth volume of THE MOVIES BEGIN series from Kino Video. Unlike copies of Méliès' films that are posted on the internet, the prints for these short films are exceptionally crisp and clean and feature wonderful musical scores. Oddly, though, is that aside from a few films such as THE BLACK IMP and THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE, most of the shorts chosen for this DVD are actually not among the best of Méliès' films--having a strong tendency to show is "stagy" material as opposed to the films that have elaborate sets and plots. In particular, my favorites such as BARBE-BLEUE and LE VOYAGE DANS LE LUNE (his most famous film) are not on this DVD.

This video makes it very obvious that Méliès began his career as a stage magician. In this film, he is almost unrecognizable in Chinese makeup and dress, but the act is pure stage magic. Because it is simply a magic act, the trick cinematography instead of enhancing the film just makes the magic seem not so "magical" as you can tell the camera is stopping and starting to make the tricks come to be.


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