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The Magician (1898)

Le magicien (original title)
In a traditional "magician" attire, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words and conjures up wonders from a plain wooden box.

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Georges Méliès (uncredited)
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Georges Méliès ... Le Sculpteur (uncredited)
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In a traditional "magician" attire complete with a black robe and a pointy hat, the wizard of illusion and jump cuts, Georges Méliès, says the magic words, and out of thin air, he conjures up a plain wooden box atop an ordinary table. Unexpectedly, the illusionist jumps into the box, and a comical and famished Pierrot emerges, only to give place to a bearded sculptor, ready to put the finishing touches on a life-like female bust. Suddenly, a beautiful woman appears. Is she real or is she a delightful mirage? Written by Nick Riganas

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France

Release Date:

1903 (USA) See more »

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Black Magic See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent
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More Tricks, More Education
10 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Melies introduces us to a magician who performs various tricks where things appear and reappear. He stands before a table which at times acts like a chest, allowing him to leap into it and turn into a clown. There is little new here because Melies has done this kind of thing several times in other short films. Still, the creativity is there and he makes us pay attention.


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