A fine magician of the Royal Court materialises an elegant attire from a transparent glass container, and then, a refined dandy appears, as an ornate palanquin is summoned. Now, what does the illusionist have in mind?
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A fine magician of the Royal Court--master of trickery and illusion--takes great care to prove that the transparent glass container in front of him is absolutely empty. With his mystical power and a single fan, the great conjurer manages to materialise an elegant attire--and much to our amazement--a refined dandy appears. But that's not all. From the depths of this tiny box, yet another costume clothes a lifeless mannequin, as an ornate palanquin is summoned. Now, what does the illusionist have in mind?Written by
Typical trick film from the French master has him once again playing a magician who performs a special trick. We see a clear glass case with nothing it in but soon a woman appears and this is just the start of the film. This trick film isn't really anything special especially when you compare it to the other works that Melies did around this time as well as similar themed films from his past. The trick shot of the woman appearing was pretty good but everything that followed with the cab was pretty bland. I'm sure Melies die-hards will want to check this one out but there are much, much better films out there from him.
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