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The Magician and the Imp (1902)

La clownesse fantôme (original title)
The magician appears upon the stage with an imp as his assistant. The imp holds a piece of cloth in his hand. At the command of the magician the cloth is suddenly transformed into a ... See full summary »

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The magician appears upon the stage with an imp as his assistant. The imp holds a piece of cloth in his hand. At the command of the magician the cloth is suddenly transformed into a beautiful girl, clad in tights. A barrel is then introduced and the girl enters one end. As she makes her exit from the other she is transformed into a man. The man then jumps through a paper hoop, and as he lands on the other side is changed back into the girl. The girl is then placed upon a table, the table is removed, and, to the astonishment of all, she remains in her position, apparently resting in mid-air. Two benches are then introduced and chairs placed under them, a man occupying one and the girl the other. At a wave of the magician's wand the figures fade away. When they reappear the girl and the man have changed places. Wonderful magic. Written by Star Film Catalog

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Stop Action Transformations
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

A lesser offering. First of all, the action has been done so much in the past. Two men start with a barrel. A man is transformed into a woman, sort of a chorus girl, and then back. By this time Melies had done this so many times. I need to investigate what the venue was for these films. Were they curiosities? Were they part of a larger performance of some kind? I must get a book on Melies.


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