The picture opens showing a gentleman in full evening dress costume. Removing his opera hat and cloak, he leaves the hat on the table and by a few passes causes it to assume immense ... See full summary »
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In this trickery extravaganza, Excelsior, the wizard of illusion, enters the stage accompanied by his faithful assistant. Without delay, the maestro of deception pulls out a handkerchief from his pocket, and out of thin air, a glass container appears which is filled with water sprouting from his helper, the human fountain. After that, everything is possible in this rare and spectacular show.Written by
A magician (played by Melies) brings an assistant into his room where various tricks are pulled. This seems like a greatest hits package from the director who doesn't do anything too great here but all of the magic on display is quite good and makes for an entertaining film. One gag has Melies turn the man into a water fountain by spitting water out of his mouth into a bowl and then the director follows that up by pulling a fish out of the mouth. There's also a nice sequence where he turns a woman into two little girls. The final trick in the movie is also quite good and these are enough reasons to make this film worth viewing.
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