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The Magician and the Human Pump (1901)

Excelsior! (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Fantasy | May 1902 (USA)
In this trickery extravaganza, Excelsior, the wizard of illusion, pulls out a handkerchief from his pocket, and after that, everything is possible in his rare and spectacular show.

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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... Excelsior
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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 Nick Riganas

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deception | trick | show | magician | magic | See All (10) »

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Short | Fantasy

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France

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May 1902 (USA) See more »

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The Magician and the Human Pump See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent
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Prince Of Magicians, The
1 April 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Prince Of Magicians, The (1901)

*** (out of 4)

aka Excelsior !

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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