When this picture opens, you see a large book mounted on an easel. An old student is seen poring over old manuscripts when he advances toward the book, and by the aid of some mysterious ... See full summary »
A man comes onto the stage through the fireplace, divides himself, and sits on stools on either side of a table. He places a woman's head on the table and a hat on her head. She speaks to ... See full summary »
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
French filmmaking magician Georges Melies appears on stage and produces a glass bowl under a handkerchief. He pumps the arm of his older male assistant to fill the bowl with water. Naturally, a fish will appear in the water. And, that's not all. A dizzying parade of increasingly outrageous materializations occur. Melies uses the trick photography he made so famous - but, there is more here than meets the eye. Melies doesn't just show the trick. His films display comic performance in addition to the technical skills. For example, Melies amusingly has to move the bowl when the first water (intentionally) misses the mark.
****** Excelsior! (1901) Georges Melies ~ Georges Melies
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