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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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Short | Fantasy

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France

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May 1902 (USA) See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent
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12 November 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Some of the tried and true works here. Melies plays both the magician and his partner. The best scene is where he places a large goblet on a table and pumps the man's arm, causing water to shoot from his mouth, into the goblet. He then does a tired trick with a big sheet which when removed reveals a lobster. He does it again and it turns into a woman. There are a few other things. It's basically a magic show.


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