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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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A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »

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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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Melies the Magician
21 July 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

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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