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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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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 Nick Riganas

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Similar to many of Georges Méliès' films, but still quite entertaining today.
9 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film was included in the three DVD set "Saved From the Flames"--a collection of mostly ephemeral movies that have managed to avoid turning to powder, catching fire or melting--something that usually happened with the nitrate film stock used up through the 1950s.

This is a film that was made by Georges Georges Méliès and he stars as the magician--though it might be hard to recognize him in a wig. Like so many of his films, this one is basically a magic routine that was filmed using LOTS of stop-motion. In other words, to make things disappear, the camera was stopped and people or objects were removed--while those remaining in the shots were to stay as still as possible. In it's day, this was hot stuff though today's audiences will be less thrilled by the trick camera work. Excellent for its day, though, as seeing ladies disappear and water come shooting out of the assistant's mouth were pretty slickly done. And, compared to the film maker's other work, this one is about average.


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