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Athlete with Wand (1894)

A gymnast assumes a number of positions while holding a wand in both hands.
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A gymnast appears before the camera holding a wand, or short staff, with both hands. He flexes his legs and moves his arms, always holding the wand with both hands, and takes up numerous different positions. In the foreground, a dog is resting, and it occasionally takes note of the gymnast's activities. Written by Snow Leopard

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USA

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February 1894 (USA) See more »

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Спортсмен с палкой See more »

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Silent
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The gymnast featured worked for the Newark Turnverein. See more »

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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An athlete? with a wand?...and a dog
6 July 2014 | by kobe1413See all my reviews

W.K.L. Dickson films another "performer". This unnamed "athlete" steps left, right, and towards the camera, while moving a "wand" in basic movements.

Not sure what to make of this strange presentation from Dickson and Edison. The guys movements are not what one would call athletic. For examples of athletes around the turn-of-the-century, watch Dickson's "Sandow" and "Hadj Cheriff", both from 1894. Those performers show real physical aptitude, while the "athlete" from this film is upstaged by the dog in the lower right. Why the dog is there, no one knows. Such were the crazy days in cinema's first year.


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