The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
In a fenced back yard with the neighboring house visible in the distance, a stationary camera films Juan Caicedo in profile on a rope. Holding one pole while another bounces, Juan does several back flips and a few steps walking. He lands each flip straddling the rope then springs onto his feet for the next trick.Written by
One of the 50 films in the four-disc boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Academy Film Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences. This version has an uncredited piano music score and runs 25 seconds. See more »
Here, the infamous high-wire walker Juan (A.) Caicedo performs his basic routine for the camera. He appears to be quite at home with his flips and bounces, and seems perfectly relaxed. If you've ever seen any Edison shorts from 1894, then you'll know that many of them featured an athlete or dancer performing for the camera, and then when released to the public Edison would make money off these performers. In this case, Edison decided to film a high-wire walker. No story, nothing, but it's simply a video of a performer long dead. Not a great film but one which will no doubt interest historians and film buffs.
(Note: Caicedo also appeared in another Edison film from the same year--"Caicedo (with spurs)". Presumably, this film is considered lost).
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