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The Magician (1900)

The scene opens on a theatrical stage. The magician enters from the wings, and making a bow to the audience, removes his coat and hat and they disappear mysteriously in the air. He then ... See full summary »

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The scene opens on a theatrical stage. The magician enters from the wings, and making a bow to the audience, removes his coat and hat and they disappear mysteriously in the air. He then takes a white handkerchief from his pocket, holds it over his knees, and his long trousers disappear, and behold! he is clad in knickerbockers. He next makes a pass with a magic wand and a table suddenly appears before the audience, on which is a large pile of tissue paper. The magician takes up the paper and shakes it a few times and three live geese fly out upon the floor. This is a highly pleasing and mystifying subject. Written by Edison Films (1901)

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Apples & oranges
31 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

If you compare this film with others made a hundred years later, it of course appears weaker. No color? (introduced 1938) No sound? (introduced 1929)

This museum piece is from 1900. Twelve years after the oldest extant film (Roundhay Garden Scene), four years after movies really started rolling in 1896 (Melies, Lumiere etc.) Of course it is dated. But try to imagine what effects it must have had on audiences back then...

The "magic" seems to have been done with stop-motion. But I think, somehow it's still magic today.

And this comment will have ten lines, however they are counted..


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