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The Trick Cyclist (1901)

Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject.

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Thomas A. Edison
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Railroading in the east contains the earliest train films ever made. This film has been produced was made for the earliest steam train motion pictures at the turn of the century.

Director: Thomas A. Edison
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Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject.

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Probably Not
13 March 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Thomas Edison is credited as the director of this piece, but that's probably a record-keeping error, confusing the Edison company with its owner. They'll get around to correcting it one of these days, maybe. As for this movie, it looks like the unedited version of the piece as, for the first ninety seconds or so, we watch trick riders do various things, including what looks like falling off the bike just offscreen. Apparently all of those rather simple examples of, to the modern eye, dull performance pieces were elaborately staged and carefully edited -- just not in any style of editing that makes sense to the modern eye.

The final thirty seconds shows a loop which the cyclist is supposed to ride so fast that centrifugal force will keep him on the bike while he is riding upside down. The fact that all we get to see is someone trotting down the ramp is mildly amusing.


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