The Mystic Swing (1900)

Article 2090 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-5-2006
Posting Date: 5-3-2007
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Cast unknown

Two magicians have a competition in making women appear and disappear on a swing.

There’s not much of a plot to speak of in this early Melies imitation. One magician makes ’em appear, the other makes ’em go away. That is, until a skeleton appears and foils the abilities of one of the magicians. That’s about it. One question; given that the skeleton steals the show here, why doesn’t he take a bow with the others at the end?


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