THE PROLIFIC MAGICAL EGG (1902)
aka L’oeuf du sorcier ou L’oeuf magique prolifique
Article 3165 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-12-2010
Posting Date: 4-14-2010
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
What it is: Trick film
A magician shows us the amazing things he can do with an egg.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re on a Melies streak here. This is one of Melies’s “magic act” films; these are the ones where he more or less plays a magician who is doing tricks, only with the help of camera special effects rather than sleight-of-hand alone. The egg grows, shrinks and turns into talking heads. At the end, he eats the egg and… well, you don’t want me to give away the ending, do you? Short and sweet.