ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION (1900)
aka Tom Whisky ou L’illusioniste toque
Article 4002 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown (but that’s probably Melies in the lead)
What it is: Early trick short
A ragged magician makes women appear, disappear and transform.
The addition of the Walt Lee guide to my sources for movies to watch opens up the floodgate to a lot of early fantasy movies the other guides don’t cover. This is a typical Melies trick short in which he creates three women, condenses them to one fat woman and then a child, etc. This is hardly Melies at his most ambitious, but it’s a fairly entertaining one-minute short.