Fugitive Apparitions (1904)

aka Les apparitions fugitives
Article 4122 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 1-1-2013
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Magic trick short

A magician makes a woman appear and disappear.

This is another of Melies’s magician shorts, which I’ve discussed before. About the only surprise in this one is that Melies opts for fade-ins and fade-outs for his tricks rather than the substitutions that he usually used. I suspect he may have been experimenting with a new technique or trying to find new wrinkles in an old one. Whatever his intention, this one’s a pretty minor entry of his, and not one of his essential works.


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