THE KNIGHT OF BLACK ART (1908)
aka Le tambourin fantastique
Article 4176 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Cast unknown (though that’s Georges as the magician)
What it is: Magic short
A magician does several tricks involving a hoop.
Yes, it’s another of Melies’s “here’s a magician doing tricks” short, and this one is a bit long-winded as it runs about six minutes; an earlier Melies short would have featured all the tricks with a running time of about two minutes. Some of the transitions are pretty smooth, though some of them are not, and it’s all pretty familiar stuff. Much as I love Melies and his work, he churned out a lot of forgettable stuff, and I’m afraid this is one of them. The title is nice, though.