THE LIVING PLAYING CARDS (1904)
aka Les cartes vivantes
Article 4182 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
What it is: Magic short
A magician performs some tricks with a giant playing card that can change its pattern.
The title is derived from the fact that the face cards end up emerging as real people. Yes, this is another of Melies’s magic trick shorts, and in some ways is pretty ordinary. He does, however, do a particularly nice job of staging this one, especially in the way he sets up some of the humorous bits, such as the opening part where he becomes frustrated at trying to get the audience to tell which card from an ordinary size deck he’s holding, requiring him to magically increase its size. This is one of the better examples of this particular type of short.