UN CENTENAR DE JUEGOS (1906)
aka A Hundred Tricks, Les cent trucs
Article 4629 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
What it is: Trick short
A magician appears and performs several tricks for us.
This is Segundo de Chomon’s take on one of Melies’s more common subjects; basically, it’s nothing more than a series of cinematic magic tricks as performed by a magician. He actually does a fairly decent job of it as well, with some of the tricks very well timed. I don’t think it ever reaches to a count of 100 in its three-minute running time, but it is lively. On a side note, I like the clever way the short tried to protect itself from cinematic pirates (a common problem in the early years of cinema) by having one trick involving the name of the production company (Pathe Freres) written across one of the props. There’s nothing really new here, but it’s an amusing trifle.