The Enchanted Glasses (1907)

aka Les verres enchantes
Article 4655 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-14-2014
Directed by Segundo de Chomon
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Magic short

A manic magician makes a female magician appear; the latter then performs several tricks with dancing girls.

What we have here is a variation on the Melies-style magic short, in which a magician appears and does a variety of tricks. The glasses in question are not spectacles, but drinking glasses; they come into play about halfway through the short in which the magician captures the essences of the dancing ladies in some drinking glasses, and then makes them appear and disappear in the glasses as she pours water to and from them. This is easily the most striking sequence in the short. The rest of it is smoothly done, but there’s not much here that I haven’t seen before; still, it is moderately entertaining.

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