THE HINDOO FAKIR (1902)
Article 4992 by Dave Sindelar
What it is: Magical trick short
A hindoo fakir does magic tricks.
Anybody who has been following my series has an idea of how many of these early silent “magic trick” shorts I’ve seen in the last few years, and has probably noted how difficult it is for me to say something fresh and interesting about each one; many of them are interchangeable. For the record, the most interesting thing about this one is the magic tricks seem to consist of common stage magic tricks combined with purely cinematic magic tricks, and the fact that you know the former were probably pulled off with the same tricks as the latter takes some of the illusion away. Still, as tired as I am of these shorts, I do have to remind myself that only a fraction of these early short remain. One wonders how many of these shorts I would end up seeing if they were all extant, so perhaps I should count my blessings. And, lest we forget, it’s shorts like these that helped pave the way for the development of special effects.