Extraordinary Illusions (1903)

EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSIONS (1903)
aka Illusions funambulesques
Article 5206 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-15-2016
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Magic short

A magician performs tricks in which he creates a woman from his magic box, only to have her turn into a cook.

It’s another magic short from Melies, and like many of the others, it only runs about two minutes long. Some of the special effects seem quite sharp this time, including scenes in which the magic box and a table move of their own accord. Beyond that, this is pretty much run-of-the-mill Melies, but I did take note that he might have geared this one to audiences who speak English; despite being a French film-maker, I noticed that the Magic Box was marked as such in English.

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