The Cigar Box 1907

La boîte à cigares (original title)

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Out of a spin-around door on a cylinder-shaped box comes a magician, who proceeds to conjure dancing girls out of the box. At one point he also lights 5 cigars from the box, which magically transform into more dancing girls. Tinted remarkably.



Director: Segundo de Chomón


A Mesmerian Experiment 1905

Despite the title, it really has nothing to do with hypnosis

Like so many of Méliès’ films, this one finds him playing the role of a magician–a common thing since in real life he was a stage magician. Here he’s heavily disguised with fake hair and a HUGE beard and a period costume. He makes a group of women appear and they dance about. Nothing is particularly noteworthy about their dancing. Then, he makes another lady appear and she does some amazing acrobatic dancing–all while wearing an outfit that sure makes this look impossible! No, this wasn’t magic–she was just very, very limber!

In the end, he does what any man would do in this situation–he turns them into ducks!


Le baquet de Mesmer (original title) also known as

Director: Georges Méliès

The Magic Roses 1906

the magic rose

Les roses magiques (original title)

A film by the pioneering Spanish film director and cinematographer Segundo Chomón. With his innovative use of early splice-based tricks and a penchant for optical illusions he is often compared to the slightly earlier Georges Méliès, and indeed has been dubbed “The Spanish Méliès” by some. Though the similarities are clear, Chomón departs from Méliès in his variety of subjects and his use of animation, an art form he played a key role in developing. In this beautifully coloured short (using Pochoir, a type of stencil process), originally titled Les Roses Magique, a bouquet of roses gives birth to a whole unexpected world, played out against a wonderful floral backdrop

Director: Segundo de Chomón
Screenplay: Segundo de Chomón
Cinematography: Segundo de Chomón