Up-to-Date Magic: Theatrical Conjuring and the Trick Film

  title={Up-to-Date Magic: Theatrical Conjuring and the Trick Film},
  author={Matthew Solomon},
  journal={Theatre Journal},
  pages={595 - 615}
  • M. Solomon
  • Published 1 December 2006
  • Art
  • Theatre Journal
During the first decade of the twentieth century, "up-to-date magic" was a theatrical and cinematic phenomenon that entertained audiences around the world. This article traces an integrated history of stage and screen that connects the styles of magic performed in turn-of-the-century vaudeville and music-hall theatres to the modes of cinematic illusion seen in contemporaneous trick films. Attention is paid to the work of Georges Méliès and Gaston Velle—French magicians who became prolific early… 

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