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

  title={Up-to-Date Magic: Theatrical Conjuring and the Trick Film},
  author={M. Solomon},
  journal={Theatre Journal},
  pages={595 - 615}
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… Expand
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