A magician pulls a handkerchief from the mouth of his assistant. From the handkerchief, he pulls a large aquarium, and uses the arms of his assistant as a pump to fill it. The magician then pulls fish from his mouth the fill the tank.
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Georges Méliès was perhaps the first to imbue cinema with a sense of magic and wonder, and this early short (made prior to his seminal VOYAGE TO THE MOON) demonstrates his flair for cinematic trickery with some delightful surprisingly impressive special effects, even by today's standards.
Utterly charming, like most of M. Méliès' films. Aside from some very amusing bits (the giant lobster/lady) what really impressed me here was the precision with which the stop-camera effects were accomplished. The viewer knows how the magic tricks are done, but barely notices the in-camera edits, as the actors were staged so well.