This was very interesting early use of film techniques.How the magician give the bowl of water to the butler and all of a sudden it turns into fire.imagine how the audience saw that an wondered how it done.As you know it took a couple of takes and editing ,then magic.
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.