Format Film, Video
Dates 1900
Language English
Subjects Alchemists
Alchemy
Clowns
Magic Tricks
Magicians
Materialization
Title
The clown and the alchemist /
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Magic tricks
-  Alchemists
-  Clowns
-  Materialization
-  Alchemy
-  Magicians
Notes
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Nov1900; D21657.
-  Duration: 1:18 at 16 fps.
-  From Edison films catalog: Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor. He appears and disappears in numerous startling positions, using his club with great effect and always escaping punishment. At last the alchemist brings his magic power into use, and calling two hooded assistants, orders a huge cauldron brought in. The climax, by which the clown finally disposes of the alchemist, is startling in the extreme. 80 feet. $12.00.
-  Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 642-43; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 81 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2832 (ref print)
LC 840 (paper pos)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 0840 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0840
Library of Congress Catalog Number
00694177
http://lccn.loc.gov/00694177


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