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Film, Video Hadj Cheriff Hadji Cheriff / Arab knife juggler / Sheikh Hadji Taha

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  • Hadj Cheriff

Other Title

  • Hadji Cheriff
  • Arab knife juggler
  • Sheikh Hadji Taha


  • Although the variant title for this film is "Arab knife juggler", and the performer is holding a knife in each hand, he appears to discard the knives just before his first handstand and cartwheel. He then performs an acrobatic routine which is a series of handstands, cartwheels, leaps and twirls.


  • Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, film producer.
  • Cheriff, Hadji, performer.
  • Heise, William, cinematographer.
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc., production company, film distributor.

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]


  • -  Acrobats
  • -  Acrobatics


  • Filmed performances
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Performer: Hadji L. Cheriff.
  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Duration: 0:19 at 30 fps.
  • -  Filmed October 6, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio, West Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Source used: Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 137-138.
  • -  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEC 8058 to FYA 1241.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 36 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FYA 1241 (viewing print)

Source Collection

  • Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694123

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Dickson, W. K.-L. , Film Producer, and William Heise. Hadj Cheriff. performeds by Cheriff, Hadji, produceds by Thomas A. Edison, Inc.Uction Company, Film Distributor [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894] Video.

APA citation style:

Dickson, W. K. -. & Heise, W. (1894) Hadj Cheriff. Cheriff, H., performer, Thomas A. Edison, Inc.Uction Company, prod [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Dickson, W. K.-L. , Film Producer, and William Heise. Hadj Cheriff. performer by Cheriff, Hadji, prod by Thomas A. Edison, Inc.Uction Company, Film Distributor [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.