Film, Video The mystic swing

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Title
The mystic swing
Summary
"The professor shows his power to Mephisto by mysteriously placing a young lady in a swing. Mephisto then shows his power by making the young lady disappear from the swing, to the surprise of the professor. The professor makes another mystic pass and produces a second young lady then in the swing, and also a skeleton. 60 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105.
Contributor Names
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Magic tricks
-  Contests
-  Mephistopheles--(Legendary character)
-  Materialization
Genre
Trick films
Silent films
Short films
Notes
-  D6368 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Mar1900; D6368.
-  Duration: 0:57 at 16 fps.
-  Niver's Early motion pictures says the cameraman is Edwin S. Porter, but does not give a source for that information. According to the AFI catalog, this film may be a foreign production, possibly made by Georges Méliès. According to Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 577, although this film was copyrighted by Edison, it does not appear to have been made at the Edison studio, or by Edison producers or affiliated filmmakers.
-  Probably filmed March 1900.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0234) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 584-585; Niver, Early motion pictures, p. 217; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 85 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 712.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  paper pos (copy 2) Received: 1900-03-21; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEB 9693 to FYA 3757.
-  Paper print roll lacking suffix.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (22 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 3248 (viewing print)
FYA 3757 (viewing print)
FRA 0571 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 5274 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 2211 (master pos pic)
Box 0840E (paper pos)
Box 5563 (paper pos, copy 2)
Source Collection
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0234
Library of Congress Control Number
00694255
Language
No Linguistic Content
Not Applicable
Online Format
image
video
Description
"The professor shows his power to Mephisto by mysteriously placing a young lady in a swing. Mephisto then shows his power by making the young lady disappear from the swing, to the surprise of the professor. The professor makes another mystic pass and produces a second young lady then in the swing, and also a skeleton. 60 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105.
Original Format
film, video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/00694255
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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