Film, Video Arabian gun twirler

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Title
Arabian gun twirler
Summary
A bearded man performs a rifle twirling act on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. He wears a white turban and a dark two-piece costume of tunic and baggy pants that narrow at the knees; perhaps the costume of an Arab infantryman. The tricks he performs include throwing the spinning rifle in the air and catching it; twirling the gun in front of him, above his head, behind his back, to the side of his torso, and under his leg; and twirling the rifle as he switches hands.
From Edison films catalog: An interesting exhibit by Hadji Cheriff, of the original Midway Plaisance. Twirls his rifle over shoulder, behind back, under leg, both hands and one hand. 50 feet. $7.50.
Contributor Names
Cheriff, Hadji, performer.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.
Subject Headings
-  Firearms
-  Tricks
-  Arabs--United States--Games
-  Amusements--United States
-  Silent films
Genre
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  20770 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20Mar1899; 20770.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Duration: 0:40 at 18 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Portion of summary from K.R. Niver, Early motion pictures, 1985, p. 11.
-  Cheriff was apparently a performer on the Midway Plaisance of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, perhaps in the "A Street in Cairo" or Turkish village exhibits.
-  Code name (for telegraphic orders) Unbought.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046277; Arabian gun twirler.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 49; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Received: 1/21/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 6/16/93 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 3/20/1899; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2487 (ref print)
FPE 8484 (dupe neg)
LC 1301a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96515758
Online Format
image
video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/96515758
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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. Arabian Gun Twirler. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96515758/. (Accessed January 24, 2017.)

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Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1899) Arabian Gun Twirler. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96515758/.

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