Typically when we think of magicians we think of the cliché, “Pick a card, any card”. Here’s a great example of card magic taken to a new height. In a 1904 film by George Méliés, ordinary playing cards come to life.
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Méliés was a master of using basic camera tricks to create magical visuals. Interestingly, all of the basic effects of card magic are present in this film – vanishes, appearances, transformations, torn and restored – yet it transcends the traditional concept of a card trick.

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