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    No titles. How A Magician Produces A Medium.

    Probably filmed in the Pathe Studio, London.

    A man in evening dress stands on the set. Behind him is a large trunk and two men. The first man tells us that the majority of spiritualists work in a darkened room, but the experiment he is going to show us will be done "on this lighted stage".

    He opens the trunk with a key and the two assistants turn it around (on wheels) so we see there is nothing underneath or behind it. The man opens the trunk and takes out the wooden tray inside. He opens a front flap so we can see inside. The two men put four pieces of plate glass into the trunk to line it, then the front flap is closed and the tray is put on the top. The lid of the trunk is closed.

    The man says "Now to produce Olga, the famous spiritualistic medium". He undoes the front flap and we see Olga curled up inside! The men open the trunk lid, take off the tray and Olga stands up, dressed in a suitably bizarre jump-suit and cap. Fade out.

    Fade in to the same scene, and the man shows us how the trick was done. The front flap is left open and the trunk turned round so we can see Olga perched on the back of it. We see her lift the back board of the trunk and roll inside to take up her position. The man says "And that's how a magician produces his medium".

    Cataloguer's note: I always wondered how they did that!

    Note: item is out of synch throughout due to early sound recording.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1929 - 1932
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:01:00 / 01:29:15:00
    PSM 2
    Sort Number:
    PSM 02
  • Appears in...

    Entertainment & Humour
    Magicians of the past ghosts Historic Magicians Magicians
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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