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A screen shot from 'Hooligan Assists the Magician.'

A scene from "Hooligan Assists the Magician"

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In another adventure, Hooligan helps a professor of magic on stage during his routine. The producer of this film, J. Stuart Blackman, was famous for making "trick films," using camera techniques such as stop motion (stopping and starting the camera while making a change in the scene being filmed), dissolves (the first scene slowly fades out at the same time that a second scene slowly fades in), and multiple exposures (filming one image, then rewinding the film and shooting a second image) to achieve "magical effects." Watch "Hooligan Assists the Magician" and see if you can tell where the special effects are used. How do those ghosts and clowns appear and disappear so quickly?
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VIDEO CREDIT: Blackton, Stuart J. and Smith, Albert E. producer. "Hooligan Assists the Magician." Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.