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Disappearing Tricks: Early Film and Magic: A presentation by Matthew Solomon


Film historian Matthew Solomon shows how early cinema was shaped by magicians, who were ubiquitous figures in popular entertainment and became some of the first film exhibitors, performers, and makers. Solomon will show short films by Georges Méliès, Segundo de Chomón, and others, and scenes from the silent films of Harry Houdini. The program will include some beautifully restored archival prints of hand-colored films. Following the presentation, Solomon will sign his book, Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century (Illinois, 2010)

Free with Museum admission.