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Georges Méliès and his Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination

Georges Méliès as the magician in The Vanishing Lady (Star Film, 1896)
Georges Méliès as the magician in Escamotage d’une dame chez Robert-Houdin (The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert-Houdin, Star Film, 1896) (link here) .

Born in 1861 in Paris, Georges Méliès started his artistic endeavors as a child. By the age of ten,  he was building his own stage sets for marionette shows and drawing caricatures of his teachers. Méliès continued his artistic and theatrical pursuits, including studying magic, despite his father wanting him to work solely in the family shoe business. In time, the family business was successful enough that Méliès was able to buy his own Paris theater: Théâtre Robert-Houdin.