[La Planche du diable]



[La Planche du diable]

Plancha del Diablo

baile y gimnasia grotesca

MEL 1904-A

The Devilish Plank

Here a magician enters. There follow him two clowns turning somersaults and cartwheels. After doing a few comical steps of a dance, they are commanded to bring in the “Devilish Plank.” Which has two holes in it with a flange around each hole, giving them the appearance of two half-cisterns without the bottom. Placing le plank upon two trestles the clowns pass through the holes and are changed, in passing, to valets in some mysterious manner. Then the magician makes a few passes and there rise out of the holes two ladies, while he gets under the plank and passes his hands from end to end to show that it is absolutely open underneath. The two ladies step down and do a dance. They step upon the plank and go down through the holes, thus disappearing in the same manner in which they had appeared. The valets turns a somersault, and when they alight on their feet they are dressed as clowns. Arm in arm with the magician, they walk off the stage. This subject is very amusing and deceiving.

MEL 1905-A


1 Méliès 589-590  
2 Georges Méliès  
3 1904 40m/130ft
4 France