Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
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Magician's Wife Makes the Christmas Cake
There's magical mayhem in the kitchen when the magician's wife makes use of a most unusual cooking utensil - her husband's magic wand.
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In her 'austerity' kitchen the magician's wife decides to make a cake. When things start to go wrong she finds the ultimate kitchen helper - her husband's wand. She can now un-smash broken eggs, put split milk back into the bottle and turn a matchbox into a mousetrap. She even turns a cremated cake into a chocolate triumph, impressing a friend in the process. A gramophone player becomes a cake-stand but things go awry when she isn't looking and the icing starts flying.
Ashford resident 'Sonny' Hanson was a keen and creative amateur film-maker who began his hobby in the 1930s. A member of the Ashford Film Society, 'Sonny' collaborated on a large number of mostly fictional productions. His experiments in special effects like stop-motion animation and reverse-action, as seen in this film, suggest that Sonny Hanson was a skilled and imaginative amateur film-maker who thoroughly enjoyed his hobby.