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\u201CSapphic Cinemania! Female Authorship, Queer Desires and the Birth of Cinema\u201D considers the twenty-plus cinematic Sappho/Sapho films produced between 1896 and 1931, analyzing them in relation to the ancient lyric poet Sappho (630-570 BCE), after whom they are titled, and from whom we inherit the contemporary terms for female homosexuality. It argues that these critically neglected films activated the late Victorian era\u2019s dual associations with Sappho\u2014of both \u201Cdeviant\u201D sexuality and authorial genius\u2014and that they upend long standing assumptions about sexuality and authorship in the silent era. \u201CSapphic Cinemania!\u201D uses original archival sources, including trade and fan magazines, studio catalogues, scrapbooks and other ephemera such as tobacco trade cards, paper dolls, and erotic \u201CFrench\u201D postcards, to contextualize key Sappho films in relation to landmarks of screen history (such as Thomas Edison\u2019s iconic film The Kiss and Alice Guy Blache\u0301\u2019s La fe\u0301e aux Choux), the legacy of cutting-edge nineteenth and early twentieth century artists (such as Rosa Bonheur, Charlotte Cushman and Olga Nethersole), and the history of sexuality (as indexed through the trials of Olga Nethersole, 1900, and Maud Allan, 1917). It finds that the abrupt disappearance of the title Sappho from the American screen after 1917 foreshadows the \u201Cdisappearance\u201D of female film directors from the early American film industry, revealing the emergent figure of the motion picture director as a gendered, racialized, and sexualized construct that developed in response to the social changes wrought during the early twentieth century. It concludes that the Sappho films of silent cinema were foundational to the early US film industry and that they demonstrate the centrality of queer and lesbian public voice, artistic vision, and sexual agency in shaping mainstream American values and culture.

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Miss Fernande is known as "the queen" of French erotic postcards. More than a hundred years after her modeling career, Miss Fernande is still the most popular model among numerous of anonymous nude vintage postcard models, and her postcards get sold for the highest prices of all at online auctions. Jean Agélou's numerous photo series show Miss Fernande modeling over several years, documenting the change of her body from a young girl to a more voluptuous woman in later years. She must have used the postcards as signature cards for her business, and that's probably the lucky reason why her name is still known today. The story about discovering her name is told in the book "Die verbotene Venus" (The Forbidden Venus) by Ferruccio Farina. The author found a postcard of her (displayed here on the right) with imprinted name and address and a handwritten signature on the backside. Some internet sources erroneously identified Miss Fernande as Fernande Barrey (1893-1960), but there is no real proof for this hypothesis. The article on Wikipedia cites Christian Bourdon's book about Jean Agélou, but in his book he actually says that there is not more than just coincidence in age. Apart from Miss Fernande's first name, there is no other reliable information available about her life or other biographical details. At least her year of birth is quite reliable verified, because Jean Agélou mentions the age of his models shown in the magazine "L'Étude Académique". In issue No.119 from February 1st 1911, Miss Fernande is shown on 4 photographs and the model's age stated is 18. If this stated age is not just "corrected" out of legal reasons, Miss Fernande was most likely born in 1893.

Chris Philpott's French Postcards is a wildly entertaining version of Paul Curry's Out of this World. "A brilliant Out of this World experience! When Chris did this for me I had one of those "*^%$@ why didn't I think of that?" moments. Presentational gold!" -Steve Valentine A study out of Cornell University recently made headlines: subjects could predict if a picture was going to appear on the left or right side of a computer screen but only when they used erotic pictures! To test the theory, you show 12 postcards from various destinations and 12 French postcards (these are vintage nudes -- elegant, sepia-toned, upper-body nudity). The cards are mixed; then, without looking, a spectator sorts them by sensing if a card has sexual energy or not. The results are perfect! The effect includes 24 custom-made postcards, written instructions and links to video instructions, updates, extra effects and a bonus comedy script by professional comic and magician, Bruce Gold. Also includes Jon Armstrong's "Out of this Blah Blah Blah," the cleanest OOTW handling ever! "Finally, a reason to do Out of this World, that holds attention from start to finish. With French Postcards, they'll never forget you!" -Steve Valentine French Postcards Key Selling Points: Paul Curry's Out of this World (released in 1942) is justly revered as one of the greatest of all card tricks. The plot is clear and seems utterly impossible: a spectator uses intuition to separate the red cards from the black cards. It's powerful, empowering and easy-to-do... And yet, it is far from a perfect trick. What exactly does the audience see in performance? They see someone sort 52 pieces of paper into two piles. That's not magic, it's filing! While there have been hundreds of methodological variations on OOTW, most don't address the core problem of making it entertaining: how do you add emotional stakes to someone dealing out cards, trying to separate red from black? By moving from playing cards, French Postcards accomplishes several important things: - More entertaining. In "French Postcards", the volunteer is not sensing if the card is red or black - he or she is sensing if it feels sexy or not. Instantly, this becomes more interesting, engaging and funnier. You don't have to tell a single joke - the situation itself is funny (but if you want to tell jokes, the script by Bruce Gold is excellent). - More real. Because the premise is based on a real study, it makes the effect more believable and relevant - this is an effect that can make spectator's cry as well as laugh (you can see both in the trailer). - Better visibility: the postcards are larger and can be seen better by your audience. The two types of cards are oriented two different ways (vertically and horizontally) and veer toward two different color-palettes (reddish versus blue-ish) to further increase visibility. The cards are visually more interesting than playing cards. - More fooling. The size of the postcards seems to preclude sleight of hand, cutting off one possible explanation for how the trick is done. And yet with all these advantages, French Postcards is no more difficult than the original effect. QUOTES:"Love these! What a fun, creative spin on a classic!" - Charlie Frye "Chris Philpott's French Postcards is the best presentation of Out of this World I have ever seen, and the most "magic for the buck" I have ever purchased!" - Bob Meigs (Five Stars) "This is a wonderful update to the classic Paul Curry plot, Out of This World. I very highly recommend this product!" - Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz, My Lovely Assistant "Great, great, great reimagining of Out of This World! I love this routine!" - Andy Hofer "With French Postcards, Chris tells a compelling story in just a few sentences. Once interest has been generated, he then puts the participant INTO the tale. This is a brilliant combination and, along with being a retelling of a classic, is why the effect garners such strong reactions." - Bill Cushman "French Postcards has a great hook, a justification, a clever prop, and an intriguing involvement of the spectator." - Simon Aronson "It looked to me just how the real thing it might look and that's not something I see that often." - Sean Giles "I've just used French Postcards at a gig tonight during that: "show us something different moment". WOW what great reactions! Can't thank you enough!" - Graham Lowery "They're friggin fantastic! It takes an amazing effect with a boring premise, flips it, makes it interesting and can engage a lot more people. An incredible effect!" - Mystery Arts Inc. "What a practical and brilliant idea to elevate a great effect even higher." - Tom Jorgenson "The best version of the best card effect ever!" - Rob Maron


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