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Cabby's Dream, The (1906)


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A horse-drawn cab is parked in line at the kerb, the cab-driver sleeping. His dream: A magician, with a suitcase marked 'A. Presto, Magician' is waiting for a cab outside a theatre. The cabby picks him up.

They arrive at an ivy-covered building. The cabby disputes the fare offered him; the magician tosses a coin and suddenly enormous heads wearing hats appear on the ground. The magician transforms his clothing into a wizard's costume and causes two scantily clad girls to come out of the cab. They greet the cab-driver and go off. The cabby looks inside his cab, not believing what he sees but finding it empty.

Children, wearing enormous turnip heads, emerge from the cab and surround the driver before disappearing. The cab-driver starts to climb onto the cab seat when a young girl dressed as a fairy emerges and shoots an arrow at him. Children wearing animal heads come out of the cab and dance in a ring around him, while he looks increasingly distraught. The children are spirited onto the top of the cab, while the driver sinks to his knees and holds his head in his hands.