It's Melies engaged in his usual tricks here, only with the addition of a comic subplot in which his act is interrupted by a clownish dancer. I'm assuming the magician is Jack Jaggs or Tom Tight, and that the dancer is Dum-Dum, but I can't guarantee that. If this one were a little tighter and livelier, it would work better, but, as it is, it's one of Melies's duller shorts from the period. It does build up to a nice final comic moment, though. As for the tricks, you've seen them before in other Melies shorts.