Art of the Illusionist

The Illusionist is an animation movie produced by Django Films and directed by Sylvain Chomet in 2010. The film is based on an unproduced script written by French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati in 1956. Controversy surrounds Tati's motivation for the script, which was written as a personal letter to his estranged eldest daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schie in collaboration with his long-term writing partner Henri Marquet, between writing for the films Mon Oncle and Play Time. According to Sylvain Chomet, the story "It's not a romance, it's more the relationship between a dad and a daughter." The pictures on this page are a collection of artworks created for this movie.


A down-on-his-luck illusionist watches his popularity and employment in Paris dry up. He packs his meager belongings and props, including an ill-tempered white rabbit, and moves to London. There he finds himself as the irrelevant act following a popular rock band. Despite his wounded pride, he adopts a nothing-to-lose attitude and continues plying his trade at yet smaller gatherings in bars, cafés, and private parties..