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When I hear the term movie magic I can’t help but think that the very idea of displaying moving pictures seemed like a magic itself when it was first demonstrated to an awed public. Since that time those of the motion picture industry have pushed the bounds of human ingenuity in the pursuit of more and more realistic ways of displaying that which can only be seen in the imagination. From the 1902 French silent film A Trip to the Moon directed by Georges Méliès and released in the UK, to the present, film makers have attempted to use techniques that became known as special effects to represent that which could not be filmed in reality. Throughout film history certain pioneering special effects, such as the detailed and intense ship interiors of the Alien movies, or the incredible animatronics by Stan Winston in Jurassic Park, have stood out as singularly original. In addition to the list of new effects is the group of films that hold the honor of being points of major advances in the overall history of movie effects magic. The following is a set of movies I think best represent those pivotal moments in movie effects history. The films are in chronological order, not in any countdown, because in my opinion all made great strides in special effects advancement.

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