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In Martin Scorsese’s Hugo the developing relationship between two of the most important characters, the film pioneer George Meliés (Ben Kingsley) and the titular Hugo (Asa Butterfield), is illustrated in a series of magic tricks. Working with Paul Kieve, I ensured that the magic perfectly fitted the period in which the film was set and training the actors to perform various pieces of card conjuring. We also supervised the filming of the magic scenes in Shepperton Studios and on location in Paris, ensuring that everything worked perfectly on set. Hugo won five Academy Awards, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe.

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