- Special effects are visual illusions in a film or image, or the art of creating such illusions.
An example of special effects is making it seem that a person is falling off a mountain and then making that person seem to scale back up the mountain.
special effects definition by Webster's New World
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- artificial visual effects, either realistic or fantastic, used to create illusions in films
- the art or work of creating these illusions
- the complex mechanical devices and photographic techniques used to produce the effects