The Live Action Film:
- Designated Hero: Depending on how you see Eisenheim after he frames the prince for murder, he's either this or a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Magnificent Bastard: Eisenheim is a nice version (debatably), but really, can you call him anything else after the Gambit Roulette? By the looks of Uhl's expression, he's probably thinking the same thing.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The recurring motif of the butterfly — secrecy, a double life, rebirth, a new life... nicely handled.
The Animated Film:
- Awesome Art: Holy crap does this movie look amazing.
- Ear Worm: ''Chanson Illusionniste'', serving as the main theme to the film.
- The song that the depressed clown plays in his hotel room.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme.
- Jerkass Woobie: The rabbit.
- Tear Jerker: The whole film itself is quite depressing, about giving up dreams and facing harsh reality but when Tatischeff releases the rabbit into the wild at the end tissues will be needed.
- "Les magiciens n'existent pas."
- Also: the Sad Clown's suicide attempt (made worse by the fact that he's not shown again after leaving the hotel, so he could well have ended up killing himself after all), and all the scenes with the Ventriloquist in the latter part of the film. In the last scenes of the film, his beloved dummy is sitting in the window of the pawn shop marked 'FREE' and yet still nobody wants it, and he's begging on a street corner. And this is one of the lovable comic relief characters.