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Its suggested in the movie itself that these illusions are possible. A couple of performers (perhaps) demonstrate to the inspector how it could be done using what would be called Smoke and Mirrors (S&M) today. It can be surmised that Eisenheim perfected the technique and used it for his illusion.


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They are really what happened, they are presented in this manner to show that the inspector is putting the pieces together. It is a twist ending that Sophie's death was faked to frame Leopold.


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Well when you look at the attempts to move it, it clearly does move, but very difficultly. I would suspect that he put some sort of extremely strong electromagnet just under the floor. That way any metal objects that are close enough are held tight towards it (like how neodymium magnets are extremely difficult to pull apart). It would be an electromagnet ...


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From an interview with writer and director Neil Burger: Q: Several of the illusions that are shown in the film are based on real illusions from that time. A: That's what I tried to do with the illusions. It is based on a short story, and it has some of the illusions in it. I used that as my point of departure. Magicians at that time -- in a ...


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From Wikipedia: As Uhl leaves the Imperial Palace, a boy runs up to hand him a folio explaining one of Eisenheim's magic tricks. Uhl demands to know where the child obtained the folio; the child reveals that Eisenheim had given it to him. Uhl then reaches down into his pocket, to discover that he has been pick-pocketed by a disguised Eisenheim, while ...


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Magical performances comprising of spirits being summoned on stage where pretty common even in the 19th century. The effect was achieved indeed with the use of smoke and mirror. However, a typical tool in usage was the Fantascope aka Magic Lantern. This apparatus is also seen in the movie but can be easily overlooked as normal lanterns. I found this ...


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My frustration with the entire film was figuring out the dividing line between what was plausible for an illustionist in ca. 1889, and what was merely film special effects. The added or more significant (IMHO) problem with the sword bit is, it seemed spontaneous - the prince challenged him apparently on the spot to do a trick "without the gadgetry" - and ...


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Prince Leopald took it as a challenge to reveal the mechanisms behind Eisenhams tricks out of his self-esteem. So he invited Eisenham to his private party to show everyone, like you wrote, that Eisenham was a mere charlatan and nothing more. His plan was to spoil his tricks in front of the public and this can be aptly done in his private place. At the end ...


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"was Inspector Uhl actually crazy?", No.The Inspector Uhl wasn't crazy.The actual reason of Uhl's delighted belly laugh was his dawning understanding of the final illusion done by Eisenheim(he has been pick-pocketed) and further he realized Sophie wasn't died. Those flashbacks are true? Certainly, the flashbacks were true.Because, in the end of the movie ...



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