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First of all, as we learn at the end, the whole diary was made up to lead Angier on a wrong track. This means we cannot rely on the fact that he didn't know which knot it was to be the ultimate truth just because it was in his diary (and even less if he just tells him from his own mouth). So there are different possibilities and I (as well as the movie, I ...


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While this is an interresting idea (and one which others have brought up on this site before, but I'm glad someone finally turned this into a proper question), I think it contradicts both the movie's plot and its overall themes. So no, I don't think there is much evidence in favor of this theory, but there is IMHO very well evidence against it, even if not ...


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Quite a few questions but here it goes: The movie clearly shows 1 Angiers always drowning. He used the machine each time he performed the show to clone himself and then killed the Angiers that stayed on the stage to prevent multiple Angiers from walking around at the same time. This is part of his vanity as he wanted to get all credit. He could have cloned ...


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As you say, he told the original story about the sailor to Angier to comfort him after his wife had drowned during the show, in a box very similar to that used by Angier in The Real Teleported Man 'trick'. It is my interpretation that Cutter was disgusted with the lengths that Angier has gone to prove he was the better magician. It is possible (but in my ...


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1) Why Borden led Angier to Tesla? Borden tried to mislead Angier by giving his diary, which Olivia acted as she had stolen from Borden, on request of Borden, to make fun out of him proving he (Angier) was no match with Borden. Borden also succeeded Angier to make him leave the town for a long time. Considering Angier was the only tough competitor in ...


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I think the problem as Angier sees it is 'which one had the right to get his life'. If he were to allow the other Angier to live, would it end up killing him to replace him. Just because someone has the same personality as you doesn't in my opinion make it less likely that they would feel threatened by you, actually with shared memories and understanding, ...


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As @ChristianRau suggests, this could simply be guilt, or suppressed memory. I think it is possibly both, coupled with the fact that Borden/Fallon are twins. From the voice over as Angier reads Borden's diary: BORDEN (V.O.) How often I've fought with my self over that night .. one half of me swearing bling that i tied a simple slip knot... the ...


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I guess he just recognized Borden from the people examining the apparatus while he stood in it and assumed that he will probably walk behind the stage (or maybe even saw him do that). The fact is, that Angier was at that point in time so much sunken in his wrath against Borden and the desire to know how his Trasported Man worked, that he didn't just do ...


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In some scenes : Yes. The only way we can differentiate these two people is by who they loved. One of them loved Sarah and the other Olivia. At the scene where Sarah tells Borden (the one who appears on the scene) that she is pregnant his immediate reaction is : "We should tell Fallon". In this particular scene Fallon is the Borden who loved Sarah. All ...


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The real voice of the character is the British one. Lord Caldlow is a British Aristocrat who changed his name and accent to hide his true origin, in order to pursue his dream of being a stage magician. This choice of this career, effectively in showbusiness, would have severely embarrassed his family. So he pretends to be the American Robert Angier. From ...


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In addition to iandotkelly's already good answer, I'd say it just doesn't fit to Angier's nature. One of the major differences between Borden and Angier is, that Angier couldn't ever imagine to devote his entire life to "just a magic trick", and always wanted to go the easy way, whereas Borden took his art as serious as to only live half a life for his ...


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The answer is given in the scene following the first time we see Julia performing the trick. CUTTER I saw you drop the knot again, Borden. JULIA I think I had my wrist turned. CUTTER (ignoring Julia) Some nights you just can't get it, can you? If that knot slips when Julia's on the hoist she'll break a leg. Cutter is criticizing ...


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I would like to add some more points and try to point which was the Borden who loved Olivia and the Borden who loved Sarah in each scene. 1) I loved Sarah. He loved Olivia. says a lot of things in the last scene of the movie. BORDEN WHO LOVED SARAH loved Sarah and BORDEN WHO LOVED OLIVIA loved Olivia. Now how can we say that the living one is BORDEN WHO ...


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Angier moves the bodies to the old abandoned Theatre that he rehearsed the show in, to clear them out of the Theatre he was performing in, and does this nightly after the show. The blind stage-hands will assist with this process, as they have no idea that they are transporting bodies in the tanks. There is no indication from the movie that he had any ...


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See on this my opinion is that ANgier did this whole setup - 100 shows of 'The Real Transported Man' to trap Bordon. He knew that one day Bordon will come up the stage disguised in some form and he will go below the stage to see what's happening. This is also evident from one scene when Bordon goes home after he first sees Angier's trick. He says it there ...


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I thought the clone just stayed hidden and observed the audience for a few second, to see their reactions. (There was always a pause between the disappearance and the reappearance) Since when Borden found his dead body, he started shouting, which everyone in the audience heard. So the clone just waited and heard if Borden was shouting. If yes, he now knows ...


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I assumed that he had arranged with his brother ahead of time that he would walk her home and ask to come in for tea and to then find an excuse not to in order to 'appear' inside. Either she would decline or he would adlib a different reason not to go in through the door with her. Magicians are usually very good at adlibbing under pressure.


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Excellent question, you raise here. The only trick Borden knew was using his other twin brother. So it is expected that he used his brother. But it is possible that Borden wanted to pick that girl and so after his performance was over, he instructed his brother to enter her house. But again one can argue then how did he know that heir conversation was ...


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I think one of the twin brother is not good at tying the knot, which is evident as said by Cutter : "Some nights you just can't get it, can you? If that knot slips when Julia's on the hoist she'll break a leg". So that night the twin brother who is not good at tying simple knots tied the knot. Both of the twin brothers are probably good at tying Langford ...


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This has been unanswered for too long, so I'm just going to say it. NO. That is not him. Beyond throwing CGI money away on such an inconsequential shot, if you look at the other man's features you'll notice much different bone and cartilage structures around the eye sockets, more-centered zygomatic bones (cheekbones), and a more acute angle where the nasal ...


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It should be noted that while Tesla was not responsible for Borden's trick, he did in fact make a machine for Borden, who in one scene uses a Tesla Coil on stage during a performance. So clearly Borden took a real interest in Tesla, enough to purchase one of the man's electrical devices. Thus, we have further evidence that Borden's use of Tesla as the ...


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This is one of those things that could probably never be answered, I am not even sure the author really knows. All the comments above make good points, so not to distract from them, but felt this deserved at least one answer ... The final narration and the 'clues' that are revealed are meant to be provocative. A set of identical men with different ...


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I think it is implied that the date we are seeing is at some time subsequent to their initial meeting, which would allow them to know where she lives and to have one of them (the one that wants to be alone with her) waiting there after the lunch date.


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When Cutter first goes to the address on the back of the card and sees it's Robert, Robert makes a comment that the show has to be huge because Bordon 'must come to see it' and try to figure it out; in other words, he's already planning to set Bordon up for his 'murder'. The original machine does not have a trap door; Angiers has installed that for 3 ...


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Bordon's character resembles a man who wants to get ahead. He doesn't want to keep being an assistant. He wants to be a great magician himself. For this he has to learn tircks. For learning tricks he has to do experiments. In a scene we see him throwing a cage with a dead bird inside it. This proves that he is constantly trying things and failing too. This ...


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I think Borden and Julia both were trying to do something new. You see from the very first starting of the movie, Borden speaks one thing again and again in the movie that the tricks they use is becoming overly boring and that they should need a change or a break to let the viewers enjoy a new category of tricks, not the conventional tricks. The way Borden ...


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It's possible that one of the twins deliberately tied the Langford double knot, knowing Julia won't be able to break free from it in time, in order to sabotage Angier's act and eliminate the business competition - so that the only great magicians remaining in town would be the Borden brothers. This ruthlessness in business, this willingness to sacrifice ...


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So here is my grand theory (if I understood the question correctly):- Angier was Lord Coldlow from the very beginning. He just pretended to be the American Robert Angier, to spare his family the embarrassment of his theatrical career. So existence of Lord Caldlow is clear. Later on the day of the accident, Angier called spectators to check the machine. ...



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