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I was always my (perhaps incorrect) assumption that Tesla didn't even know the machine worked. Remember all the hats out in the forest? I thought he didn't realize that things re-materialized elsewhere, so he wasn't ever going to step into it. Working on that assumption, I guess once he discovered exactly what he did then he could have kept going back ...


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Apart from the obvious explanation that this was just not considered in the story and wouldn't have fit there, there is evidence from the movie itself and its depiction of Nikola Tesla. Tesla was just afraid of the machine's power. Remember that when he gives it to Angier he also writes something similar to The only advice for the machine's usage I can ...


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From the script: TESLA (VO) Alley has written you a thorough set of instruction. I add only one suggestion on using the machine - Destroy it. Drop it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Such a thing will only bring you misery. It appears that Tesla is either frightened of the machine, or is pragmatically recognizing that the power such ...



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