Throughout the movie the two rival magicians perform a number of magic trick performances and during each performance both Borden and Angier call for the audience soon after the pledge to come up on the stage and verify that the setup looks genuine. Both the magicians have found the other among the audience a number of times. Still every time when they call for the audience, wouldn't they be aware or worried that the other magician may turn up and cause their trick to fail? If i were Angier and would call for the audience testing then the first thing i would like to do is quickly scan the room to check if Borden is around and if i would find him would get more aware of my magic trick so it wouldn't fail. Please throw some light on this...
- 1st - Borden's bullet catch, he calls for a volunteer and Angier appears
- 2nd - Angiers canary disappearance during which Borden appears and skews up the trick
- 3rd - Angier's Transported Man where Borden himself reappears instead of Angier's look-alike
- 4th - Angier's final Transported Man trick where Borden comes up on stage to inspect the machine
Considering they both are rival magicians, it's quite obvious that they attend each others' performances in a disguise either to learn a new trick or to mess up an old trick.
To summarize, whilst performing a magic trick wouldn't either magician be insecure or aware of the other magician's presence during their performance?