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a 2006 British-American mystery thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, with a screenplay adapted from Christopher Priest's 1995 novel of the same name.

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Who was in the coffin?

In The Prestige, Angier & Cutter take Fallon prisoner and bury him in a coffin, as hostage for Borden's secret. Borden comes and hands over the key to the diary, then digs out Fallon. Which one ...
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Is the bird killing in The Prestige based on historical reality?

In The Prestige (2006), there is a magic trick in which a bird is made to disappear and it is revealed that the bird is secretly killed by crushing it flat to make it "disappear". Is this trick from ...
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Why did the bullet catch go wrong in The Prestige?

In the scene where Borden was performing a bullet catch trick he gave the gun to an audience member. So, he was really expecting the audience member to shoot the bullet. Then Angier gets the pistol ...
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Two magician films released nearly the same time.. any connection? [duplicate]

Both The Illusionist and The Prestige are about turn of the century performing magicians, and were released not even two months apart from each other; the former was released September 1st, 2006, and ...
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What is real in The Prestige? [closed]

Most of the story is about two people reading each other diary, which is itself conceived as a "trap" or a "trick" for the other magician. It is possible indeed that the "duplicating" machine is not ...
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What are the parallels between Angier/Borden and Edison/Tesla?

In The Prestige, Angier and Borden's rivalry seems to be inspired by The War of the Currents. Are there any parallels between the characters of Angier and Borden with Edison and Tesla?
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The clones are sentient paradox [duplicate]

This is what Angier says to Borden when the latter asks him "What do you know about sacrifice?": "It takes courage to walk into the machine... Not knowing if I'd be the Prestige or the man in the box....
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Would the clones be emotionally and mentally same as the original?

In the movie The Prestige, Angier with the help of Tesla introduces a machine that can clone whatever falls into it in his performance. However, we also know that the original Angier might have ended ...
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Were Angier and Borden aware of the other's presence during their magic tricks?

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 ...
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Had Julia realized Borden's secret, leading him to kill her purposely?

A key event in The Prestige involves magician Borden precipitating the death of his colleague's wife Julia by incorrectly tying a knot during an elaborate magic trick. Just before and/or while tying ...
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Why did Borden do that to his wife in The Prestige?

In the movie The Prestige, Borden's big magic trick relies on ensuring that So far so good, but for some reason they also periodically switch their roles. Later when one of them falls in love and ...
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What does this dialogue mean in the movie Prestige?

In The Prestige, when Angier visits Borden in prison, he asks him: Don't they know you can't escape without your rubber ball? (As can be seen in this clip.) What does this dialogue mean?
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Audience's approval vs. skill of the craft

At the end of The Prestige, one of the Borden twins shoots Angier. Angier reveals that he's a magician for the approval of the audience. He loves to hear the people cheering, he loves to convince them ...
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How did Ackerman know Angier's trick was “real magic”?

To set up his ultimate act of revenge in The Prestige, Angier (played by Hugh Jackman) asks his ingenue Cutter (Michael Caine) to help him book a spectacular venue for Angier's new magic show, which ...
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Which character died at the end of “The Prestige”? [duplicate]

Probably goes without saying, but big spoiler alert! The big plot twist of the movie "The Prestige" is that At the end of the movie, It just occurred to me, that I don't actually know which ...
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Why did Cutter betray Angier and lead Borden to kill him?

Why did Cutter betray Angier and lead Borden to kill him Angier at the end of the movie? Angier's wife drowned, Borden's wife hanged, Fallon/Borden hanged. But Cutter had no motive to do any of this, ...
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About Borden's relation to Fallon [duplicate]

As we know that it was Borden who sends Angier to Tesla when he asks the trick behind his magic. So, How did Borden knew that Tesla's machine could create a replica? Did he use Tesla's machine to ...
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Why do we see Tesla “inventing” the machine in “The Prestige”?

I understand the whole magic/cloning/one-upping each other bit in "The Prestige". I don't understand why they specifically needed Nicola Tesla to be the inventor/creator of this cloning machine. ...
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How did Cutter know Angier's method?

About half way through The Prestige the court magistrate meets with John Cutter in Angier's warehouse. Cutter tells the magistrate that he can't let Lord Cawdlow take Robert's machine, that it is too ...
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Why didn't Tesla use his machine to make money before selling it to Angier?

In The Prestige, Nikola Tesla builds the magician Rupert Angier a teleport machine that also ends up duplicating the object placed inside of it. It is further revealed that Tesla is bankrupt, and that ...
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the secret of the Tesla letter in The Prestige [duplicate]

In the movie The Prestige, I realized that But I don't understand anything about that specific letter that Borden gave to Angier. He wrote Tesla on it. What was that about? Is there a possibility ...
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Why does Robert Angier not use a double for “The Real Transported Man”?

Why does Robert Angier choose to die everyday instead of using the machine just once to create his clone? Here are some reasons that I don't think justify his act. Ego issues: It didn't work well ...
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Is Borden's secret revealed as soon as the 11th minute of the movie?

In the film The Prestige, Borden's secret is that Watching the movie for the second time, I noticed a man looking just like Christian Bale sitting next to Borden at the beginning of the scene where ...
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Is Borden's true identity real, or another ruse?

Towards the end of The Prestige, it's revealed that Borden accomplishes his Transported Man trick by using his twin brother as a double. It then becomes clear that he has been doing this in his ...
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Did Angier know that Borden was backstage at his final magic show?

I recently rewatched The Prestige and find this question to be central to understanding the plot. In the final narration Cutter seems to be challenging the audience to discover a further, hidden ...
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How does Borden do The Transported Man after his date with Sarah?

At the end of Alfred Borden's first date with Sarah, he asks her if he could come into her apartment for a cup of tea. When she says that the landlord would not allow it, Borden jokes that a small ...
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Angier actually British?

In the Prestige, when the identity of Lord Caldlow is revealed to be Angier, he speaks with a British accent instead of the American accent he's used all film. Which is the real voice?
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How did Angier perform The Real Transported Man?

I always thought that in The Prestige Angier, like Borden, cloned himself just once, and then, for his 100 performances, again like Borden, used that one clone for the show. I did not think that he ...
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Why did Cutter retell the sailor story?

At the end of the movie, before leaving Angier behind, Cutter and Angier have this conversation Cutter: Take a minute to consider your achievement. I once told you about a sailor who described ...
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Why did Borden lead Angier to Tesla?

In the movie The Prestige, why did Borden lead Angier to Tesla? Didn't he know that it would make him more successful? And did the other half not know about the plan, which is why he went to inspect ...
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Why does Borden want to change the knot used in the trick?

Why does Borden want to change the knot used in the tank trick? Is it because he is poor at tying it?
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Is it possible to tell who is who in each scene?

After reading the answer to this question: Why doesn't Borden know which knot he tied?, in which Angler was told by the wrong twin which knot resulted in his wife's death. Is it possible to tell ...
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Why doesn't Angier dispose of the bodies in the tanks?

In the movie "The Prestige", after each "Real Transported Man" magic show, Angier doesn't dispose of his dead clones but just keeps them (along with the water tank). Does he think they are proof of ...
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Why doesn't Borden know which knot he tied?

In "The Prestige", why does Borden keep saying (in the diary as well as to Angier) that he doesn't know which knot he tied at the scene where Julia drowns? It's got to be one of the twin brothers ...
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How did Angier know not to appear in The Prestige?

In The Prestige, the secret to Angier's 'Real Transported Man' trick is that he is effectively cloned while teleporting, and the original Angier is drowned when disappearing under the stage. When ...