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Nobody would have been able to get close to the engineer (Fallon): if they had then they would have realized that he was Borden's twin. So it's not that they had to switch, it's that they both agreed to only live half a life. Not only could they not appear in public together, when one of them was Borden the other couldn't go out as Borden, it could have ...


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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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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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It is based on a real trick, but the sources I provided do not conclusively state if any birds in these acts were ever killed. Only rumors and at least one inquiry, resulting in no substantial proof. It appears the general nature of the trick in The Prestige is a variation of the real life, Vanishing Bird Cage: The vanishing bird cage, also known as ...


30

The audience member was supposed to be shooting a blank; and then Borden would have pretended to catch the bullet while producing a hidden bullet. Angier slipped something else in the barrel that struck Borden; you can briefly see him messing with the barrel right before the shot. Cutter indirectly explains this in the film: Cutter: A bullet catch is ...


25

I did a little research on this question and it appears that the trick MIGHT kill the canary, or might not, but inevitably did result in a lot of bird deaths. Here is the notice: The vanishing bird trick (which, I regret to say, kills a great number of canaries) is performed by means of accessories in which the costume plays a part. The bird cage ...


24

Well, for a start, he provided an interesting historical anchor for the story. But even more than that, the real Nikola Tesla was quite an enigmatic and visionary researcher with many ambitious ideas that not all found the appreciation that they might have deserved or that Tesla might have envisioned. This has led to him getting quite a bit of cult status in ...


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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 ...


21

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 ...


20

Quite a few questions but here it goes: The movie clearly shows one Angier 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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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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1) Why did Borden lead 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 for Borden. Borden also succeeded by making Angier leave the town for a long time. Considering Angier was the only tough competitor in ...


18

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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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 Borden ...


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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, ...


17

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 ...


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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 blind that I tied a simple slip knot... the other ...


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You are missing the point of having to switch back and forth between the two twins. To answer your question: imagine that they need to perform the teleportation trick. One of them disappears, and the other one shows up somewhere else at the same time. The other must look exactly like the one who disappeared, wearing the same outfit, having the same props ...


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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 afraid of the machine's power once he realized what he actually created there. Remember that when he gives it to Angier he also writes something similar to The ...


14

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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My understanding was that Cutter start sympathizing with Borden for his loss of life. Cutter was intially with Angier only, however when he saw that Angier got one innocent man hanged and also took his daughter just for revenge. So he got disgusted. Also, he wanted to destroy that machine because it was not magic trick but real dangerous magic/science ...


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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 the ...


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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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No. Borden/Fallon could not remember which knot he tied because Angier asked the wrong twin. Angier asked Fallon or vice versa, but the one who tied the knot is the other twin.


10

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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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 a ...


9

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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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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They aren't clones, they are duplicates created by Tesla's machine. Since they exactly the same person as at the time the duplicate was created they would have all the same memories and experiences as the original and thus feel and act the same way as the original.


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