- 1. Are you watching closely?
- 2. Every magic trick
consists of three parts or acts.
- 3. The first part is called the Pledge.
- 4. The magician shows you
- 5. a deck of cards, a bird, or a man.
- 6. He shows you this object...
- 7. perhaps he asks you to inspect it...
- 8. to see that it is, indeed, real.
- 9. Yeah, unaltered, normal.
- 10. But of course, it probably isn't.
- 11. - Where do you think you're going?
- I'm part of the bloody act, you fool.
- 12. The second act is called the Turn.
- 13. The magician takes
the ordinary something...
- 14. and makes it
do something extraordinary.
- 15. Now, you're looking for the secret,
but you won't find it...
- 16. because, of course,
you're not really looking.
- 17. You don't really wanna know.
- 18. You want to be fooled.
- 19. But you wouldn't clap yet...
- 20. because making something disappear
- 21. You have to bring it back.
- 22. That's why every magic trick
has a third act.
- 23. The hardest part.
- 24. The part we call the Prestige.
- 25. The Prestige. And did Robert Angier,
the Great Danton, your employer...
- 26. get to that final part
of his trick that night?
- 27. - No, sir. Something went wrong.
- What went wrong?
- 28. I saw someone
making their way below stage.
- 29. I followed him.
- 30. It was Borden,
watching Mr. Angier drown.
- 31. Would you please describe
your occupation to the jury, Mr. Cutter?
- 32. I'm an ingénieur.
- 33. I design illusions and construct the
apparatus necessary for performing them.
- 34. So, Mr. Cutter...
- 35. was this water-filled tank
beneath the stage...
- 36. part of Mr. Angier's illusion?
- 37. No, no. It was...
- 38. The tank was brought on for the first trick
and then taken off-stage.
- 39. Borden must have placed it
under the trap door after the interval.
- 40. How large was this tank?
- 41. Oh, it's a normal tank for escape
underwater, about 4 or 500 gallons.
- 42. How do you think Mr. Borden...
- 43. was able to move the tank under
the trap door without anyone noticing?
- 44. He's a magician. Ask him.
- 45. I ask again that this man explain
the mechanics of Mr. Angier's illusion.
- 46. The Real Transported Man...
- 47. is one of the most sought-after illusions
in this business.
- 48. I have the right to sell it on.
- 49. If I reveal the method here,
then the trick is worthless.
- 50. How can we know that the tank wasn't
some part of the trick that went wrong?
- 51. Mr. Cutter, I see your predicament...
- 52. but Alfred Borden's life
hangs in the balance.
- 53. If you were prepared to disclose
the details to me in private...
- 54. I might be able to judge
their relevance to the case.
- 55. Might this be an acceptable compromise?
- 56. I'm gonna have to ask you
to turn out your pockets.
- 57. Not my idea, sir.
- 58. The warden saw his show in Manchester
last year where he vanished into thin air.
- 59. He's convinced he'll try and escape.
- 60. I told him the only way
that Borden's gonna disappear...
- 61. is if I leave him out there
with the other inmates.
- 62. Check the locks.
- 63. Twice.
- 64. My name is Owens.
- 65. I'm a solicitor.
- 66. I represent Lord Caldlow, an accomplished
amateur magician and historian...
- 67. How much?
- 68. - Lord Caldlow is interested...
- How much for my tricks?
- 69. Five thousand pounds.
- 70. Talk with Fallon, my ingénieur.
Money's for him.
- 71. Yes, I did.
He offered to sell me your tricks.
- 72. All except the most valuable one:
The Transported Man.
- 73. Well, I wouldn't forgive myself
for selling my greatest trick.
- 74. Even for your daughter?
- 75. If the newspapers are right
and you are for the drop...
- 76. your daughter will need looking after.
- Fallon will take care of her.
- 77. Bernard Fallon? A man with a past
almost as obscure as your own.
- 78. Courts motioned that the girl
be removed from his care.
- 79. No, the girl will be an orphan.
- 80. I know you're no stranger to the workhouse.
It's better than here?
- 81. I'm offering you a way
to wrap up your affairs with dignity.
- 82. And I'm offering your daughter a future.
- 83. As Lord Caldlow's ward,
she will want for nothing. Ever.
- 84. Well, think it over.
- 85. And Lord Caldlow would like you
to have this as a show of good faith.
- 86. He said it might be of interest.
This is Robert Angier's diary.
- 87. Including the time he spent
in Colorado learning your trick.
- 88. - He never learned my trick.
- 89. On his return from Colorado, he mounted
a version of The Transported Man...
- 90. that the papers said
was better even than your original.
- 91. If you want Angier's secrets,
you go dig him up and ask him yourself.
- 92. I want your secret, Mr. Borden.
- 93. Consider your daughter.
- 94. A cipher. An enigma.
- 95. A search. A search for answers.
- 96. EVen if Colorado
is the end of my journey...
- 97. it'll take much longer to unravel
the rest of Borden's secrets.
- 98. See, the cipher in his notebook
is unlocked by a single word...
- 99. but it will still take months to translate
his writing and to know his mind.
- 100. Well, my passion is equal to the task.
- 101. Mr. Angier?
Welcome to Colorado Springs.
- 102. - The whole town has electricity.
- Yes, sir.
- 103. Well, quite a reception.
- 104. You're our first guest of the season,
- 105. Your telegram didn't indicate
how long you'll be staying with us.
- 106. For as long as it takes.
- 107. I'll need a coach tomorrow
to take me up the mountain.
- 108. Well, the peak is closed, sir,
for scientific experimentation.
- 109. Yes, I know. That's why I'm here.
- 110. You'll have to walk the rest,
I'm afraid, sir.
- 111. I'm amazed how many of you
newspaper writers can't read my sign.
- 112. Not the welcome I was expecting.
- 113. I know you.
- 114. You're the Great Danton.
I saw your show in London seven times.
- 115. You guessed every object
the audience had in their pockets.
- 116. I'm Alley.
- 117. Sorry about the fence.
People interfere with our work.
- 118. - I've come to see Tesla.
- 119. He made a machine
for a colleague of mine sometime ago.
- 120. - Can you get me a meeting with him?
- Impossible, I'm afraid.
- 121. I brought a lot of money.
- 122. I'm sorry, Mr. Angier.
- 123. I simply can't help you.
- 124. I'll be staying at the hotel. Indefinitely.
- 125. Hey, what am I holding?
- 126. Your watch.
- 127. Borden's journal entry for April 3rd, 1897,
describes a show at the Orpheum Theater.
- 128. That was just days after he first met me.
- 129. We were two young men
at the start of a great career.
- 130. Two young men devoted to an illusion.
- 131. Two young men
who never intended to hurt anyone.
- 132. Which of you brave souls is willing
to bind this lovely young woman?
- 133. If you would tie her wrists.
- 134. Bind her feet around the ankle.
- 135. Are either of you two gentlemen sailors?
- 136. - No.
- 137. I'm sure you can both tie a strong knot.
- 138. He's complacent,
he's predictable, he's boring.
- 139. I mean, Milton has gotten success,
whatever that means...
- 140. and now he's scared.
He won't take any risks at all.
- 141. I mean, he's squandering
the goodwill of the audience...
- 142. with tired, second-rate tricks.
- They're old favorites.
- 143. Favorites? Give me something fresh.
He won't even try a bullet catch.
- 144. A bullet catch is suicide.
- 145. All it takes is some smart-ass volunteer
to put a button in the barrel.
- 146. - Fine. Use a plant.
- You can't for every trick.
- 147. - There'd be no seats left for the punters.
- No bullet catch.
- 148. Whatever. The point is that a real magician
tries to invent something new...
- 149. that other magicians
are gonna scratch their heads over.
- 150. And then you sell it to him
for a small fortune.
- 151. - All right.
- 152. I suppose you have such a trick.
- 153. - Actually, I do.
- Would you care to sell it to me?
- 154. No.
No one else could do my trick.
- 155. - Any trick can be duplicated, right?
- 156. If Mr. Borden
has invented his masterpiece...
- 157. it might be only he's prepared to do it.
- 158. Milton is a great showman,
but Borden is right.
- 159. He won't get his hands dirty.
- 160. If you wanna see what it takes
to make real magic, go to the Tenley.
- 161. There's a Chinaman there,
and he really has what it takes.
- 162. - Chung Ling Soo.
- Pricey. I can't afford that.
- 163. I know the bloke on the door.
- 164. You two go and see that show...
- 165. and whichever one of you
can tell me...
- 166. how he does
the goldfish-bowl trick...
- 167. gets a prize.
- All right.
- 168. - Which is?
- Ten minutes on-stage...
- 169. with my old friend Mr. Ackerman.
- 170. - Really?
- Who's Ackerman?
- 171. The top theatrical agent in London.
- 172. I saw you drop the knot again.
- 173. - I think I turned my wrist.
- Some nights, you just don't get it, do you?
- 174. I mean, if that knot slips
and Julia's on the hoist, she'll break a leg.
- 175. It's the wrong knot. Like I said,
the Langford double will hold tighter.
- 176. The Langford double isn't a wet knot.
It's too dangerous.
- 177. If the rope swells up, she won't slip it.
- 178. - I can slip a Langford underwater.
- She can slip it. We'll practice.
- 179. Hey, Borden, he said no.
- 180. Yeah, well, you know knots
better than me, do you?
- 181. Listen, no more mistakes.
- 182. All right. Yeah, do you?
You wanna take over?
- 183. - Just leave it.
- I didn't think so.
- 184. - Hey, Cutter, where's he from?
- Where are you from?
- 185. - He shifts props for Virgil at the hall.
- Aren't you worried he'll steal your tricks?
- 186. - He doesn't deal in methods.
- How do you know?
- 187. Because I hired him to find out
how Virgil does the orange trick.
- 188. - Well, I don't trust him.
- He's a natural magician.
- 189. Of course you can't trust him.
- 190. I think he's all right.
- 191. - You think everyone's all right.
- Even you.
- 192. Watch your sightlines. If I can see you
kissing your wife's leg every night...
- 193. so can the blokes
at the ends of row three and four.
- 194. - You're wrong. It can't be.
- No, it is.
- 195. - Look at the man.
- This is the trick.
- 196. This is a performance right here.
This is why no one can detect his method.
- 197. Total devotion to his art.
- 198. Utter self-sacrifice, you know?
- 199. It's the only way to escape all this,
- 200. All right.
- 201. I can barely lift this thing
and it's not even filled with water.
- 202. Or fish. Look.
- 203. I don't know. Hang on a second.
- 204. He must be strong as an ox.
- 205. He's been pretending
to be a cripple for years.
- 206. Any time he's in public. Any time
he goes out. It's unthinkable.
- 207. Borden saw it at once,
but I couldn't fathom it.
- 208. Living my whole life
pretending to be someone else.
- 209. - You're pretending to be someone else.
- I don't think changing a name compares.
- 210. Not just your name.
Who you are and where you're from.
- 211. I promised my family I wouldn't embarrass
them with my theatrical endeavors.
- 212. I thought of a name for you.
- 213. The Great Danton.
- 214. Do you like it?
- 215. - But it's sophisticated.
- It's French.
- 216. Borden writes as if no one but he
understood the true nature of magic.
- 217. But what does he know of self-sacrifice?
- 218. You bloody fool.
- 219. - He killed it.
- 220. What's wrong?
- 221. - He killed it.
- I'm sure he didn't.
- 222. See? Look, now
he'll bring it back.
- 223. No, he killed it.
- 224. No.
- 225. Look. See?
He's all right. He's fine.
- 226. - Look at him.
- But where's his brother?
- 227. He's a sharp lad, your son.
- 228. Oh, he's my nephew.
- 229. You're the lucky one today.
- 230. Are you watching closely?
- 231. Look closer.
- 232. Never show anyone.
- 233. They'll beg you and they'll flatter you for
the secret, but as soon as you give it up...
- 234. you'll be nothing to them.
- 235. You understand? Nothing.
- 236. The secret impresses no one.
- 237. The trick you use it for is everything.
- 238. - Well, thank you for lunch, Mr. Borden.
- You're welcome.
- 239. - Alfred. It's Alfred.
- 240. So I could use a cup of tea.
- 241. I'd scandalize the landlord. I think not.
- 242. You think that's...?
Is that enough to keep me out?
- 243. I think so.
- 244. So I'll see you again?
- 245. Milk and sugar?
- 246. - What's in there?
- Angier's machine.
- 247. You built this, Mr. Cutter?
- 248. Oh, no, sir.
This wasn't built by a magician.
- 249. This was built by a wizard.
- 250. A man who can actually do
what magicians pretend to do.
- 251. Tell me, Your Honor, what happens
with these things after the trial?
- 252. They've been sold to a Lord Caldlow.
- 253. An avid collector,
apparently very interested in the case.
- 254. Yeah, well, don't let him take this.
- 255. - Why ever not?
- It's too dangerous.
- 256. I'm sure beneath its bells and whistles
it's got a simple and disappointing trick.
- 257. Most disappointing of all, sir...
- 258. it has no trick.
- 259. It's real.
- 260. This is the tank Angier drowned in?
- 261. Yes.
- 262. This is the place where the performer's
hand reaches through to the trick padlock.
- 263. A standard magical apparatus
- 264. Yeah, with one important difference:
- 265. This isn't a trick lock.
- 266. It's been switched for a real one.
- 267. What a way to kill someone.
- 268. They're magicians, Your Honor.
- 269. Men who live by dressing up plain
and sometimes-brutal truths...
- 270. to amaze, to shock.
- 271. Even without an audience?
- 272. There was an audience.
- 273. You see, this water tank...
- 274. was of particular significance
to these two men.
- 275. Particularly awful significance.
- 276. Which of you brave souls is willing
to bind this lovely young woman?
- 277. If you would tie her wrists.
- 278. Bind her feet around the ankle.
- 279. Are either of you two gentlemen sailors?
- 280. No.
- 281. I'm sure you can both tie a strong knot.
- 282. Robert!
- 283. No! No! No!
- 284. Julia. Julia.
- 285. Julia! Julia!
- 286. I knew an old sailor once.
- 287. He told me he went overboard,
tangled in the sails.
- 288. They pulled him out,
but it took him five minutes to cough.
- 289. He said it was like going home.
- 290. What do you want, Borden?
- 291. I'm sorry for your loss, Angier.
- 292. Which knot did you tie?
- 293. I keep asking myself that.
- 294. - And?
- 295. I'm sorry, I just don't know.
- 296. You don't know?
- 297. I'm sorry.
- 298. You don't know?
- 299. Alfred?
- 300. Good news.
We got our first booking today.
- 301. - I don't think we've had the pleasure.
- Mr. Fallon is my ingénieur.
- 302. - Where did you get all of...?
- Begged, borrowed, and don't ask.
- 303. He's a very enterprising soul,
is Mr. Fallon.
- 304. - So...
- We can't afford to pay him.
- 305. Money will come
when we get the audience.
- 306. But what about until then? I mean,
what I earn, it's barely enough for us.
- 307. Don't worry about it. I'll share
half my food with him or something.
- 308. You're already going to be doing that
with someone else.
- 309. - No. You're...?
- Having a baby.
- 310. Oh, my God. We should have told Fallon.
- 311. That is great. We're having a baby.
- 312. - We're having a baby.
- Oh, come here.
- 313. Alfred, what's this?
- 314. Oh, this is just the trick to wake
Ackerman up at the end of my act.
- 315. Is it the masterpiece? The great trick?
- 316. No, no, no. The world is not ready
for that one yet.
- 317. This is just your run-of-the-mill,
daring, spectacular bullet catch.
- 318. - A bullet catch?
- Yeah, but it's safe, I promise. Look.
- 319. - Shoot me.
- Shoot you?
- 320. Go on, shoot me.
- 321. - Right there.
- No, I can't.
- 322. No, no, not there. Shoot me here. Don't...
- 323. - How's that?
- That's very good.
- 324. - Go on, tell me how you do it.
- No, I can't do that.
- 325. - Well, then you can't do it. Alfred...
- I can't do it?
- 326. I'm sorry, Alfred,
but I can't raise a child on my own.
- 327. - You don't tell anybody that I told you.
- 328. Gunpowder...
- 329. wadding...
- 330. and a bullet.
- 331. A ramrod.
- 332. Hold out your hand.
- 333. The bullet is not even in the gun
when the charge is fired.
- 334. Once you know,
it's actually very obvious.
- 335. Well, I mean, you still get...
- 336. It's dangerous. I mean,
people still get killed doing that.
- 337. - Well, how?
- Well, you know.
- 338. Somebody could get a smart-ass.
He can put a penny or a button...
- 339. or may God forbid, Sarah,
somebody could put a bullet there.
- 340. Don't worry. Don't worry...
- 341. because I'm not gonna let
- 342. Everything's gonna be all right...
- 343. because I love you very much.
- 344. - Say it again.
- I love you.
- 345. - Not today.
- 346. Well, on some days it's not true,
and today you don't mean it.
- 347. Maybe today you're more
in love with magic than me.
- 348. I like being able to tell the difference.
- 349. It makes the days it is true
- 350. All right.
- 351. Metal rings, ladies and gentlemen.
- 352. If there are any
ladies or gentlemen here.
- 353. - Solid metal.
- Seen that already.
- 354. - Leave it out!
- Come on.
- 355. Get out your gun, mate.
- 356. - Who threw that?
- I did!
- 357. Get out your gun.
You're gonna need it.
- 358. Get a gun.
- 359. It's what you came for, is it?
- 360. So who wants to volunteer?
- 361. Me! Me!
- 362. Me.
- 363. Watch it, cowboy.
- 364. Are you man enough, sir?
- 365. Yes.
- 366. Which knot did you tie, Borden?
- 367. I don't know.
- 368. He came in to demand an answer,
and I told him the truth.
- 369. That I have fought with myself
over that night.
- 370. One half of me swearing blind
that I tied a simple slipknot...
- 371. the other half conVinced
that I tied the Langford double.
- 372. I can never know for sure.
- 373. How can he not know?
- 374. He must know what he did. He must.
- 375. Sarah, that bloody hurts.
- 376. I don't understand
how it can be bleeding again.
- 377. It's as bad as the day it happened.
- 378. - We have to get a doctor back.
- We can't afford the bloody doctor back.
- 379. - You've woken her.
- 380. I'm sorry. I need this to heal
so I can go back to work.
- 381. Alfred, face things. What tricks
can you perform with this kind of injury?
- 382. I can do card pulls.
I can do some prop tricks.
- 383. I can still do that. And I can do the trick
that I've been telling you about.
- 384. The one that they're gonna
remember me for.
- 385. Come on.
- 386. Never thought I'd find an answer
at the bottom of a glass.
- 387. Hasn't stopped you looking.
- 388. Heard about a booking.
- 389. Nice little theater.
Young up-and-coming magician.
- 390. - Who?
- 391. You got me a booking? Why?
- 392. I wanna keep on working.
- 393. And who's gonna hire the ingénieur
that killed Julia McCullough...
- 394. in front of a sellout crowd
at the Orpheum?
- 395. Someone who knows
it wasn't your fault.
- 396. Someone who knows Alfred Borden
and his repertoire of exotic knots.
- 397. I hear he had a spot of bad luck
catching a bullet south of the river.
- 398. That's a dangerous trick, that one.
- 399. We'll have to whitewash the windows...
- 400. confound the more curious members
of the public, but it will do.
- 401. - We should see about an assistant.
- I've made some arrangements.
- 402. Have you settled on a name?
- 403. Yes, I have. The Great Danton.
- 404. It's a bit old-fashioned, isn't it?
- 405. No, it's sophisticated.
- 406. The birdcage can't be our climax.
Everybody knows it.
- 407. - Not like this they don't.
- I don't wanna kill doves.
- 408. Then stay off the stage.
You're a magician, not a wizard.
- 409. You gotta get your hands dirty
if you're gonna achieve the impossible.
- 410. In here, Miss Wenscombe.
- 411. No point in you meeting Mr. Angier
if you don't fit.
- 412. On the right.
- 413. What's so hard about this?
- 414. Nothing. But you're going down here.
- 415. Hold it. Hold it there.
This has gotta go around there.
- 416. - And this will conceal it?
- Yeah, oh, sure.
- 417. - All right?
- 418. - Now, take that one there.
- Yep. Okay.
- 419. - Pin this under.
- And this ties up here?
- 420. - That ties at the front.
- That's good.
- 421. Breathe as little as possible.
- 422. Now, you see? That'll go. That'll flatten.
- 423. - I see. Yeah.
- 424. She's not experienced,
but she knows how to present herself.
- 425. A pretty assistant is the most
effective form of misdirection.
- 426. Thank you.
- 427. Ladies and gentlemen,
for my final trick...
- 428. I will require the assistance
of two volunteers.
- 429. Mr. Merrit, if you would oblige me?
- 430. Yeah. Okay. Bring your hand around.
- 431. - Under?
- Under, yeah.
- 432. There. I put it around its foot.
- 433. - Careful.
- He's all right, ain't he?
- 434. - You get a volunteer to put a hand there.
- 435. And another one there.
- 436. Mr. Merrit, if you'll place your hands
on either side of the cage, please.
- 437. Thank you, Olivia.
- 438. You best not be intending...
- 439. to hurt this animal, Mr. Angier.
- Of course not.
- 440. You ready? All right.
- 441. One...
- 442. Two...
- 443. - Three.
- Three. Go.
- 444. Well, that's bloody marvelous,
- 445. Very nice.
- 446. And the best part is...
- 447. I thought you said
I had to get my hands dirty.
- 448. Someday perhaps you will.
I just had to know that you can.
- 449. - Very nice. Very nice, indeed.
- Thank you, Mr. Merrit.
- 450. I haven't had the chance
to compliment your beautiful theater.
- 451. Well, it'll be a lot more beautiful
when it's full.
- 452. - Don't worry.
- Oh, you all say that.
- 453. Why should I worry? If your tricks
don't get them in, somebody else's will.
- 454. Maybe somebody willing to do
a bullet catch or a water escape?
- 455. Cheap thrills, Mr. Merrit.
- 456. People hoping for an accident,
likely to see one too.
- 457. What would that do for your business?
- 458. - You got a week, John.
- Thank you, Mr. Merrit.
- 459. Thank you.
- 460. Sir? In the third row there.
- 461. Please stand up
and show us your handkerchief.
- 462. This isn't mine.
- 463. Perhaps you'd be so good as to return it
to the lady in the aisle.
- 464. I believe she has yours.
- 465. Thank you.
- 466. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
I'm making so many mistakes.
- 467. I'm so nervous.
- 468. The audience doesn't seem
to be responding.
- 469. They've seen a lot of tricks before,
but not this next one.
- 470. Put a cloth over.
- 471. - Fingers crossed.
- I'll have the champagne ready.
- 472. - You've seen this one before?
- We've seen them all.
- 473. I'll make it a little harder then, shall I?
- 474. Two volunteers, please. A lady
and a gentleman to hold this cage with me.
- 475. I'll perform this feat in a manner
never before seen by yourselves...
- 476. or any other audience
anywhere in the world.
- 477. Madam, if you'll place one hand on the back
of the cage, one hand on the front.
- 478. Sir, one hand on the bottom of the cage,
one hand on the top.
- 479. - Should have spotted him.
- You had a lot of plates going.
- 480. - Don't suppose they'll let us do this again.
- 481. - So, what's the climax of our show?
- Show? You don't have a show.
- 482. We have a week's engagement.
- 483. To perform magic, not butcher birds
and break my customers' fingers.
- 484. Clear out. Anything here
in the morning gets burned.
- 485. - Mr. Merrit...
- It's done, John.
- 486. I've hired a comedian.
You know I hate comedians.
- 487. Well, there's plenty of good theaters.
- 488. If we can come up with a new trick,
change the name of the act...
- 489. The name stays.
- 490. Right. Well, then the new trick's
gonna have to be irresistible, then.
- 491. I have a couple of methods to try out.
- 492. And then we need a new angle
on the presentation.
- 493. Oh, and if you need some inspiration...
- 494. there's a technical exposition
at the Albert Hall this week.
- 495. Engineers, scientists, you know?
- 496. That sort of thing
captures a public's imagination.
- 497. Mind if I join you? Tesla sends me
down here during the storms.
- 498. Perfect excuse to come join
the Great Danton for a drink.
- 499. Two of them.
- 500. Beautiful, isn't it, huh?
God, I miss New York though.
- 501. - So why are you here?
- The lightning lives here.
- 502. And not much else. Our work is secret.
- 503. Is that a cipher?
- 504. It's a rotating transposition
that shifts every day of the diary.
- 505. Simple, but time-consuming to translate,
even when you have the five-letter keyword.
- 506. Which is?
- 507. We magicians have a circle of trust.
- 508. You have a circle of trust
with someone whose diary you stole?
- 509. Maybe I bought it.
- 510. And you're hoping to find
a great secret in there.
- 511. I've already found it.
That's why I'm here.
- 512. Tesla built one for another magician.
- 513. - Why would you want the same thing?
- Call it a professional rivalry.
- 514. Mr. Tesla has built unusual machines
for unusual people.
- 515. But he would never talk about it.
- 516. I understand discretion.
I just want the machine.
- 517. Finish your drink.
- 518. I wanna show you something.
- 519. I think you'll have a special appreciation
for our work.
- 520. - I thought it was a secret.
- You're a magician.
- 521. Who's gonna believe you?
- 522. Not long now.
- 523. Our equipment requires
a great deal of current.
- 524. Tesla electrified the town in exchange
for using the generators when we need to.
- 525. We do our tests
when the townspeople are asleep.
- 526. Mr. Tesla doesn't wanna scare anyone.
- 527. Where are the wires?
- 528. Exactly.
- 529. - Where's the generator?
- You saw it last week.
- 530. - That must be 10 miles from here.
- 531. And I have to ride all of them
before I get to bed.
- 532. I'll send word for you
in a few days, Mr. Angier.
- 533. Magic. Real magic.
- 534. Now appearing only here
at London's Royal Albert Hall.
- 535. One of the miracles of our age.
- 536. A technological marvel.
- 537. You've never seen anything like it
in your lives.
- 538. Your eyes will not believe
what they're witnessing.
- 539. The miracle of Nikola Tesla,
ladies and gentlemen.
- 540. Free clean power.
Would you like to know the future?
- 541. The man speaking now
is going to change the world.
- 542. Ladies and gentlemen, come one, come all.
Immediate seating, no waiting.
- 543. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm sorry...
- 544. but objections have been raised...
- 545. concerning the safety...
- They should be. Does that look safe to you?
- 546. Part of Thomas Edison's
- 547. against Mr. Tesla's
superior alternating current.
- 548. Mr. Alley, please.
- 549. We have asked Mr. Tesla
- 550. - Which he will not.
- 551. But I've been told he refuses
to appear under any such restrictions.
- 552. Clear the hall!
This thing is gonna blow!
- 553. - Clear the hall!
- Ladies and gentlemen, please!
- 554. Where's the switch?
- 555. This is all perfectly safe.
- 556. Hey.
- 557. Hello, you.
- 558. Hello, Jess.
- 559. Have you had a nice day with Mummy?
- 560. Sarah, I love you.
- 561. - See? Today it's true.
- 562. Hello.
- 563. I saw happiness.
- 564. Happiness that should have been mine.
- 565. But I was wrong.
- 566. His notebook reveals
that he never had the life that I enVied.
- 567. The family life
that he craVes one minute...
- 568. he rails against the next,
- 569. His mind...
His mind is a diVided one.
- 570. His soul is restless.
- 571. His wife and child tormented
by his fickle and contradictory nature.
- 572. What do you think?
What do you think you'll call her?
- 573. I don't know.
- 574. Everybody needs a name.
So, what's hers?
- 575. Maybe Sarah.
- 576. That's a lovely name.
That's a lovely name.
- 577. You talk about what you wanna do
for the rest of the day.
- 578. All right? Go on. You talk with her.
- 579. They're taking her away?
- 580. To the workhouse?
- 581. Now, you keep talking.
- 582. Tell Owens I've reconsidered.
Take it. Go on, take it.
- 583. It's for the best.
- 584. Let me see.
- 585. - I'm gonna learn all the Professor's secrets.
- Only if I teach you how to read.
- 586. They're just stupid tricks, right?
- 587. Haven't helped you
get out of here, have they?
- 588. Or can't you undo real locks, Professor?
- 589. Well, maybe I'm just biding my time.
- 590. Maybe one day I'll open my hand,
get your attention, ask:
- 591. "Are you watching closely?"
- 592. Maybe a magic word or two.
- 593. And then I'll be gone.
- 594. How'd you get so famous, then, eh?
- 595. Magic.
- 596. Borden, get back here!
- 597. Thank you.
- 598. Shut up! Get him down!
- 599. Thank you.
- 600. Who's got a bloody key?
- 601. February 8th, 1899.
- 602. Today, finally a breakthrough.
- 603. Tesla's agreed to see me.
- 604. It's perfectly safe.
- 605. So this is the Great Danton.
- 606. Mr. Alley has effused about your act to me
on any number of occasions.
- 607. Hold out other hand.
- 608. What's conducting the electricity?
- 609. Our bodies, Mr. Angier,
are quite capable of conducting...
- 610. and, indeed, producing energy.
- 611. Have you eaten, Mr. Angier?
- 612. I need something impossible.
- 613. You are familiar with the phrase,
"Man's reach exceeds his grasp"?
- 614. It's a lie.
- 615. Man's grasp exceeds his nerve.
- 616. Society only tolerates
one change at a time.
- 617. The first time
I tried to change the world...
- 618. I was hailed as a visionary.
- 619. Second time,
I was asked politely to retire.
- 620. So here I am, enjoying my retirement.
- 621. Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier.
- 622. What you want is simply expensive.
- 623. If I were to build for you this machine...
- 624. you would be presenting it
merely as illusion?
- 625. Well, if people actually believed
the things I did on-stage...
- 626. they wouldn't clap, they'd scream.
I mean, think of sawing a woman in half.
- 627. Mr. Angier, have you considered
the cost of such a machine?
- 628. Price is not an object.
- 629. Perhaps not,
but have you considered the cost?
- 630. I'm not sure I follow.
- 631. Go home. Forget this thing.
- 632. I can recognize an obsession.
- 633. No good will come of it.
- 634. Hasn't good come of your obsessions?
- 635. At first.
But I have followed them too long.
- 636. I am their slave, and one day,
they will choose to destroy me.
- 637. If you understand an obsession,
then you know you won't change my mind.
- 638. So be it.
- 639. Will you build it?
- 640. I have already begun to build it,
- 641. I hope you enjoy the mountain air.
- 642. This will take some time.
- 643. I thought you'd gone.
- 644. I don't really have anywhere to go.
- 645. You've been sleeping here?
- 646. Cutter said it would be all right till we get
another booking. What are you doing?
- 647. Research.
- 648. Part of a magician's job is to watch
his competition, to see what illusions...
- 649. You're going to do something
to that man, aren't you?
- 650. Cutter's hoping you'll let things lie.
- 651. He says if Borden thinks things
are even between you two...
- 652. Even?
- 653. My wife for a couple of his fingers?
- 654. He has a family now, right?
And he's performing again.
- 655. Borden is living his life just as he always
intended, as if nothing had happened.
- 656. And look at... Look at me, all right?
- 657. - I'm alone and no theater will touch me.
- 658. You're going to need a better disguise.
- 659. Need a volunteer.
- 660. What happened?
- 661. Did you hurt him?
- 662. What happened, Robert?
- 663. You, sir.
- 664. Just a rubber ball, yes? Thank you.
- 665. Just a rubber ball, no.
- 666. Not normal. Not a normal rubber ball.
- 667. It's magic.
- 668. He had a new trick.
- 669. Was it good?
- 670. It was the greatest magic trick
I've ever seen.
- 671. Did they applaud when you saw it?
- 672. The trick was too good,
it was too simple.
- 673. - The audience hardly had time to see it.
- He's a dreadful magician.
- 674. No, he's a wonderful magician.
He's a dreadful showman.
- 675. He doesn't know how to dress it up,
how to sell...
- 676. - How does he do it?
- Uses a double.
- 677. No, no, no, it's too simple.
This is a complex illusion.
- 678. You only say that
because you don't know the method.
- 679. It's a double at the end.
It's the only way.
- 680. I've seen him perform the trick
three times now.
- 681. - The Prestige is the same man.
- No, it's not.
- 682. The same man comes out
of that second cabinet.
- 683. It's the same man.
- 684. He wears padded gloves
to hide his damaged fingers...
- 685. but if you look closely you can tell.
- 686. He doesn't know how to sell it
to an audience, but I do.
- 687. Yeah, well, we can use it
as a climax to the show.
- 688. Yes.
- 689. The man stole my life,
I'm gonna steal his trick.
- 690. - We gotta find someone who looks like you.
- He doesn't use a double.
- 691. Robert, I don't know
how Borden does the trick, so either...
- 692. You either wait for him to retire
and buy the secret...
- 693. or you listen to how I would do it.
- 694. And the only way that I know how to do it
is to find you a bloody good double.
- 695. All right.
- 696. Take a good look.
Let's get out there and find me.
- 697. Look. Look.
- 698. What's that?
- 699. That is for you.
- 700. What's this for?
- 701. Come here.
- 702. - I asked you last week. You said you...
- You caught me in a wrong mood.
- 703. But you went over all the...
- 704. Sarah, I'm allowed to change my mind,
- 705. The act is taking off,
soon we'll be in a bigger theater.
- 706. Things will work out.
- 707. I can't believe it. Thank you.
- 708. Thank you. It's beautiful.
- 709. Gerry?
- 710. Darling, look at you.
- 711. Mr. Cutter, Mr. Angier,
I'd like you to meet Gerald Root.
- 712. A pleasure.
Pleasure to meet you fine gentlemen.
- 713. Would you like for me
to tell you a little joke? Come here.
- 714. There we are. Yes?
- 715. Are you laughing now?
- 716. Oh, dear, I have to take a piss.
- 717. - He's out of his mind.
- Of course. He's an out-of-work actor.
- 718. He's perfect. He needs a little help...
- 719. but when I get done with him,
he could be your brother.
- 720. I don't need him to be my brother,
I need him to be me.
- 721. Give me a month.
- 722. Come around.
- 723. So you open the door and...
- 724. Come on.
- 725. - Couldn't you have found a softer one?
- Well, it's not for sleeping on.
- 726. So if you come down through there...
- 727. does Root go up through there?
- 728. It's going to be amazing, Robert.
- 729. Well, it has to be.
Borden's trick is getting noticed.
- 730. The place was packed today.
- 731. You went and saw his show again.
- 732. Ready to meet yourself, Mr. Angier?
- 733. All I have to do is keep myself drunk...
- 734. and no one will be able
to tell the difference.
- 735. Have a little faith, sir.
- 736. Now, would you favor us
with a performance, Mr. Root?
- 737. Jesus.
- 738. Yes, you would drink too
if you knew the world half as well as I do.
- 739. Did you think you were unique?
- 740. I have been Caesar. I played Faust.
- 741. How difficult could it possibly be
to play the Great Danton?
- 742. You can go back to being yourself now,
Root, for nothing.
- 743. I'd rather be him for now.
- 744. I find it amusing.
- 745. My liege, I did deny no prisoners.
- 746. - You look wonderful.
- Oh, thank you.
- 747. Root has to keep a low profile.
Anyone sees him, the game's up.
- 748. I don't know how you do these things.
I'm not sure I wanna know.
- 749. Have you thought
what we should call the trick?
- 750. There's no point in being coy.
- 751. Borden calls his trick
"The Transported Man."
- 752. Ladies and gentlemen,
much of what you've seen tonight...
- 753. may be termed as illusions
or entertaining trifles.
- 754. Alas...
- 755. I cannot claim
this next feat as illusion.
- 756. Watch carefully.
- 757. You'll see no trickery...
- 758. for no trickery is employed.
- 759. Merely a technique familiar
to certain citizens of the Orient...
- 760. and various holy men
of the Himalayas.
- 761. Indeed, many of you
may be familiar with this technique...
- 762. but for those of you who aren't,
do not be alarmed...
- 763. what you're about to see
is considered safe.
- 764. To our achievement.
- 765. The manager says
he's never seen a reaction like it.
- 766. At least he got to see it.
I spent the ovation hiding under the stage.
- 767. No one cares about the man
who disappears into the box.
- 768. They care about the one who comes out.
- 769. - I care about the man in the box.
- Thank you.
- 770. I don't know. Maybe...
Maybe we could switch before the trick.
- 771. I could be the Prestige
and Root ends up below.
- 772. No, the anticipation of the trick
- 773. We need your showmanship
to build up the suspense.
- 774. Once Root opens his mouth, it's over.
He can't introduce this trick.
- 775. Of course I can. I'm the Great Danton.
- 776. Root, you bloody fool.
Get out of that wardrobe and makeup.
- 777. Anyone could walk in here at any minute.
- 778. Congratulations, all.
- 779. Life is not full of these moments, Robbie.
We worked hard.
- 780. We need to celebrate properly.
- 781. What's wrong? Is it your wife?
- 782. No. No, it's the trick.
It isn't good enough.
- 783. Borden's trick is nothing compared to ours.
He has no style.
- 784. Well, he doesn't spend the finale
hiding under the stage.
- 785. I need to know how he does it.
- 786. - Why?
- So I can do it better.
- 787. I need you to go and work for him.
- 788. Work for him? Are you joking?
- 789. You'll be my spy.
- 790. We just got our start.
You want me to leave?
- 791. That's how we advance.
Think of it, Olivia.
- 792. We got people excited, but imagine
what we could do with the real illusion.
- 793. We'd have the greatest magic act
anyone's ever seen.
- 794. He knows I work for you.
- 795. Exactly why he'll wanna hire you.
He'll want my secret.
- 796. - Why would he trust me?
- Because you're gonna tell him the truth.
- 797. Good girl.
- 798. You must be curious to see what
so much money has bought you, Mr. Angier.
- 799. It's fitting you should be here
for maiden voyage.
- 800. Your hat.
- 801. You might wanna stand back.
- 802. I don't understand.
- 803. Perhaps it would be best
if you left us to it.
- 804. - Is there a problem, Mr. Tesla?
- No, no, no.
- 805. - Come back next week.
- Next week?
- 806. - Come back... Next week, it'll be fine.
- 807. She's just a little temperamental
- 808. - Interesting workshop.
- Yeah, we make do.
- 809. - My name is Olivia Wenscombe...
- I know who you are.
- 810. You here to steal my show?
- 811. I'm here to give it what it's missing.
- 812. - Yeah? What might that be?
- 813. I was just saying that, wasn't I, Bernard?
- 814. - I've left Angier.
- All right.
- 815. - I want a job.
- 816. - I know you've no reason to trust me...
- Why wouldn't I trust you?
- 817. I mean, you're only the mistress
of my enemy. Why wouldn't I trust you?
- 818. - Mr. Borden...
- 819. I'm going to tell you the truth.
- 820. Now that is a slippery notion
in our line of work...
- 821. isn't it, Miss Wenscombe?
- 822. I am here because he sent me here.
- 823. He wants me to work for you
and steal your secret.
- 824. What does he need my secret for?
- 825. His trick is top-notch.
- 826. He vanishes and then he reappears
on the other side of the stage...
- 827. mute, overweight and,
unless I'm mistaken, very drunk.
- 828. It's astonishing. How does he do it?
- 829. And tell me, Olivia, does he enjoy
taking his bows under the stage?
- 830. No, it's killing him.
- 831. He's obsessed
with discovering your methods.
- 832. He thinks of nothing else.
- 833. He takes no pleasure in our success,
and I've had enough.
- 834. There is no future with him.
- 835. He sent me here to steal your secrets,
but I've actually come to offer you his.
- 836. This is the truth, is it?
- 837. Think you'd better get dressed, sir.
- 838. Root, you're late
and more drunk than usual.
- 839. - Now, get down below stairs right away.
- 840. No, we need to have
a little chat, Mr. Cutter.
- 841. We have a problem.
- 842. Cutter, Borden is performing
right across the street.
- 843. Yeah? We have a bigger problem.
- 844. Root. He's realized
he can make demands.
- 845. Wha...? He's blackmailing us?
- 846. I was surprised, to tell you the truth.
It usually takes them longer to figure it out.
- 847. - Well, how much does he want?
- Well, it makes no difference.
- 848. - We gotta stop doing the trick.
- Stop the trick? Cutter, look at this.
- 849. Well, look at yesterday's,
look at last week...
- 850. where they said you were
the premier stage performer in London.
- 851. Not magician, mind you.
- 852. - Performer of any kind.
- Well, what's your point?
- 853. My point is, Robert,
is you've climbed too high...
- 854. to get away
with professional embarrassment.
- 855. We don't do any tricks we can't control.
- 856. Just pay him whatever he wants for now.
- 857. We keep doing the trick until Borden opens
and then we'll phase it out.
- 858. All right.
- 859. Cutter was always surprised
how fast Root turned bad.
- 860. To what do I owe the pleasure
of this rather welcome pint of ale?
- 861. You're the Great Danton, aren't you?
- 862. Of course I am, but don't advertise it
because I'll be mobbed with fans.
- 863. We paid him enough
to keep him in beers...
- 864. so you wouldn't expect him
to rock the boat.
- 865. Indeed, many of you
may be familiar with this technique.
- 866. But for those of you who aren't,
do not be alarmed...
- 867. what you're about to see
is considered safe.
- 868. And who are you?
- 869. I am a humble admirer
and a fellow practitioner.
- 870. Very good.
- 871. - Another?
- Oh, if you insist.
- 872. - Another.
- I'm not performing tonight.
- 873. Well, I'm only doing one show...
- 874. but to be frank, my people
pretty much run things these days.
- 875. Get up there!
- 876. Get up!
- 877. Your illusion, The Transported Man...
- 878. I'm not claiming
to know your methods or anything...
- 879. but I had a similar trick in my act,
and I used a double.
- 880. I see. Very good.
- 881. Well, it was, and then it went bad.
- 882. What I didn't count on, was that
when I incorporated this bloke into my act...
- 883. he had complete power over me.
- 884. Complete power, you say.
- 885. Be very careful giving someone
that power over you.
- 886. Well, thank you.
- 887. Yes, thank you for the warning.
- 888. Cheers.
- 889. I cannot claim this next feat as illusion.
- 890. What you're about to see
is considered safe.
- 891. The Great Danton.
- 892. I apologize.
- 893. There simply is too much magic...
- 894. for my stage at the Pantages
across the street.
- 895. - Bravo!
- 896. Pardon my intrusion.
- 897. - Bravo!
- And go easy on the poor chap.
- 898. He does try so very hard.
- 899. I don't know how Borden found him.
- 900. Kept him under wraps, I was careful.
- 901. Yeah, well, he did.
- 902. Do you think it was her?
- 903. You weren't expecting me?
- 904. I was expecting you sooner.
Your message said afternoon.
- 905. It takes a bit
for me to get around these days.
- 906. He's taken everything from me.
- 907. My wife, my career, now you.
- 908. What do you mean?
You sent me...
- 909. I sent you to steal his secret,
not to improve his act.
- 910. - That's my job.
- Or fall in love.
- 911. - I did everything you asked!
- Yes? Yes?
- 912. - Then how does he do it?
- Cutter was right, a double.
- 913. - Of course Borden said that.
- He didn't say anything. I've seen things.
- 914. Makeup, glasses, wigs. We don't use it
for the show, but I've seen it backstage.
- 915. It's misdirection. He leaves things around
to make you think he's using a double.
- 916. All the time?
He doesn't know when I look.
- 917. All the time, Olivia!
- 918. That's who he is! That's what it takes!
- 919. He lives his act! Don't you see?
- 920. Just because you're sleeping with him
doesn't mean he trusts you.
- 921. You think you can see everything,
- 922. But the Great Danton is a blind fool.
- 923. You stole it?
- 924. I borrowed it for tonight.
- 925. I thought you could translate it,
- 926. - I can't.
- You can't?
- 927. Olivia, no one can, it's a cipher.
- 928. Even with the keyword
it would take months to decode.
- 929. - And without the keyword?
- Perhaps never.
- 930. - We'll see.
- We will not see.
- 931. If I don't get that back to him tomorrow,
he'll know I took it.
- 932. - Leave him.
- I can't. He knows where I live.
- 933. This is his diary, Olivia.
- 934. All of his secrets
are right here in my hands.
- 935. Won't bring your wife back.
- 936. I don't care about my wife,
I care about his secret.
- 937. Look...
- 938. I'll go to his workshop
and stage a break-in.
- 939. - He'll know you took it.
- Yes, me. Not you.
- 940. Understand?
- 941. Robert.
- 942. I have fallen in love with him.
- 943. Then I know how hard
this has been for you.
- 944. Notebook?
- 945. Then he's just getting started.
- 946. - Good evening.
- 947. Professor.
- 948. - I...
- Could I get your autograph?
- 949. - I'm walking tonight.
- 950. Let him come. I don't care.
- 951. - Professor.
- 952. - You all right?
- I'm alive.
- 953. Saves me cutting you an air hole.
- 954. - I'm impressed.
- Why's that?
- 955. You're finally getting your hands dirty.
- 956. It's what a good trick costs, Angier.
- 957. Risk.
- 958. Sacrifice.
- 959. The sacrifice, I'm afraid, is gonna be yours,
unless you give me what I want.
- 960. - Which is?
- Your secret.
- 961. My secret?
- 962. Your method for The Transported Man.
- 963. Fallon wouldn't tell me.
He doesn't seem to talk at all.
- 964. You have my notebook.
- 965. Useless without the keyword.
- 966. Write down your method, Mr. Borden.
- 967. Describe it in full.
- 968. I want the whole method,
not the keyword.
- 969. I don't even know
if your secret's in your notebook.
- 970. The keyword is the method.
- 971. Where's my ingénieur?
- 972. - Alive?
- How fast can you dig?
- 973. Fallon! You hear me? Fallon!
- 974. - How's the arm?
- Still attached.
- 975. - Did you find your answer?
- Our answer.
- 976. Cutter, I haven't looked yet.
I wanted you to share this.
- 977. I already know how he does it, Robert.
- 978. The same way he always has.
The same way as we do.
- 979. It's just that you want something more.
- 980. Well, let's find out then,
- 981. What does it mean?
- 982. It means, Cutter,
we have a journey ahead of us.
- 983. - To America.
- 984. Listen to me.
- 985. Obsession is a young man's game.
- 986. - Oh, come on.
- I can't follow you any further in it.
- 987. I can't. I'm sorry.
- 988. Then the rest is up to me.
- 989. I'm sorry.
- 990. Good evening. Hello, darling.
- 991. Champagne, your finest.
- 992. I didn't know we were
going to be joined for dinner.
- 993. - Absolutely. We are celebrating.
- Miss Wenscombe.
- 994. Mr. Fallon.
Well, what are we celebrating?
- 995. Well, we've hit upon a new trick,
haven't we, Fallon?
- 996. - What trick, Freddy?
- Yes, Freddy, what trick?
- 997. I am going to bury myself alive
- 998. and then someone will come along
and dig me up. Wonderful.
- 999. - No, I think my husband's had quite enough.
- No, pour the champagne. Come on, pour...
- 1000. Right. Sarah, don't talk to me like that.
I'm not a child.
- 1001. - Perhaps it would...
- Perhaps, Mr. Fallon...
- 1002. you might escort Miss Wenscombe home.
My husband's being a bore.
- 1003. - I see no reason why you have to suffer.
- Oh, please. Don't ruin this evening.
- 1004. Good night, Mrs. Borden.
Good night, Freddy.
- 1005. - "Freddy"?
- Well, that's my name.
- 1006. - Not at home.
- Well, I'm not always at home, am I?
- 1007. Well, couldn't you have at least
taken off the beard?
- 1008. Sarah, I just came from
the bloody theater just now.
- 1009. All right? And I'm out in public.
- 1010. - Everybody else loves it.
- Why are you being like this, Alfred?
- 1011. I had a terrible ordeal today.
- 1012. I thought that something very precious...
- 1013. had been lost to me.
- 1014. So I just wanted to celebrate.
Just a little.
- 1015. All right, what?
- 1016. What did you lose?
- 1017. I see, more secrets.
- 1018. Sarah, secrets are my life.
- 1019. - Our life.
- No, Alfred, stop.
- 1020. This isn't you. Stop performing.
- 1021. I thought I had the place
to myself, Mr. Brent.
- 1022. Unexpected guests.
- 1023. Not very polite. A lot of questions.
- 1024. First I thought they might work
for the government.
- 1025. - No?
- 1026. They work for Thomas Edison.
- 1027. Today, a most curious development.
- 1028. His assistant came to us
with a proposition.
- 1029. Obviously, Angier has sent her
and told her to admit as much.
- 1030. Does he enjoy taking
his bows under the stage?
- 1031. He sent me here to steal your secrets,
but I've actually come to offer you his.
- 1032. This is the truth, is it?
- 1033. No, that's what he told me to tell you.
- 1034. is that I loved him, and I stood by him,
and he sent me to you...
- 1035. like he would send a stagehand
to pick up his shirts.
- 1036. I hate him for that.
- 1037. I can spot Angier's methods
from the back of the theater.
- 1038. So, what could you possibly
have to offer me?
- 1039. You know how he does his tricks,
but you can't understand...
- 1040. why no one can see yours are better.
You hide this.
- 1041. I had to look very closely to spot it when
you were performing The Transported Man...
- 1042. but this makes you unique.
- 1043. It shows the audience
you aren't using a double.
- 1044. You mustn't hide it,
display it proudly.
- 1045. I'm sure it takes great skill
to perform illusions with one good hand.
- 1046. Yeah, it does.
- 1047. So let people know.
- 1048. You could be so much more than he is,
and I can show you how.
- 1049. I think she's telling the truth.
- 1050. I think we cannot trust her.
- 1051. But I loVe her. I need her.
- 1052. To open myself to such a relationship...
- 1053. to the dangers of such an affair...
- 1054. I need assurances of fidelity. Of love.
- 1055. But how to be sure?
- 1056. I know a way.
It's the only way to know her mind.
- 1057. How could he send you away?
- 1058. She must help me rid ourselves
- 1059. Today, my mistress proves
- 1060. Not to me, you understand.
- 1061. I've been conVinced
since she led me to Root.
- 1062. Today, Olivia proves her love for me
to you, Angier.
- 1063. Yes, Angier.
- 1064. She gave you this notebook
at my request.
- 1065. And, yes, "Tesla" is merely the key
to my diary, not to my trick.
- 1066. Did you really think I'd part
with my secret so easily after so much?
- 1067. Goodbye, Angier.
- 1068. May you find solace for your thwarted
ambition back in your American home.
- 1069. Tesla!
- 1070. Tesla! Alley! Alley!
- 1071. Tesla never made a machine
like the one I asked for.
- 1072. - We never said he had.
- But you let me believe that he had.
- 1073. You stole my money because
your funding had been cut off.
- 1074. You've been shooting sparks at my top hat,
laughing at me all along...
- 1075. while using my money
to stave off ruin.
- 1076. - Now, I have seen Edison's men.
- 1077. In the hotel. And I have every mind
to bring them up here myself.
- 1078. That would be unwise, Mr. Angier.
- 1079. It is true that you are
our last remaining financier...
- 1080. but we have not stolen your money.
- 1081. Sir, my cat.
- 1082. When I told you I could make
your machine, I spoke a simple truth.
- 1083. - Then why isn't the machine working?
- Because exact science, Mr. Angier...
- 1084. is not an exact science.
- 1085. The machine simply does not operate
- 1086. It requires further examination.
- 1087. - So where did my top hat go?
- 1088. We tried the damn thing a dozen times.
- 1089. The hat went nowhere.
- 1090. We need to try different material.
- 1091. It may provoke a different result.
- 1092. Copernicus, come on.
- 1093. You are responsible for whatever happens
to this animal, doctor.
- 1094. I hope that whatever you were really doing
with my money was more worthwhile...
- 1095. Mr. Tesla.
- 1096. Alley!
- 1097. So the machine was working.
- 1098. I never bothered to check the calibration
because the hat never moved.
- 1099. These things never quite work
as you expect them to, Mr. Angier.
- 1100. That's one of the principal
beauties of science.
- 1101. I'll need a couple of weeks to iron out
the problems with the machine.
- 1102. We'll send word when it's ready.
- 1103. Don't forget your hat.
- 1104. - Well, which one is mine?
- They're all your hats, Mr. Angier.
- 1105. You look so pretty
in this new dress of yours.
- 1106. - Are we going to the zoo this afternoon?
- No, no, no. Daddy has some errands to run.
- 1107. - But you promised.
- I promised, did I?
- 1108. Then go to the zoo we shall.
- 1109. So Daddy will go run his errands
and I'll be back before you know it...
- 1110. so you go get ready.
We'll go see those chimpanzees.
- 1111. Sarah.
- 1112. What are you doing?
- 1113. We each of us have our vices.
- 1114. Sarah, whatever you may think...
- 1115. your only competition for my affections
is our little girl.
- 1116. I love you. I will always love you
and you alone.
- 1117. - You mean it today.
- 1118. Which makes it so much harder
when you don't.
- 1119. Is that more shopping?
She does love the smell of money.
- 1120. The little lady wants to go to the zoo,
so I thought you could take her.
- 1121. Yeah? I mean,
I can do it tomorrow if not.
- 1122. And Sarah, she knows.
- 1123. She... I mean, at least she knows
that something's not right...
- 1124. so if you can just do whatever you can
to help me with her.
- 1125. Talk to her. Just convince her
that I do love her.
- 1126. - What is it, Freddy?
- Just don't call me that, please.
- 1127. It's nothing. It's just, you know,
- 1128. - Sometimes it seems wrong.
- I've told you before...
- 1129. when you're with me,
you're with me.
- 1130. Leave your family at home
where they belong.
- 1131. I'm trying.
- 1132. I'm trying, Olivia.
- 1133. - I'll get dressed.
- 1134. I saw Fallon hanging around again.
- 1135. There's something
about that man I don't trust.
- 1136. You trust me? Then trust Fallon.
- 1137. He protects the things that I care about.
- 1138. We're sorry to see you go, Mr. Angier.
- 1139. We were sorry to see
Mr. Tesla leave as well.
- 1140. He was very good to Colorado Springs.
- 1141. Mr. Angier, I didn't think it was necessary
to tell Edison's men about the box.
- 1142. What box?
- 1143. I apologize for leaving
without saying goodbye...
- 1144. but I seem to have outstayed
my welcome in Colorado.
- 1145. The truly extraordinary is not
permitted in science and industry.
- 1146. Perhaps you'll find more luck in your field,
where people are happy to be mystified.
- 1147. You will find what
you are looking for in this box.
- 1148. Alley has written you
a thorough set of instructions.
- 1149. I add only one suggestion
on using the machine:
- 1150. Destroy it.
- 1151. Drop it to the bottom
of the deepest ocean.
- 1152. Such a thing will bring you only misery.
- 1153. Tesla's warning is as unheeded
as he knew it would be.
- 1154. Today, I tested the machine...
- 1155. taking precautions in case Tesla
hadn't ironed out the kinks in its operation.
- 1156. I mean, if it went wrong,
I would not wanna live like that for long.
- 1157. But here at the Turn,
I must leave you, Borden.
- 1158. Yes, you, Borden.
- 1159. Sitting there in your cell...
- 1160. reading my diary, awaiting your death...
- 1161. for my murder.
- 1162. Angier's journal, that gesture
of good faith, that's a fake.
- 1163. I assure you, it's not. The provenance
of the journal is clear and under no doubt.
- 1164. And it's written in Angier's own hand,
of which we had numerous examples.
- 1165. It don't matter.
- 1166. So my tricks.
- 1167. - All of them.
- Including The Transported Man?
- 1168. Well, Lord Caldlow
will be very pleased indeed.
- 1169. No, he won't.
Because they're not complete.
- 1170. It's just the Pledge
and the Turn for each.
- 1171. Without the Prestige for these tricks...
- 1172. these are worthless.
- 1173. You get the rest of it
when you bring my daughter here.
- 1174. I wanna say goodbye.
- 1175. We have to go through it now.
- 1176. Listen, we have to go through it now.
Now, listen to me.
- 1177. Deny it all you want.
- 1178. Olivia means nothing.
- 1179. - Olivia?
- I need an assistant.
- 1180. No, I'll go to her.
- 1181. - I'll tell her I know...
- Tell her what?
- 1182. I know what you really are, Alfred. I...
- 1183. - I know, and I...
- Sarah, Sarah.
- 1184. - I can't keep it in.
- You can't talk like this.
- 1185. Sarah, shut up.
- 1186. - No, no.
- Sarah, shut up!
- 1187. I don't wanna hear it anymore!
- 1188. You can't talk like this!
- 1189. You can't hide it anymore
because I know, Alfred, I know.
- 1190. I know what you really are!
- 1191. Alfred...
- 1192. I can't live like this.
- 1193. Oh, well, you think I can live like this?
- 1194. You think I bloody enjoy living like this?
- 1195. - Stop it and listen! No!
- We have this beautiful house...
- 1196. lovely little girl, we're married.
What is so wrong with your life?
- 1197. Alfred, I can't live like this!
- 1198. Well, what do you want from me?
- 1199. I want...
- 1200. I want you to be honest with me.
- 1201. No tricks...
- 1202. no lies...
- 1203. and no secrets.
- 1204. Do you...? Do you love me?
- 1205. Not today.
- 1206. No.
- 1207. Who's there?
- 1208. I'm looking for an old friend.
- 1209. I heard about a booking.
- 1210. Nice little theater.
Good up-and-coming magician.
- 1211. - You're back.
- It's good to see you, John.
- 1212. Good rehearsal space.
- 1213. Blind stagehands, I like it.
- 1214. You always had
a good eye for publicity.
- 1215. I need your help, John.
- 1216. It's my last show. A limited engagement.
- 1217. Your last show?
- 1218. A wise man once told me
obsession was a young man's game.
- 1219. I'm almost done.
- 1220. There's one thing left.
- 1221. The Real Transported Man.
- 1222. You wanna design a show around it.
- 1223. I don't want you backstage.
I need you front of house, managing.
- 1224. I need you to call in favors
or connections you have...
- 1225. to get us the right booking for the run.
- What sort of booking you after?
- 1226. The sort that Borden can't ignore.
- 1227. What an honor it is to see you again, sir.
- 1228. You told me you only wanted to show me
one trick. It piqued my interest.
- 1229. - It's a very clever trick, Mr. Ackerman.
- Pleased to meet you.
- 1230. Likewise, I'm sure.
Well, let's get on, shall we?
- 1231. Turn it on, gentlemen.
- 1232. Very pretty.
- 1233. That's it, Cutter? He simply disappears?
- 1234. That's not a trick.
Well, he has to come back.
- 1235. There has to be a...
- 1236. - A Prestige?
- 1237. Pardon me.
- 1238. It's very rare to see...
- 1239. real magic.
- 1240. - Yes, it's been many years since I've seen...
- Are you interested in helping us?
- 1241. Yes.
- 1242. But you'll have to dress it up a little.
- 1243. Disguise it.
- 1244. Give them enough reason to doubt it.
- 1245. You haven't spoken about her, Freddy.
- 1246. Why would I talk about her to you?
- 1247. Because she was a part of your life.
- 1248. And now she's gone.
- 1249. You know, the day before she killed herself,
she said she wanted to meet me.
- 1250. That she had something
to tell me about you.
- 1251. I was such a coward,
I couldn't bring myself to face her.
- 1252. But...
- 1253. what would she have said?
- 1254. You wanna know the truth about me?
- 1255. Truth is that...
- 1256. I never loved Sarah.
- 1257. I never loved her.
- 1258. - You married her. You had a child with her.
- Yes, yes. Part of me.
- 1259. Part of me did, but the other part didn't.
- 1260. The part that found you.
The part that's sitting here right now.
- 1261. I love you.
- 1262. No, Olivia, I love you. That's the truth.
- 1263. That is the truth that matters.
- 1264. You could be in some other restaurant
with some other woman right now...
- 1265. talking about me that way.
- 1266. - No.
- 1267. It's inhuman to be so cold.
- 1268. He's back. After two years.
- 1269. He's got a new trick. They're saying
it's the best London's ever seen.
- 1270. You should see the look
on your face, Professor.
- 1271. You should go to him.
- 1272. You two deserve each other.
- 1273. I'm afraid I'm booked. The Moscow Ballet,
they'll be playing through next year.
- 1274. Then get rid of them.
There'll be a hundred performances.
- 1275. No more, no less.
- 1276. Five performances a week. No matinees.
- 1277. And that's what you'll be charging
for each ticket. Good day.
- 1278. Ladies and gentlemen,
my first trick of the evening...
- 1279. is one that involves considerable risk.
- 1280. Anyone in the audience
who would be irrevocably damaged...
- 1281. by seeing a man drown
should leave now.
- 1282. For when I tell you the young lady
who taught me this illusion...
- 1283. actually died performing it...
- 1284. you will understand the seriousness
of the dangers involved.
- 1285. Let's begin.
- 1286. In my travels, I have seen the future...
- 1287. and it is a strange future indeed.
- 1288. The world, ladies and gentlemen...
- 1289. is on the brink of new
and terrifying possibilities.
- 1290. What you're about to witness
is not magic.
- 1291. It is purely science.
- 1292. I would like to invite you
to come up on-stage now...
- 1293. so that you can examine the machine
- 1294. Man's reach exceeds his imagination.
- 1295. Bravo!
- 1296. Bravo! Bravo!
- 1297. Bravo. Bravo.
- 1298. One hundred performances.
- 1299. Why? Does his method dictate that?
- 1300. Is it a publicity move? What is it?
- 1301. He's a no-talent magician,
and they're calling him...
- 1302. the bloody best in England. Why?
- 1303. Fifty yards in a second. In a second!
- 1304. And all that we know
is he uses a trap door.
- 1305. Brilliant. What is going on
under that stage?
- 1306. Why can't you outthink him?
- 1307. They do this every night?
- 1308. After each performance, yeah?
- 1309. We're done.
- 1310. All right?
- 1311. Let him have his trick.
- 1312. I don't need... I don't need his secret.
- 1313. So...
- 1314. don't go back there,
you leave him alone.
- 1315. Both of us, just leave him alone.
- 1316. We're done.
- 1317. I told you, John...
- 1318. I don't want you backstage
on this one.
- 1319. I would like to invite you
to come up on-stage now...
- 1320. so that you can examine the machine
- 1321. - Hey, you, where do you think you're going?
- I'm part of the bloody act, you fool.
- 1322. Who was that?
- 1323. Hey!
- 1324. Where's the bloody key?
Where's the bloody key?
- 1325. The blind man's got it!
- 1326. Where's the bloody key?
- 1327. Hold on!
- 1328. What have you done?
- 1329. Alfred Borden, you have been found guilty
of the murder of Robert Angier.
- 1330. You will be hanged by the neck
- 1331. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.
- 1332. Mr. Cutter?
- 1333. Owens.
- 1334. Oh, thank you for coming, Mr. Owens.
- 1335. It has fallen to me to dispose
of Mr. Angier's equipment.
- 1336. But I noticed from this manifest...
- 1337. that Lord Caldlow
has purchased the bulk of the items.
- 1338. Mr. Cutter, if you needed to know
where to deliver these items, surely you...
- 1339. No, no. It's just
there is one particular item...
- 1340. this item, in fact, that I would like to...
- 1341. - You would like to...?
- 1342. - Buy yourself?
- Yeah, I suppose so.
- 1343. - This is the machine?
- 1344. Well, I'm afraid Lord Caldlow was adamant
about purchasing this particular item.
- 1345. Do you think I could talk
to Lord Caldlow in person?
- 1346. Out of the question, I'm afraid.
- 1347. Of course...
- 1348. I suppose if, in the course
of your delivery arrangements...
- 1349. your paths were to cross...
- 1350. I can't stop you speaking your mind.
- Thank you.
- 1351. - Still here, Borden?
- For now.
- 1352. Got a visitor.
- 1353. Lord Caldlow.
- 1354. With a little girl.
- 1355. Jess?
- 1356. Hello, my love.
- 1357. How are you? I've missed you so much.
- 1358. And Fallon's missed you too.
We both have.
- 1359. Daddy, can I come in there?
- 1360. Not right now. Not right now, darling.
- 1361. No, but everything is gonna be all right.
- 1362. - You must be Lord Caldlow.
- 1363. Yes, I am.
- 1364. I always have been.
- 1365. They flatter you
with all those chains, Alfred.
- 1366. Don't they know you can't escape
without your little rubber ball?
- 1367. I pulled you out.
- 1368. Out of that tank.
- 1369. All I wanted to do was prove
that I was a better magician...
- 1370. but you couldn't leave me alone.
- 1371. I don't know what you've done...
- 1372. but you're not afraid
to get your hands dirty anymore, are you?
- 1373. No, not anymore.
- 1374. And I win.
- 1375. Because no one cares about the man
in the box, the man who disappears.
- 1376. You win?
- 1377. This ain't a bloody competition anymore,
Angier, this is my little girl's life.
- 1378. And don't you dare put her
in the middle of this.
- 1379. Oh, I know how hard it is
to have someone so special...
- 1380. taken away from me, don't I, Borden?
- 1381. And you can't take her with you now,
- 1382. Oh, she'll be looked after.
- 1383. - Goodbye, Professor. Come on, darling.
- No, no, no. Stop, stop, stop. Look.
- 1384. Here.
- 1385. That's what you're after.
- 1386. That's what this is about.
- 1387. Take it.
- 1388. - Your secret?
- 1389. You always were the better magician.
- 1390. We both know that.
- 1391. But whatever your secret was,
I mean, you have to agree...
- 1392. mine is better.
- 1393. Don't do this. Don't do this, Angier, no.
Jess, Jess, Jess.
- 1394. Jess, I'm gonna take you home soon.
- 1395. - For God's sake, Borden.
- I promise. Look.
- 1396. I promise.
- 1397. - I love you, Jess. I love you.
- Come on.
- 1398. - Come on. Come on.
- I love you. I love you, Jess.
- 1399. Angier. Angier!
- 1400. What, you think this place can hold me?
- 1401. Angier! They're gonna bloody hang me!
- 1402. They're gonna bloody hang me!
You can put a stop to this now!
- 1403. - Listen! Listen! That man...!
- Just shut up.
- 1404. Listen, that man is the one
I'm meant to have killed!
- 1405. You blind bastard, listen to me!
- 1406. - If he's alive, I'm not guilty!
- 1407. - I'm not guilty!
- I don't care! Get hold of him!
- 1408. - Goodbye, Professor.
- 1409. Run along now.
- 1410. Sir. There's a gentleman waiting.
- 1411. Dear God.
- 1412. Hello, Cutter.
- 1413. You're... You're still alive.
- 1414. How is it you're still alive, Robert?
- 1415. I saw you on a slab, for God's sake.
- 1416. - Child.
- Good night, sir.
- 1417. Good night, Jess.
- 1418. I've seen her before.
- 1419. I saw her in court with Fallon.
- 1420. - What have you done?
- Well, she needs looking after.
- 1421. She needs her father.
- 1422. You're letting him hang,
and I helped you.
- 1423. I came here to beg Lord Caldlow
to let me destroy that machine.
- 1424. I am not gonna beg you for anything.
- 1425. You don't have to. I'm gonna make sure
that machine's never used again.
- 1426. Then, Lord Caldlow...
- 1427. where do you want me to deliver it?
- 1428. My theater.
- 1429. It belongs with the Prestige materials.
- 1430. John, I tried not to involve you.
- 1431. So...
- 1432. we go alone now.
- 1433. Both of us.
- 1434. Only I don't have as far to go as you.
- 1435. No.
- 1436. You were right, I should have left him
to his damn trick.
- 1437. I'm sorry.
- 1438. I'm sorry for a lot of things.
- 1439. I'm sorry about Sarah.
- 1440. I didn't mean to hurt her.
- 1441. I didn't.
- 1442. You go live your life in full now, all right?
- 1443. You live for both of us.
- 1444. Goodbye.
- 1445. Are you watching closely?
- 1446. Put it down the end.
- 1447. Take a minute to consider
- 1448. I once told you about a sailor
who described drowning to me.
- 1449. Yes, he said it was like going home.
- 1450. I was lying. He said it was agony.
- 1451. Alfred Borden...
- 1452. this day, in the name of the king
and the High Court of England...
- 1453. you will meet your end.
- 1454. No one cares about the man in the box.
- 1455. Cutter?
- 1456. Do you have anything to say?
- 1457. Abracadabra.
- 1458. A brother.
- 1459. A twin.
- 1460. You were Fallon the whole time.
- 1461. No.
- 1462. We were both Fallon.
- 1463. And we were both Borden.
- 1464. Were you...? Were you the one
who went into the box...
- 1465. or the one who came back out?
- 1466. We took turns.
- 1467. The trick is where we would swap.
- 1468. Cutter knew. Cutter knew.
But I told him it was too simple, too easy.
- 1469. No.
- 1470. Simple maybe, but not easy.
- 1471. There's nothing easy
about two men sharing one life.
- 1472. I don't understand
how it can be bleeding again.
- 1473. What about Olivia? And your wife?
- 1474. We each loved one of them.
- 1475. I loVed Sarah.
- 1476. He loVed OliVia.
- 1477. We each had half of a full life, really,
which was enough for us.
- 1478. Just.
- 1479. But not for them.
- 1480. See, sacrifice, Robert,
that's the price of a good trick.
- 1481. But you wouldn't know
anything about that, would you?
- 1482. I've made sacrifices.
- 1483. - No.
- 1484. It takes nothing
to steal another man's work.
- 1485. It takes everything.
- 1486. No. No.
No, wait! I'm the...!
- 1487. It took courage.
- 1488. It took courage to climb
into that machine every night...
- 1489. not knowing
if I'd be the man in the box...
- 1490. or in the Prestige.
- 1491. Do you wanna...?
Do you wanna see what it cost me?
- 1492. You didn't see where you are, did you?
- 1493. Look. Look.
- 1494. I don't care.
- 1495. You went halfway around the world.
- 1496. You spent a fortune.
- 1497. You did terrible things.
- 1498. Really terrible things, Robert.
- 1499. And all for nothing.
- 1500. - For nothing?
- 1501. You never understood why we did this.
- 1502. The audience knows the truth.
- 1503. The world is simple. It's miserable.
- 1504. Solid all the way through.
- 1505. But if you could fool them,
even for a second...
- 1506. then you could make them wonder.
- 1507. And then you...
- 1508. Then you got to see something
- 1509. You really don't know?
- 1510. It was... It was the look on their faces.
- 1511. Every magic trick consists
of three parts or acts.
- 1512. The first part is called the Pledge.
- 1513. The magician shows you
- 1514. The second act is called the Turn.
- 1515. The magician takes
the ordinary something...
- 1516. and makes it into
- 1517. But you wouldn't clap yet...
- 1518. because making something disappear
- 1519. You have to bring it back.
- 1520. Hey.
- 1521. Now you're looking for the secret.
- 1522. But you won't find it because,
of course, you're not really looking.
- 1523. You don't really want to work it out.
- 1524. You want to be fooled.