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Quotations from The Prestige

The Prestige is a British-American mystery drama thriller film about two magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. The story follows the rival magicians as they try to find the best stage illusion act and compete in one-upmanship. However, once one man comes in counter with Tesla, his trick gets a bit more exciting, and dangerous, for everyone involved. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and Piper Perabo. Based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Priest.

The Prestige received mostly positive reviews upon its initial release. The movie was a success at the box office. It went on to be nominated for the Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Cinematography Oscar awards. Continue reading for some quotes from The Prestige.

Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?
Cutter: You're a magician, not a wizard.
Nikola Tesla: Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier. What you want is simply expensive.
Robert Angier: I never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass.
Cutter: Hasn't stopped you looking, has it?
Alfred Borden: Never show anyone. They'll beg you and they'll flatter you for the secret, but as soon as you give it up... you'll be nothing to them.
Olivia Wenscombe: The Great Danton is a blind fool!
Alfred Borden: You went half way around the world... you spent a fortune... you did terrible things... really terrible things Robert, and all for nothing.
Robert Angier: For nothing?
Alfred Borden: Yeah
Robert Angier: You never understood, why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It's miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you... then you got to see something really special... you really don't know?... it was... it was the look on their faces...
Merrit: I've hired a comedian. You know I hate comedians.
Hotel Manager: I thought they might work for the government.
Robert Angier: No?
Hotel Manager: Worse. They work for Thomas Edison.
Cutter: Now you're looking for the secret. But you won't find it because of course, you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.
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