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satellite23
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I watched this fantastic movie last night called The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan starrring Christian Bale. It was absolutely amazing, and not just the magic part of it. Just wondering, has anyone ever seen this movie? If so, here are some questions....

Are the three "acts" (prestige, turn...etc.) real words for magicians? I've never heard of them before.

Is the dupication thing ever going to be possible? Was this guy Telsa ever real?

What have you guys learned from this movie, or what about this movie is like or unlike your own magic experiences?
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Nikola Telsa was very real. Tesla's patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor. He was a genius. He also studied into radio waves and produced the first patent for the radio.

Even though he will always be known for winning the war of currents against Edison, there is much to learn about this great man. His research notes are still being studied today.

I wouldn't say that the duplication thing will "never" be possible, but I don't think it will be for quite some time. Let alone murdering your clone every time you want to perform!
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Nicola Tesla is indeed a real person, but you may know him by his other name, Jareth the Goblin King, and actually is quite a skilled contact juggler.

I have never heard of the term "the prestige" before the eponymous film, but it may be that it was invented as a fiction for the novel.

Check out this page... I mean, if you want to:
http://etymonline.com/?search=prestige

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Tesla is real person he invent tesla coil. But Tesla coil was system to transport electricity from one place to another without wires.
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I remember reading somewhere right after the movie came out (maybe even here) that the terms were made up for the screenplay.
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It was a great movie and definitely worth viewing for those who have not yet seen it.
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[French (influenced by prestigiateur, juggler, conjurer, from prestige, illusion), from prestidigitateur, conjurer : preste, nimble (from Italian presto; see presto) + Latin digitus, finger; see digit.]

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Note the French influence; Prestige means illusion....Hence the name of the movie
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This is a great film. I have watched it a lot and its really influenced the magic I have worked on since. Not just the Victorian them but the way the story build and twist.

If you like this film you might also want to look at these,

Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible by Jim Steinmeyer

http://www.teslasociety.com/biography.htm

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius by Marc Seifer
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I love this movie. I swear I catch more plot subtleties every time I watch it. Love the whole condensed history of the Golden Age of magic, the relationship between Borden and Fallon, and it even features Ricky Jay!
I'd add Steinmeyer's "The Glorious Deception" to Yellowcustard's reading list.
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This film is really good. It is quite dark in places but has one hell of a kick to it.
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And, don't forget about The Illusionist:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443543
Different kind of movie, but very good. And, they both came out in the same year...lucky for magicians around the world.
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Really creepy movie, I get goose bumps at the end...."Are you watching closely"
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I came across both The Prestige and The Illusionist about a year ago and have watched them several times. I have also found all sorts of plot subtleties in each that I missed before. I have studied a little of that turn of the century time period and the number of events, discoveries, inventions, etc. of that time are staggering. Now I am hoping that someone will turn the Jim Steinmeyer book The Glorious Deception into a movie, it is such a compelling story.
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They were both great movies but I liked the prestige more and I think they should make more movies like these that focus on magic but more modern.
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I think someone said that The Prestige is the better movie, but The illusionist had better magic.
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Both absolutely brilliant films. I think the actors, stories and directing was fantastic! I just wish I could work out how each film did their main trick. I mean ghosts in smoke and the transporting man. I'm still racking my brains. Perhaps they could have a double spin off and do a Transporting Smoky Ghost-Men effect. Smile ..........Seriously though, I loved them both and watched them into double figures.

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Yeah both very good, would love to see something more factual about 19th century magic though!
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I loved the scene in the Prestige when he shares his method for the Bullet Catch with his wife and you can visibly see how the wonder of the effect is completely gone at that moment. So many great moments in that film!
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Really good film. I watched this last night after seeing this post. Can't believe I missed it. Thanks Op.
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What both of these films managed to do, that no other in my recollection could do, was to portray what an audience must feel when they witness true mystery and astonishment. Sure, the effects may have been over-romanticized...but isn't that what we aspire our magic to be? ...wonderful, and amazing?
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