The Prestige

The Prestige quotes

10 total quotes (ID: 464)

Alfred Borden
Nikola Tesla
Robert Angier

A real magician tries to invent something new, that other magicians are gonna scratch their heads over.


Are you watching closely?

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Great! Now all I have to do is keep my self stinking drunk and no one will be able to tell the difference.

If anybody really believed the things I did on stage, they wouldn't clap, they'd scream.

Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it... because you're not really looking... You don't really want to know... You want to be fooled.

Would I be the man in the box? Or the man in the prestige?

You never understood... why we did this. The audience knows the truth. The world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But if you can fool them, even for a second... then you can make them wonder. And you get to see something very special. ... You really don't know. ... It was the look on their faces.

You're familiar with the phrase "Man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie. Man's grasp exceeds his nerve. The only limits on scientific progress are those imposed by society. The first time I changed the world, I was hailed as a visionary. The second time I was asked politely to retire. The world only tolerates one change at a time. And so here I am. Enjoying my "retirement". Nothing is impossible, Mr. Angier, what you want is simply expensive. [1]