The Prestige Quotes

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  • Robert Angier:
    Man's reach exceeds his imagination!
    ‐ Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)

  • Olivia Wenscombe:
    It's inhuman to be so cold.
    ‐ Submitted by Kia M (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    He's out of his mind!
    Olivia Wenscombe:
    He's an out-of-work actor, of course he's out of his mind.
    ‐ Submitted by Kia M (2 years ago)

  • Olivia Wenscombe:
    You're going to need a better disguise.
    ‐ Submitted by Kia M (2 years ago)

  • Olivia Wenscombe:
    You're going to do something to that man, aren't you?
    ‐ Submitted by Kia M (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    The Real Transported Man is the most sought-after illusion in the business and I have te right to sell it on.
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Judge:
    How do you think Mr.Borden was able to move the tank under the trap door without anyone noticing?
    Cutter:
    Ask him, he's the magician.
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    He's a sharp lad, your son.
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    I'm part of the bloody act, you fool!
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    The key! Where's the bloody key?
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    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.
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Which one is my hat?
    Tesla:
    They are all your hat, Mr. Angier.
    ‐ Submitted by joseph j (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Which knot did you tie, Borden?
    Alfred Borden:
    I don't know.
    Robert Angier:
    You don't know? YOU DON'T KNOW?
    ‐ Submitted by Mariam M (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Are you watching closely?
    ‐ Submitted by Paul T (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    He's a no-talent magician and they're calling him the best in England!
    ‐ Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Now I just have to get exceptionally drunk and nobody will notice.
    ‐ Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    Didn't I tell you about the sailor who said what drowning felt like?
    Robert Angier:
    He said it was like going home.
    Cutter:
    I was wrong. He said it was agony.
    ‐ Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    He came in to demand an answer, and I told him the truth. That I have fought with myself over that night, one half of me swearing blind that I tied a simple slipknot, the other half convinced that I tied the Langford double. I can never know for sure.
    ‐ Submitted by Simon S (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    So... we go alone now. Both of us. Only I don't have as far to go as you. Go. You were right, I should have left him to his damn trick. I'm sorry. I'm sorry for a lot of things. I'm sorry about Sarah. I didn't mean to hurt her... I didn't. You go and live your life in full now, all right? You live for both of us.
    ‐ Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)

  • Sarah:
    No more lies. No more secrets!
    Alfred Borden:
    Secrets are my life.
    ‐ Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    You settled on a name yet?
    Robert Angier:
    Yes I have. The Great Danton.
    Cutter:
    Bit old-fashioned isn't it?
    Robert Angier:
    No. It's sophisticated.
    ‐ Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

  • Julia McCullough:
    I thought up a name for you: The Great Danton. Do you like it? It's sophisticated.
    Robert Angier:
    It's French.
    ‐ Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 'The Pledge'. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. 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 know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call 'The Prestige'.
    ‐ Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)

  • Olivia Wenscombe:
    [Robert] wants me to come work for you and steal his secrets.
    Alfred Borden:
    What does he need my secrets for? His trick is top notch. He vanishes, then reappears instantly on the other side of the stage - mute, overweight, and, unless I'm mistaken, very drunk. It's astonishing, how does he do it?
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Man's reach exceeds his imagination!
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    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 the secret. You want to be fooled!
    ‐ Submitted by Shiva K (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    [repeated line] Are you watching closely?
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Tesla:
    [to Robert] 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 to change 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.
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    You went halfway 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... 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 very special. You really don't know. It was... it was the look on their faces... [succumbs to gunshot wound]
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Policeman:
    [snatches a piece of paper Borden is writing on] Let me see. I'm going to learn all of the Professor's secrets.
    Alfred Borden:
    Only if I teach you how to read.
    Policeman:
    [throws the paper onto the ground] One of your stupid tricks, right? Haven't helped you get out of here, have they? Can't you undo REAL locks, Professor?
    Alfred Borden:
    Well, maybe I'm just biding my time. [produces a red rubber ball] Maybe one day, I'll hold up my hand, get your attention, ask, 'Are you watching closely,' maybe a magic word or two, and then I'll be GONE.
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    See, sacrifice, Robert... that's the price of a good trick. But you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    [ending narration] Every magic trick consists of 3 parts, or 'acts.' The first part is called 'the Pledge.' The magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called "the Turn." The magician takes the ordinary something, and makes it into something extraordinary. But, you wouldn't clap yet, because making something disappear isn't enough... you have to bring it BACK. 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.
    ‐ Submitted by Jacob H (2 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    Are you watching closely?
    ‐ Submitted by Adnan S (2 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Man's reach exceeds his imagination.
    ‐ Submitted by Karol N (2 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    Now you're looking for the secret...But you won't find it bof course, you're not really looking... You don't really want to know..You want to be fooled!
    ‐ Submitted by Chella M (3 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    I once told you about a salior who described drowning to me.
    Robert Angier:
    Yes, he said it was like going home.
    Cutter:
    I was lying. He said it was agony.
    ‐ Submitted by Will J (3 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    Simple maybe, but not easy.
    ‐ Submitted by Ryan D (3 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Man's reach exceeds his imagination!
    ‐ Submitted by John R (3 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    Secrets are my life.
    ‐ Submitted by Jason H (3 years ago)

  • Boy:
    He Killed the bird!
    Alfred Borden:
    No he didnt. He has it right there.
    Boy:
    But where's his brother?
    ‐ Submitted by Sam S (3 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.
    ‐ Submitted by Roberto P (3 years ago)

  • 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.
    ‐ Submitted by Roberto P (3 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.
    ‐ Submitted by Jeff J (3 years ago)

  • Alfred Borden:
    Are you watching closely?
    ‐ Submitted by TJ F (3 years ago)

  • Robert Angier:
    Which knot did you tie?
    ‐ Submitted by D.s. G (3 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    You're a magician, not a wizard.
    ‐ Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

  • 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.
    ‐ Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

  • Cutter:
    Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. 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 know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige"."
    ‐ Submitted by Rajarajan M (4 years ago)

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