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The Prestige Quotes

  • Robert Angier: Man's reach exceeds his imagination!


  • Olivia Wenscombe: It's inhuman to be so cold.


  • 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.
    Olivia Wenscombe: He's an out-of-work actor, of course he's out of his mind.


  • Olivia Wenscombe: You're going to need a better disguise.


  • Olivia Wenscombe: You're going to do something to that man, aren't you?


  • Cutter: the real transported man is one of the most sought after illusion's in this business i have the right to sell it on if i reveal the method hear the trick is worthless
    Cutter: The Real Transported Man is the most sought-after illusion in the business and I have te right to sell it on.


  • Judge: how do you think Mr Borden was able to move the tank under the trap door with out anyone noticing
    Judge: How do you think Mr.Borden was able to move the tank under the trap door without anyone noticing?
    Cutter: he is the magician ask him
    Cutter: Ask him, he's the magician.


  • Alfred Borden: he is are sharp lad your son
    Alfred Borden: He's a sharp lad, your son.


  • Alfred Borden: i am a part of the act you bloody fool
    Alfred Borden: I'm part of the bloody act, you fool!


  • Alfred Borden: The key! Where's the bloody key?


  • 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
    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.


  • Robert Angier: which one is my hat
    Robert Angier: Which one is my hat?
    Tesla: they are all your hats Mr Angier
    Tesla: They are all your hat, Mr. Angier.


  • Robert Angier: Which knot did you tie,Borden?
    Robert Angier: Which knot did you tie, Borden?
    Alfred Borden: I don't know.
    Robert Angier: You don't know? YOU DON'T KNOW?


  • Robert Angier: Are you watching closely?


  • Alfred Borden: He's a no-talent magician and they're calling him the best in England!


  • Robert Angier: Now I just have to get exceptionally drunk and nobody will notice.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Sarah: No more lies. No more secrets!
    Alfred Borden: Secrets are my life
    Alfred Borden: Secrets are my life.


  • 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.


  • Julia McCullough: I thought up a name for you: The Great Danton. Do you like it? It's sophisticated.
    Robert Angier: It's French
    Robert Angier: It's French.


  • 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"
    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'.


  • 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?


  • Robert Angier: Man's reach exceeds his imagination!


  • 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! "
    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!


  • Alfred Borden: [repeated line] Are you watching closely?


  • 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.
    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.


  • 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]


  • Policeman: (snatches a piece of paper Borden is writing on) Let me see. I'm going to learn all of the Professor's secrets.
    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?
    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.
    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.


  • Alfred Borden: See, sacrifice, Robert... that's the price of a good trick. But you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?


  • 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.
    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.


  • Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?


  • Robert Angier: Man's reach exceeds his imagination
    Robert Angier: Man's reach exceeds his imagination.


  • 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 !
    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!


  • 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.


  • Alfred Borden: Simple maybe, but not easy.


  • Robert Angier: A man's reach exceeds his imagination
    Robert Angier: Man's reach exceeds his imagination!


  • Alfred Borden: Secrets are my life.


  • Boy: He Killed the Bird!
    Boy: He Killed the bird!
    Alfred Borden: No he didnt. He has it right there.
    Boy: But where's his brother?


  • Alfred Borden: The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.


  • 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...
    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.


  • Alfred Borden: The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything
    Alfred Borden: The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.


  • Alfred Borden: Are you watching closely?


  • Robert Angier: which knot did you tie?
    Robert Angier: Which knot did you tie?


  • Cutter: You're a magician, not a wizard.


  • 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.


  • 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"."


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