Look up prestige in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. In a magic christopher priest the prestige pdf free download, the term prestige referred to the final portion of a magic trick, typically a showy flourish.

This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Prestige. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. This page was last edited on 15 February 2018, at 19:07. Follow the link for more information. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier, Christian Bale as Alfred Borden, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. The film was released on October 20, 2006, receiving positive reviews and strong box office results, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. This article’s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed.

In 1890s London, magician Robert Angier performs his trick, “The Real Transported Man” to a sold out theater. Rival magician Alfred Borden sneaks under the stage. At the trick’s culmination, Angier drops through a trap door and into a waiting water tank, where Borden watches him drown. At Borden’s murder trial, Angier’s ingénieur John Cutter testifies how Borden pushed the water tank under the trap door to catch and kill Angier during his trick. In prison, Borden is visited by an agent of a Lord Caldlow, who offers to care for Borden’s daughter Jess in exchange for all of Borden’s tricks.

As a show of good faith, Caldlow gives Borden a copy of Angier’s diary, which Borden reads. Years earlier, Angier and Borden work as shills for Milton the Magician, alongside Cutter and assistant Julia, Angier’s wife. Milton’s famous trick is the water tank trick, where Julia is bound in ropes and dropped in a water tank from which she frees herself. Borden launches a solo magic career and hires the silent, mysterious Fallon as his ingénieur. Sarah’s intuition that Borden is keeping secrets and that sometimes he is lying when he says he loves her.

At his first show, Borden’s bullet catch trick is sabotaged by Angier and Borden loses two fingers. Angier discovers and steals Borden’s fantastic trick “The Transported Man,” where Borden instantly travels between two wardrobes on opposite ends of a stage. Cutter and Olivia groom Root, an out-of-work actor, into a double for Angier. The New Transported Man” is a huge success, but Angier is displeased, as he ends the trick hidden under the stage while Root basks in the applause. Obsessed with Borden’s secret, Angier orders Olivia to spy on him. In America, Angier meets scientist Nikola Tesla and asks him to build him the machine Tesla built for Borden. While waiting for Tesla to finish, Angier deciphers Borden’s diary, which he discovers to be fraudulent: Borden confesses that Tesla has nothing to do with Borden’s trick and that Borden ordered Olivia to give Angier the diary to send him away.

Returning to London, Angier debuts ‘The Real Transported Man’ where he vanishes within the machine’s electrical field and appears atop the balcony at the back of the hall. Baffled by the trick’s success, Borden sneaks backstage to find Angier’s secret, only to witness Angier drop through a trap door and plunge into a waiting water tank, where he drowns. Cutter stumbles upon the scene and Borden is arrested. In the present, Borden is found guilty and sentenced to death. He agrees to Lord Caldlow’s terms and surrenders all his secrets. When Caldlow visits, Borden recognizes him as Angier.

Baffled by Angier’s return, Borden begs for his life, but Angier ignores his pleas. Borden is hanged and dies, his last word: “Abracadabra. Cutter learns that Caldlow has bought Angier’s machine. His task finished, Cutter leaves the theater and passes a stranger on the street, who enters the theater. The stranger shoots Angier and reveals himself as Borden.

Angier realizes that “Alfred Borden” is actually an identity assumed by twin brothers, who took turns being Borden and Fallon. One is the twin who loved his hanged wife Sarah, while the other loved the assistant Olivia. Borden berates Angier for going too far in his quest for dominance. After reading the script, Jackman expressed interest in playing the part. Christopher Nolan discovered Jackman’s interest, and after meeting him saw that Jackman possessed the qualities of stage showmanship that Nolan was looking for in the role of Angier.

Christian Bale expressed interest in playing the part and was cast after Jackman. Caine had previously collaborated with Nolan and Bale in Batman Begins. Nolan said that even though it felt like the character of Cutter was written for Caine, it was not. Nolan noted that the character was written “before I’d ever met” Caine. Rebecca Hall as Sarah Borden, Borden’s wife. Hall had to relocate from North London to Los Angeles in order to shoot the film, although the film itself takes place in London.