For a movie about Magicians there really isn't a whole lot of magic in it. Everything eventually revolves around two tricks, one of which isn't a trick at all. Sure, some tricks show up briefly, but the story isn't about magic so much as magicians. In my review of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" I said that I felt I knew every one of the characters in my own life, that the film makers must have spent time in the same circles that I do. I feel almost the exact opposite in this movie. I have never known anyone as competitive as these characters (fortunately).
"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. Then you get to see something really special ... It was the look on their faces."
- I've never come across anything that teaches me that magic has three phases. "The pledge, the turn and the prestige" was a new concept to me.
- The old Chinese magician that Michael Caine's character sends the other two magicians to watch was based on real life magician Chung Ling Soo.
- I complained in the "Now you see me" review that the magicians were too cocky. Bale's character in this movie was the right amount of cocky for me, especially in the prison yard.
- The magician Angier and Borden work for at the beginning of the film is real life magician Ricky Jay, who is known for being able to throw a card hard and fast enough to pierce a watermelon rind.