Top 11 The Prestige Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Prestige facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Prestige film message.

The opening shot is of identical copies of Angier's top hat in a glade, followed by a shot of caged canaries in Borden's workshop. Thus the film's central conflict is spelled out.
The opening shot is of identical copies of Angier's top hat in a glade, followed by a shot of caged canaries in Borden's workshop. Thus the film's central conflict is spelled out.
After he performs a trick with a vanishing bird, Borden first meets Sarah. Her nephew is afraid he's killed the bird in the cage, he asks, "But where's his brother?" This is an early clue to both Angier's final trick, and Borden's true identity.
After he performs a trick with a vanishing bird, Borden first meets Sarah. Her nephew is afraid he's killed the bird in the cage, he asks, "But where's his brother?" This is an early clue to both Angier's final trick, and Borden's true identity.

The Prestige Hidden Details

1 - Angier's double mentions he's played Ceaser and Faust, both men undone by their ambition, foreshadowing Angier's fate.
Angier's double mentions he's played Ceaser and Faust, both men undone by their ambition, foreshadowing Angier's fate.
1 - On the sign on the left, one of the other magicians listed is Harry Dresden, main character of "The Dresden Files", a modern day fantasy novel series.
On the sign on the left, one of the other magicians listed is Harry Dresden, main character of "The Dresden Files", a modern day fantasy novel series.

The women reflect the men in interesting ways

1 - It is shown that Tesla uses Colorado Springs's power for his experiments. When his assistant Alley finishes a demonstration for Angier, you can see the town power back up in the background.
It is shown that Tesla uses Colorado Springs's power for his experiments. When his assistant Alley finishes a demonstration for Angier, you can see the town power back up in the background.
1 - Identical twins secretly take turns living life as magician Alfred Borden while the other disguises himself as Mr. Fallon, whom Borden describes as his "ing?nieur". Ing?nieur comes from the Old French word "engigneor" which means 'engineer', but it also means 'deceiver'.
Identical twins secretly take turns living life as magician Alfred Borden while the other disguises himself as Mr. Fallon, whom Borden describes as his "ing?nieur". Ing?nieur comes from the Old French word "engigneor" which means 'engineer', but it also means 'deceiver'.

Ricky Jay plays the old, unhip magician that Jackman and Bale think they can be better than. Joke's on them though, because Jay pulled off Bale's best trick six years earlier in the X-Files episode The Amazing Maleeni...

1 - In "The Prestige" a narrating character tells you the ending at the beginning.
In "The Prestige" a narrating character tells you the ending at the beginning.
1 - Cutter's sailor story is a major reveal about the nature of drowning and the deaths of Olivia and later Angier's clones. However the truth is that drowning is only agony in saltwater because the water is too dense to pass through lung membranes and death takes 8-10 minutes.
Cutter's sailor story is a major reveal about the nature of drowning and the deaths of Olivia and later Angier's clones. However the truth is that drowning is only agony in saltwater because the water is too dense to pass through lung membranes and death takes 8-10 minutes.
The Prestige poster
The Prestige poster

The Prestige Plot

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Prestige. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Christopher Nolan
Stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo
IMDB score 8.5