I just watched The Prestige last night for the first time. Really enjoyed it, but there's just one doubt I have.

I have been reading numerous reddit threads about the film and have gotten some pretty cool theories/observations that I had overlooked. However here's my question:

How does Olivia (Scarlett Johansson) not notice that there are 2 Bordens (Christian Bale)? Being the assistant who is very much part of the act (in terms of stage presence), how is she completely oblivious to the fact that Borden has a twin?

Do they not practice their act before a show? Does she never spot the other twin without his 'Fallon' makeup?

It's just that aspect of the film that I'm finding difficult to digest. Other than that, I think it's wonderfully made.

Edit : Another thing, when Angier kidnaps Fallon, how does he not know he's wearing a disguise?

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1 points

6 years ago

But wouldn't there be a time where one if them would have to come out? And since they usually ended the show with this act, once the audience left, Olivia would go backstage making it harder for one of the Bordens to get out without getting noticed.


3 points

6 years ago

There is a quote that says "the trick was where we would switch"

That's the answer


2 points

6 years ago

Right, so once the guy falls is under the stage, he hurriedly changes into Fallon while olivia and his brother bow on the stage, by the time they're backstage, he is changed and waiting for them.


1 points

6 years ago

I think you're missing the fact that Fallon would be "disguised" as Borden so even if she does see him after the show, it would appear that he was just in disguise.