Prestidigitators Unite!

The Prestige is a brilliant show requiring more than one viewing (though I’ve only seen it once so far). About two days after I saw this film I realized that the whole film is played out just like the acts in the magic shows that film is about, and about that I shall not further elaborate.

I can only say that for the discerning theatre-goer who appreciates a well-crafted tale of intrigue and suspense will not find their time wasted here.

The story is relatively simple to encapsulate: two magicians beginning as assistants and amateurs carry on a rivalry where each attempts to out-magic the other. Throughout we are faced with questions about humanity and decency, and we are caught looking one way when the Prestige rushes upon us and we are enthralled in the wonder of a good story.

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