The movie was far more engrossing than I feared it would be, but the entire time I pondered the way in which film was framing the audience's approach to trickery. Cinema already has its own patented prestidigitation — movie magic — and most of what the magicians discussed could easily be applied to actors or people behind the camera:
- Viewers can't believe the trick/film is *too* real because magic/movies are escapism
- You can be better technically than a competitor and still not be as entertaining
- "The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything."
 Jonathan & Christopher Nolan were the writer/director team behind both Dark Knight and The Prestige. Christian Bale's character in The Prestige has the same name as Michael Caine's character in the Dark Knight. This is still less trippy than the fact Heath Ledger's character in I'm Not There was an actor portraying Christian Bale's character in the same.
 The last 10 minutes or so involved too much exposition, but I am fond of the final shot.
 ZING! ^_^;