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The Prestige

Intro to Philosophy Film Presentation

Michaela Siebert

on 30 November 2010

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Transcript of The Prestige

Philosophy in The Prestige "There must be at least as much reality in the cause as in the effects"
~Descartes All knowledge ( or a magician's secret) is knowable via reason
Reason is sometimes blind to facts
Ordinaryness of illusion -- '...now you're looking for the secret, but you won't find it because you aren't really looking. We want to be fooled.'
"...This machine wasn't built by a magician, it was built by a wizard: a man who can actually do what magicians pretend to do." Distinction between 'wizard' & 'magician': Magican: uses trickery, but secrets are knowable and illusions are knowable, work in material realm
Wizards: Create the unexplainable, otherworldly, work in another realm Characters & Plot
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