Prestigious movie

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English: The photograph image of Nikola Tesla ...

English: The photograph image of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at age 34. (Photo credit: )

Not sure who recommended this movie first, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank all who said watch it.

It’s truly a great movie. If you are in to understanding (and if you are a fakeologist, you are), then you’ll love this movie.

It is fully of beautiful people (Bale, Jackman, and Scarlett Johnansson, Caine), so your eyes will enjoy it and your mind will bend with it.

My main problem with the movie is I can’t sort out the Tesla angle. I can’t tell if he was real or not. Was he another , around which a story was crafted? Did Tesla really have an invention that was ended by TPTB? For the longest time I believed he had the technology that allowed magical things, and that lent itself to the Judy Wood fantasy weapon without a name.

The move is fully of great quotes. So many could be applied to and fakeology.

Cutter: Every great consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called 0;The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.”

Cutter: Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.

Robert Angier: You never understood why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It’s miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you… then you got to see something really special. You really don’t know? It was… it was the look on their faces…

Nikola Tesla: You’re familiar with the phrase “man’s reach exceeds his grasp”? It’s a lie: man’s grasp exceeds his nerve.

Nikola Tesla: I apologize for leaving without saying goodbye, but I seem to have outstayed my welcome in Colorado. The truly extraordinary is not permitted in science and industry. Perhaps you’ll find more luck in your field, where people are happy to be mystified. You will find what you are looking for in this box. Alley has written you a thorough set of instructions. I add only one suggestion on using the machine: destroy it. Drop it to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Such a thing will bring you only misery.

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4 thoughts on “Prestigious movie

  1. UNreal


    Really enjoy this movie as well, i’m especially intrigued by the construction of the Chinese magician’s fish-bowl trick,,,, This trick strikes me as very relevant for the 9/11 WTC takedown,, some controversy exist about how the the trick really was done, but imho Nolan gives us a very thought provoking and probable solution:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLMOPX…

    In the film, the character’s name is Chung Ling Soo, the same name used by the stage magician William Robinson (1861-1922). As can be understood from his real name, Robinson was not Chinese at all, but had constructed his “persona” and always appeared in make-up in public. He only spoke Chinese and used an interpreter when speaking with journalists… He never spoke on stage.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chung_Li…

  2. jimbo

    I recall Alan Watt saying that Tesla was presented to the public by the rulers so they could give us AC power. Metered power at a high price that is. This takes the attention off the rulers as the inventors of AC generators and puts it on an elusive inventor with many great discoveries. Tesla claimed he could split the earth in half as well as other planets with specific frequencies. Maybe some things said through Tesla by the PTB were true and other things were drama for public consumption.
    I want to believe in a Tesla kind of guy. The underdog.

  3. Johan Backes

    I could go on listing all of the false attributions and conspiracy theories regarding Tesla, but this would be a waste of time. The important thing is painting a true picture of ALL the wonderful and amazing personalities of technology in our history. Nikola Tesla was an inventor, and did share a love of engineering and science. And for this he deserves to be honored, but don’t fall for the populist rhetoric. I’d recommend

    www.edisontechcenter.org/tesla…

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