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    • by Frederick

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      “The Illusionist” and “The Prestige” had hit movie theaters with only about a month’s difference; they both tell a story of 19 century stage magicians in Europe. I don’t know whose idea it was to release two movies on the same subject at the same

      time and whether they are meant to compete or not, but I guess it makes comparisons inevitable.

      Except for the magic illusions theme and timeframe, the movies are actually very different.

      The Prestige is more of a mystery; it is darker, at times bordering on horror.

      It works like a puzzle with a few pieces missing that eventually comes together after some plot twists.

      The Illusionist is more linear, and it involves some romance.

      When he was a teenage boy, Eisenheim, now an acclaimed illusionist, had fallen in love with Sophie,

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      a duke’s daughter.

      The two were separated.

      Fifteen years later, Eisenheim comes to Vienna and meets Sophie again, engaged to Crown Prince Leopold.

      The proud and mean-spirited crown prince only wants Sophie as a part of his political scheming to overthrow his father.

      When Eisenheim

      and Sophie reunite, he convinces her to break the engagement.

      Leopold does not want to release her, and he has all the power he needs to get rid of Eisenheim.

      But the illusionist is far from helpless as well.

      He uses his art and wit to fight Leopold.

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