Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts. The first act is called “the pledge.” The magician show you something ordinary. A deck of cards, a bird, or a man. He show you this object, perhaps he ask you to inspect it, to see that 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.”
———- The Prestige (2006), directed by Christopher Nolan ————-
1. The Pledge
I’m a man. I have 2 eyes. My body function properly. I eat rice. I drink water. I smile, I laugh, I feel sad, I cry, I feel angry. I have what it takes to be ordinary. But of course, i’m no ordinary. Unlike other people, my mind thinks differently.
2. The Turn
And then the seemingly-ordinary-me needs to do something extraordinary. Something that makes people wondering, “what is that.”
3. The Prestige
When “The Turn” completed, I can stand in the top of the world, and say (again) I ♥ you.