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Cutter:"I once told you about a sailor who described drowning to me."
Robert Angier:"Yes, he said it was like going home."
Cutter:"I was lying. He said it was agony."
Robert Angier:"You always were the better magician. We both know that. But whatever your secret was, you have to agree, mine is better."
Robert Angier:"No one cares about the man in the box."
Julia Angier:"I've thought of a name for you. The Great Danton. Do you like it? It's sophisticated."
Robert Angier:"It's french."
Robert Angier:"I thought you said I had to get my hands dirty?"
Cutter:"And someday perhaps you will. I just had to know that you can."
Cutter:"Obsession is a young man's game."
Cutter:"I knew an old sailor once. He told me he went overboard, tangled in the sails. They pulled him out, but it took him five minutes to cough. He said it was like 'going home'."
Cutter:"Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts. The first part is called the Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called the Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary. But you wouldn't clap yet, because making something disappear isn't enough. You have to bring it back."
Robert Angier:"I thought it was a secret?"
Alley:"You're a magician. Who is going to believe you?"
Robert Angier:"If you understand an obsession, then you know you won't change my mind."
Robert Angier:"I never thought I'd find an answer at the bottom of a pint glass."
Cutter:"Hasn't stopped you looking."
Angier's Double:"Did you think you were unique Mr. Angier? I have been Caesar, I've played Faust. How difficult could it possibly be to play the Great Danton?"
Cutter:"A pretty assistant is the most effective form of mis-direction."
Robert Angier:"Man's reach exceeds his imagination!"
Ackerman:"Pardon me. It's very rare to see real magic."
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."
Alley:"I'm amazed at how many of you newspaper writers can't read my sign!"
Robert Angier:"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 got to see something very special."
Alfred Borden:"The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for... is everything."
Robert Angier:"Well I don't trust him."
Cutter:"He's a natural magician. Of course you can't trust him."
Alfred Borden:"Who wants to volunteer?"
Alfred Borden:"Are you watching closely?"
Robert Angier:"Not the welcome I was expecting."
Cutter:"Oh no sir, this wasn't built by a magician. This was built by a wizard. A man who can actually do, what magicians pretend to do."