Land? Land is a ship too big for me. It’s a woman too beautiful,it’s a voyage too long,a perfume too strong,it’s music I don’t know how to make.
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “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”.
You never understood… why we did this. The audience knows the truth. The world is simple,miserable,solid all the way through. But if you can fool them,even for a second… then you can make them wonder. And you get to see something very special. … You really don’t know. … It was the look on their faces.
You’re familiar with the phrase “Man’s reach exceeds his grasp”? It’s a lie. Man’s grasp exceeds his nerve. The only limits on scientific progress are those imposed by society. The first time I changed the world,I was hailed as a visionary. The second time I was asked politely to retire. The world only tolerates one change at a time. And so here I am. Enjoying my “retirement”. Nothing is impossible,Mr. Angier,what you want is simply expensive.