the prestige

Sarah Borden

The Prestige is a film about the rivalry between real-life magicians, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. Sarah Borden (Rebecca Hall) is the wife of Alfred Borden, a magician in 19th century England.

Julia McCullough

In The Prestige, Julia McCullough (Piper Perabo) is the wife of famed magician, Robert Angier. She is the former assistant to Milton the Magician, whose shills were Angier and future rival, Alfred Borden. When a water tank trick goes wrong and Julia drowns, Angier blames Borden, which begins the feud between the two magicians.

Nikola Tesla

Based on the real-life inventor, Nikola Tesla (David Bowie) is commissioned by the magician, Robert Angier, to build a teleportation device. It is Angier’s hope that this illusion will help him defeat his rival, Alfred Borden.

Olivia Wenscombe

In the Prestige, Olivia Wenscombe (Scarlet Johansson) is the assistant and the lover of magician, Robert Angier. She is sent to spy on his rival, Alfred Borden, but only serves to fuel the feud by playing both magicians against each other. Set in 19th century London, Olivia’s costumes include bustiers and corsets with embellishments, stockings, and other accessories commonly found on burlesque dancers.

Alfred Borden

In The Prestige, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is a working-class magician who is engaged in a dangerous rivalry with another magician, Robert Angier. Based on the real-life magicians, Borden’s clothing reflects a modest lifestyle in Victorian England.