In The Prestige why did nobody notice Fallon's deformed hand like Borden and figure out the "trick" of them being secretly twins? Is it something overlooked by the writer or is there some in-universe explaination?

  • Misdirection and people simply not looking for it. Who normally scans the hands of magicians to see if they're missing fingers, and in what manner?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Aug 15, 2016 at 13:01
  • @FuzzyBoots Well as Angier really wants to figure out the trick, this would be step 1 right?
    – Thomas
    Aug 15, 2016 at 13:04

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At the end of the movie, once Angier figures out that Borden/Fallon were twins, they show flashbacks where the twins take the time to cut off two fingers from the "healthy" brother. It is even alluded to earlier in the movie, when Sarah (their wife) comments how the almost-healed hand has started "bleeding again".

So, a combination of black gloves with fake fingers (mentioned in the movie as well by Angier and Olivia), combined with the fact that after a few months both twins had two less fingers means that no one had a clue.

  • Totally missed out on the fake fingers
    – Thomas
    Aug 15, 2016 at 14:19

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