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: I thought up a name for you: The Great Danton. Do you like it? It's sophisticated. Robert Angier
] It's French.
: He's progressive, he's predictable, he's boring. I mean, Milton's got success, whatever that means, and now he's scared, he won't take any risks at all. I mean, he's squandering the goodwill of the audience with these tired, second-rate tricks... Robert Angier
: They're all favorites, please... Alfred Borden
: Favorites? Come on, give me something fresh, he wont even try a bloody bullet catch! Cutter
: A bullet catch is suicide, all it takes is some smart-ass volunteer to put a button in the barrel... Alfred Borden
: Fine, use a plant! Robert Angier
: You can't use plants for every trick! Julia McCullough
: There'll be no seats left for the punters!
] Alfred Borden
: Fine, no bullet catch, whatever, but the point is... a real magician tries to invent something new, that other magicians are gonna scratch their heads over, you know? Cutter
: Right, then you sell it to him for a small fortune? Alfred Borden
: All right... Cutter
: I suppose you have such a trick? Alfred Borden
: Actually, I do.
: I saw you, drop the knot again...? Julia McCullough
: I think I turned my wrist... Cutter
: Some nights you just don't get it, do you? I mean, if that knot slips and Julia's on the hoist, she'll break her leg! Alfred Borden
: It's a wrong knot.
[pause, Cutter stares at him
] Alfred Borden
: Like I said, the Langfeld Double will hold tighter! Cutter
: The Langfeld Double isn't a wet knot! It's too dangerous - if the rope swells up, she won't be able to slip it! Julia McCullough
: I can slip a Langfeld underwater. Alfred Borden
: [looks at Julia
] She can slip it, we can practice... Robert Angier
: Hey, Borden, he said no! Alfred Borden
] Oh well, you know knots better than me, do you? Cutter
: Listen! No more mistakes!