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(2006)

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Chung Ling Soo was a stage character created by a Caucasian American man, William Ellsworth Robinson, who disguised himself as a Chinese man to cash in on audiences' enthusiasm for the exotic. Robinson lived as Chung, never breaking character while in public. He died in March 1918 when a bullet catch trick went wrong. "My God, I've been shot" were both his last words and the first English he had spoken on stage in 19 years.
Sam Mendes had shown interest in adapting Christopher Priest's novel for the big-screen, but Priest insisted that Christopher Nolan direct the film, based on his love for both Following (1998) and Memento (2000).
Nikola Tesla was a world-renowned inventor, physicist, and engineer. For a while, he conducted electrical experiments at his lab in Colorado Springs, where he was also known for his eccentric behavior.
The main characters' initials spell ABRA (Alfred Borden Robert Angier), as in Abracadabra, a common word used by magicians.
Borden's infant is played by one of director Christopher Nolan's children.
Ricky Jay, who played a magician in the film, coached Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in their sleight-of-hand techniques.
Alfred Borden takes on the stage name of "The Professor". This is the nickname that was given to Dai Vernon, the man many consider to be the best modern day sleight of hand magician.
Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall also appeared together in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Furthermore, they both later joined the Marvel franchise and both had their Marvel-debut in an Iron Man (2008) sequel.
Angier's double mumbles a few lines from a speech while rehearsing on stage before his first performance. What he's saying is actually the words of Harry Percy (Hotspur) from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, when called to appear before the king and explain his failure to turn over prisoners after a recent battle in Scotland. Apparently Hugh Jackman has used this speech in previous auditions. Presumably it was believed that having the double deliver a few lines from Shakespeare would lend him an actorly air, as his character is in fact a dissolute stage actor.
In the Bullet Catch scene, you can clearly see the name Harry Dresden on the list of performers under "The Professor." Harry Dresden is a fictional wizard in "The Dresden Files", a series of books by novelist Jim Butcher, and later the basis of The Dresden Files (2007).
SPOLIER: There is a clue to the fact that Christian Bale's character has a double early on in the movie, when he says "I would not forgive 'myself' for selling 'my' own trick" when referring to Fallon's decision not to sell the Transported Man secret to Owens.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sarah's line "I know what you are" was not in the script. Rebecca Hall said that she felt terrible right after she said it, thinking she had given away the ending.
When Nikola Tesla's machines are being exhibited in the Royal Albert Hall, a man in the audience protests that Tesla's electrical current is unstable. Later in the movie, the same man appears in Colorado Springs as one of Thomas A. Edison's henchmen--thus proving that magicians are not the only ones who hide within their rivals' audiences.
Root, the on-stage double of Angier (Hugh Jackman), announces that he has played Faust and Caesar in the past. Both were famously portrayed on stage as men destroyed by their own ambition, as Angier eventually is.
The use of twins in a "transported man" magic show was in fact quite common when the movie takes place.

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