Cherryred, thanks for the input... now I would really like to read the original story.
Yesterday I saw the Illusionist. GB is right, it was a brilliant film, so good it was worthy of getting into my all time fave list!! I will stop at that as I would like everyone to see it and fully enjoy this extraordinary film!!
Firewater, now I will go check out "the prestige" as soon as I get a chance... looks really good, too!!