Complete summary of Steven Millhauser’s Eisenheim the Illusionist. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Eisenheim the Illusionist. Ultimately, Eisenheim represents what magicians could have done if they had taken their power to the extreme. A magician’s power comes not. Stephen Millhauser: “Eisenheim the Illusionist” () In creative writing courses, you’re inevitably told a golden rule of good fiction-writing.

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Book vs. Movie: “Eisenheim the Illusionist”

Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. In late nineteenth century Vienna, renowned illusionist Eisenheim is reunited with the Duchess von Teschen when she is volunteered from the audience to participate in an illusion during one of his performances. Uhl has already informed the Emperor and the General Staff of Leopold’s conspiracy to seize the throne.

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Uhl laughs delightedly at the brilliance of their plan. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Illusionist Theatrical release poster.


Told in the third person, the reader is never granted direct access to Eisenheim.

The original story, on which the movie is based, does not include the artifice of the protagonist framing the Archduke for murder. After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything eisenheiim have to outwit each other.

Uhl reveals to Leopold that he has found evidence – a jewel from Leopold’s sword and Sophie’s distinctive locket – which could implicate Leopold in Sophie’s murder.

Quotes [ first lines ] woman in audience: Despite having not seen each other in fifteen years when they were teenagers, they almost immediately recognize each other as Eduard Abramovich and Sophie von Teschen, they who had a doomed romance at that time due to their class differences.

The first officer who attempts to lift it is unable. Uhl attends the packed performance with dozens of officers, and in spite of the warnings, Eisenheim brings Sophie’s spirit to life again. Symbolic Threats and Literal Perils. There is no dialogue, direct or indirect, and no effort to inhabit the minds of the characters.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Working at the end of the century, he embodies the liminal space between the old and the new, the solid and the abstract. After Eisenheim humiliates the Crown Prince at a private show which results in an He reacts by chasing her into the stables with a sword, in full view of the servants. An industrial worker who hasn’t slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.


Goofs Eisenheim’s shadow is shown at 1: It is a story that should keep most viewers intrigued all the way and perhaps surprised quite a bit at the end. Ride the airstreams with a winged demigod.

You are commenting using your WordPress. But rules are meant to be broken, and a whole subsection of stories are written in the oral, story-telling tradition. Part of the appeal of watching a film about a magician is surely to watch some magic tricks, yet there are only a handful of brief sequences where this happens.

Leopold, highly unnerved, orders Uhl to arrest Eisenheim for fraud, but Eisenheim manages to avoid jail by openly confessing to the public that his show is a mere illusion. And although I think the story is good, I believe the movie is much, much better.

Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Eisenheim performs magic like it has never been seen before.