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* CynicismCatalyst: Both Margaret and Tom have these as motivations to debunk paranormal claims. Margaret's son is in a coma, which apparently caused a loss of faith and firm disbelief in all things supernatural or paranormal. Tom's mother died due to trusting in a faith healer rather than medicine, with the same results.

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* CynicismCatalyst: Both Margaret and Tom have these as motivations to debunk paranormal claims. Margaret's son is in a coma, which apparently caused a loss of faith and firm disbelief in all things supernatural or paranormal. Tom's mother died due to trusting in a faith healer rather than medicine, with the same results. [[spoiler: Although the latter is actually subverted when Tom mentions that he's going to call his mother later.]]


* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Silver, who is revealed not to be blind when he catches the coin Tom throws]].

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* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Silver, who is revealed not to be blind when he catches Sally and Ben review the coin Tom throws]].footage and note that Silver's watch is lined up with his assistant's in a code that would've been extremely difficult for a truly blind person to hide.]].



%%* RewindReplayRepeat: Buckley does this exhaustively to Silver's experiment footage.

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%%* RewindReplayRepeat: Buckley does this exhaustively to Silver's experiment footage.footage i.


* WhamShot:

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* WhamShot:WhamShot: Tom opening the [[spoiler: non-electric doors with his mind]].


'''Tom:''' [[spoiler: [[[[PsychicPowers Phony.]]]]

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'''Tom:''' [[spoiler: [[[[PsychicPowers [[PsychicPowers Phony.]]]]


%%* BloodSplatteredWarrior: Buckley, during the final confrontation with Silver.

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%%* * BloodSplatteredWarrior: Buckley, during the final confrontation with Silver.Silver, courtesy of the [[spoiler: beating by Leonardo]].


* GilliganCut: Ben tells Sally that Tom is with Silver at the theater and is "perfectly alright". Cut to [[spoiler: Leonardo attempting to kill him in the bathroom]].



'''Tom:''' [[spoiler: [[[[PsychicPowers Phony.]]

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'''Tom:''' [[spoiler: [[[[PsychicPowers Phony.]]]]]]

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* WhamLine: Two, in rapid succession.
--> '''Silver:''' [[spoiler: How did you [Tom] do that?]]\\
'''Tom:''' [[spoiler: [[[[PsychicPowers Phony.]]
* WhamShot:


%%* MindOverMatter: These exact words appear in Shackleton's speech.

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%%* * MindOverMatter: These exact words appear in Shackleton's speech.speech to the reporters before Silver's test.
--> ''"We're scientists, and for the first time we could just obtain conclusive results about the reality of extrasensory perception, the power of the mind over matter."''



%%* NotSoStoic: Margaret, during the interview.
%%* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Silver]].

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%%* * NotSoStoic: Margaret, during while telling Tom about her interview with Silver, breaks down when she brings up the interview.
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fact that he used her son against her.
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ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Silver]].Silver, who is revealed not to be blind when he catches the coin Tom throws]].

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: According to the SPRC evaluation title card, the film takes place in October/November 2011.


%%* {{Kuudere}}: Margaret.

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%%* {{Kuudere}}: SugarAndIcePersonality: Margaret.


%%* ArbitrarySkepticism: Matheson from the beginning, and Buckley becomes the same when [[spoiler:she dies]].


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* FlatEarthAtheist: Buckley becomes this near the end of the film.


* CreepyMonotone: A false medium at the beginning of the film basically drones to height his creepy image.

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* CreepyMonotone: A false medium at the beginning of the film basically drones to height heighten his creepy image.



* OccamsRazor: Mentioned by Matheson-she believes that alleged paranormal phenomena have mundane, natural explanations.

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* OccamsRazor: Mentioned by Matheson-she Matheson -- she believes that alleged paranormal phenomena have mundane, natural explanations.



* SatelliteLoveInterest: Sally, for the most part of the movie, isn't involved in importance with the film's plot. [[spoiler: Subverted a bit at the end, when she comes in to help Ben and play a key part in discovering Silver's secret]].

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Sally, for the most part of the movie, isn't involved in importance with the film's plot. [[spoiler: Subverted a bit at the end, when she comes in to help Ben and play plays a key part in discovering Silver's secret]].



** Many of them, especially to ''Series/TheXFiles'' - Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'.
** Also to many famous (or infamous) real life events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), Leonardo has the same last name as famous fraud medium Eusapia Palladino, Shackleton shares one with Basil Shackleton, a star of the Soal-Goldney experiments of the 1940s that were later found to rely on faked data, etc.

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** Many of them, especially to ''Series/TheXFiles'' - -- Margaret shares the surname of Senator Matheson from the series, the TV-presenter's TV presenter's name is [[ScullySyndrome Dana]], and in Buckley's room there is a poster identical to that in Mulder's office but with 'I want to believe' replaced by 'I want to understand'.
** Also to many famous (or infamous) real life real-life events/arguments in the paranormal debate: the debunking of Leonardo is done the same way as faith healer Peter Popoff was exposed by the skeptical magician James Randi, the arguments of Buckley/Matheson are common, along with the paranormal tests, Simon Silver resembles the real Uri Geller, the identical horoscopes is a technique used to expose confirmation bias, the initials SPRC (Scientific Paranormal Research Center) are close to that of the actual 130-year old 130-year-old SPR (Society for Psychical Research), Leonardo has the same last name as famous fraud medium Eusapia Palladino, Shackleton shares one with Basil Shackleton, a star of the Soal-Goldney experiments of the 1940s that were later found to rely on faked data, etc.



* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Buckley, in a rage, throws a student's books at Shackelton.

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* ThrowTheBookAtThem: Buckley, in a rage, throws a student's books at Shackelton.Shackleton.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The film has many plot threads left dangling. [[spoiler: Did Buckley call ''himself'' all those times with his powers and not know it? Was he responsible for the strange things going on at Silver's office, and were the apparently possessed people there stooges, or did he unconsciously influence them? Additionally, while Silver's supposed "thought transference" was explained, they never said anything about the "thought photographs" which he produced that Shackleton said had "no scientific explanation." Of course that might have been faked too-we don't see how though.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The film has many plot threads left dangling. [[spoiler: Did Buckley call ''himself'' all those times with his powers and not know it? Was he responsible for the strange things going on at Silver's office, and were the apparently possessed people there stooges, or did he unconsciously influence them? Additionally, while Silver's supposed "thought transference" was explained, they never said anything about the "thought photographs" which he produced that Shackleton said had "no scientific explanation." Of course that might have been faked too-we too -- we don't see how though.]]


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* FakeFaithHealer: a fake faith healer named Leonardo is debunked in a scene which closely follows the real-life debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by stage magician and skeptic James Randi.

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* FakeFaithHealer: a A fake faith healer named Leonardo is debunked in a scene which closely follows the real-life debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by stage magician and skeptic James Randi.

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* FakeFaithHealer: a fake faith healer named Leonardo is debunked in a scene which closely follows the real-life debunking of faith healer Peter Popoff by stage magician and skeptic James Randi.

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