Okay let me tell you why I loved this movie.
The story was very mysterious, and the way Eisenheim performed magic made me think that his powers were a gift from God.
The movie was also romantic, Eisenheim loved his childhood friend Sophie whom was the daughter of duchess, (I think) Because she was on a higher social status then him they could not be together.
They meet later in life and fall in love all over again.
There is of course the evil prince who tries to spoil everything!
The ending was a bit confusing, because the movie starts with the ending and then the narrator tells the whole in between story...
There are other movies that start like that too. I just can't think of any right now.