Here’s an interesting blog post discussing the portrayal of Nikola Tesla (played by David Bowie, no less!) in the recent feature film, "The Prestige."
Even ths teleportation device that the movie had Tesla build for Hugh Jackman’s character is not a complete fabrication, for he had indeed been working on such a creation …
Near the end of his life, Tesla was fascinated with the idea of light as both a particle and a wave, a fundamental proposition already incorporated into quantum physics. This field of inquiry led to the idea of creating a "wall of light" by manipulating electromagnetic waves in a certain pattern. This mysterious wall of light would enable time, space, gravity and matter to be altered at will, and engendered an array of Tesla proposals that seem to leap straight out of science fiction, including anti-gravity airships, teleportation, and time travel … –
Interesting comments at the end about Edison, etal.