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The Night Circus was a constant delight. Right from the start Erin Morgenstern’s light careful descriptive writing caught me up and held me. Stretching over a thirty year period (the 1870s-early 1900s) this book chronicles the early history of the Le Cirque des Rêves, a travelling circus which opens at nightfall and closes at dawn. The black and white tents appear without warning and disappear just as quietly, travelling freely across Europe and North America. But as enchanting as the circus is, it is only a stage for something even deeper and far more magical. Two magicians have chosen students and bound them into long-running a contest. Prospero, a well-known stage magician, chooses his out-of-wedlock daughter, Celia. The illusive Mr H—- chooses Marco, an unwanted boy from a London orphanage. The magicians take care over their student’s educations but little else, and both students lead lonely, painful childhoods. Celia and Marco grow up under the looming shadow of the competition, yet neither student knows the rules, the ultimate goal of the contest or even the identity of their opponent. As young adults, both begin working for Le Cirque des Rêves, each trying to influence it with their magic. Defying their teachers, Celia and Marco begin instead to collaborate, one from inside the circus and one from outside.

I absolutely fell in love with this book, and started making drawings and letterpress things based on it right away. Under the cut are pictures of three Night Circus projects I did :)


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The first project I did was to print myself some tickets to The Night Circus.

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I printed some in silver ink on black paper, and some in black and others in silver on white paper.

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My next project was a drawing of The Wishing Tree.

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The Wishing Tree is made of twisted metal, and covered in dozens of lit white candles which drip wax like icicles. The above is the finished stage of the drawing and below was a middle stage.

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Next I decided to draw the tag to Widget's tent. This is how it is described in the book: “…a black and white etching of a child in a bed covered in fluffy pillows and a checkered quilt, not in a nursery but under a star-spangled night sky… The opposite side is white with elegant calligraphy in black ink that reads: Bedtime Stories/ Eventide Rhapsodies/ Anthologies of Memory/ Please enter cautiously/ and feel free to open what is closed.”

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More to come :)
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