SMOKE AND MIRRORS - - Janet Boyer by fjzhangweiyun

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									A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN THE NIGHT CIRCUS (by Erin
Morgenstern, 2011) and SEPARATED AT EARTH: The Story of The
Psychic Twins (by Terry and Linda Jamison, 2007)


A list of descriptive or unusual words and phrases (many are verbatim)
found in the same order and in the same context, outside of the circus genre.


SUBJECT                Pages in Night Circus         pp. in Separated at Earth


Unusual, surreal, “dreamlike” fantasy night circus like nothing anyone had
ever seen before      49, 60, 68, 69, 89, 140, 165, 166     55, 63, 64, 66, 67
(Verbatim quotes below)

The night circus vanished as        89                            63
 suddenly as it appeared
(Verbatim - see exact quotes below)

The night circus “pushed the
boundaries” of what I
dreamed was possible                   44, 74, 147                55, 67

Manipulating marionettes
 from high above the floor             105                        61
 (in a night circus)

Psychic Twins love/explore the
Labyrinth/ maze                        218, 235, 269              28

‘Silver statues’ slowly come to life   186, 350                   67, 68
  in a night circus

Frozen statues come to life,           113, 186, 225, 240,      47, 48, 67, 68
 with the subtlest of precision        271, 357
 motions, in a night circus
Similarities of twins              Night Circus             Separated at Earth

Twins were performers
 in their night circus             95, 194, 235               15, 162

Twins who are identical            95                         15, 100, 162

Birth of psychic twins             95                         13, 14

Baby twins were like a strange omen 95                      29

Twins have psychic gifts to        195-196, 197, 199, 381     8, 9, 10, 11, 38,
 predict future events/ see                                   107, 110, 111, 118,
 past events                                                  146, 91, 100, 176

Psychic twins can know
  past lives of another person     125, 199, 379, 381         38, 108, 110

Twins give psychic readings        241, 380                   79, 90, 100, 106, 110

Psychic twins predicted a huge      326, 327                  5, 8
  explosion/ fire and try to prevent it

Twins had bright red hair          95, 127, 192, 372,         47
Twins wore red hair in an ‘updo’   372                        47

Psychic twins are very good at
  drawing as children              241                        21 (2 references), 22

Psychic twins draw pictures with chalk
 on chalkboards                   241                         21

Sisters had same odd jobs          58                         79, 80, 101

Twins have highly developed skills of
 observation/ perception           58

Look-alike sisters were “consultants”
 on any matter/ gave advice/        58                        83, 118, 127
enjoyed resolving other people’s issues

The young psychic twins are voracious readers
 of histories and novels          25, 171                     31

Psychic twins had nicknames as
 children                          96                         15, 16

Twins receive identical gifts      95, 96, 227                16

Twins get severe headaches         198, 199            39, 72, 74, 78, 83, 102, 142

Twins are from an unconventional/
 eccentric household             125                          167

One twin is more outgoing
 and talkative                     134                        55

Psychic twins and identical sisters
taking over a business              316, 359, 373             138, 141

Psychic twins talk about
 ‘enlightenment’                   380                        2, 78, 98, 147


Twins who were psychic as children 195-6, 197, 199, 381       38, 108, 110, 118

Psychic twins who believed
‘the impossible is possible’       84, 147, 152, 197, 202,
                                   355, 371                  1, 60, 73, 85, 166, 167


Psychic twins separating and coming 344             165 – also title and main theme
back together




OTHER REFERENCES (not specific to a circus or twins)

Burning letters in a ritual              63                            114

Hanged man                               105                           127

Handwriting juxtaposed
 with an angelic drawing                  31                           38

Order and chaos in same sentence          99, 251                      87
A woman transforming herself          155                   48

Verbatim: “Suddenly envisioning       37, 40                82
  a clear picture in her mind”

“Secret-keeping smile”                211, 219              29

Reflections and distortions           163                   110

Walls mirrored                        163                   131

Words written across paper            63, 240               109

Verbatim: Handwritten words and writing on walls/ sentence “fragments”
 poetry covering the wall           259 (2 references)        4, 148

Verbatim: curly hair piled             57, 71, 285          125
 atop her head (see below for the sentences page 5)

“Planetary alignment” and “time” in            183          7
  same sentence

Verbatim: “hand embroidered”          57, 273               18
 flowers, blossoms, vines

Verbatim: “White chocolate” and       110, 228              63
 “fluid movement”

Verbatim: Out of touch with           344                   59, 104
 emotions or feelings

Icy wonderland/ ice garden/ ice covered
  branches                            359                   20

“Never told anyone this story.”       260                   59

Reference to faking a death           261                   150, 151

Adjusting to life without a sister    185                   42
Verbatim: “Willing to sacrifice”           301                         76

Table covered in bowls and jars           237                          13

A “bridge to spirit/ lost loved ones”      38                          110

Black and white paintings                  68                           54

Black and white theme              47, 68, 76, 84, 95, 166,
                                   167, 171, 272, 273, 376        22, 36, 54

“Black and white gown”                     76, 77, 124, 240                    36

Verbatim: “making commissioned, special custom work” 68                         23
(See exact quotes below)



VERBATIM QUOTES (COMPARISON)

NOTE: “NC” refers to The Night Circus, “SAE” refers to Separated at
Earth: The Story of The Psychic Twins


Twins in both books explore / play in the Labyrinth

p. 235 in NC: (the twins explore the Labyrinth)
Bailey spends much of the early part of this evening with Poppet and Widget exploring the
Labyrinth.

p. 28 in SAE: Reference to “Labyrinth game” and “maze” in SAE – this is a theme
in both books.

Linda speaks
As kids, Terry and I used to obsess over games. It was as if
we were being guided at an early age to master intensely
focused activities. Every moment we had to be challenging
ourselves in some way to improve our mental or physical skills.

We had a Magic 8 Ball that we would consult about the future
for hours on end.
…As little girls of about eight years old, we became fascinated
with a clever game called “The Labyrinth.” It was just a small
wooden box, the top of which was a wooden board that could
tilt in various directions with the use of little knobs on each
side. On the tilting board were many intersecting wooden pieces
that formed a maze. The object of the game was to maneuver a
little metal ball around the maze, while avoiding the several
dozen holes where the ball could fall in. We practiced this
game for hours and hours at a time, finally both mastering it to
the point where almost every time we could get from beginning
to end in about three minutes without ever once losing the ball.
This game trained our focus and revealed our tendency toward
obsessive compulsive behaviors. It also would come to be
somewhat of a metaphor for our life struggle, which is very like
a labyrinth, a maze where we have been challenged to negotiate
one trial after another.

References to twins exploring a Labyrinth and maze in NC:

p. 269 in NC
“Remember the night we were in the Labyrinth? When we got stuck…”
“I’ve never been stuck anywhere in the Labyrinth before. Never.”

**Note, this is the exact same use of the word in both books – mastering the
Labyrinth game so that the Jamison Twins would get all the way to the end without
getting stuck in it and losing the ball. Morgenstern makes many references to board
games in her book.

Chapter title “LABYRINTH” p. 190 in NC (how many labyrinths have you seen in a
circus?)

p. 218 in NC:
“I adore the Labyrinth…”

p. 235 in NC: (the twins explore the Labyrinth)
Bailey spends much of the early part of this evening with Poppet and Widget exploring
the Labyrinth. A dizzying network of chambers, interspersed with hallways containing
mismatched doors.

p. 269 in NC
“Remember the night we were in the Labyrinth? When we got stuck…”
Living statues (statues come to life) theme

1st reference in SAE, p. 46 – Chapter Six title is “Living Dolls.” Morgenstern also references
dolls and living statues many times in The Night Circus (see page 8 of document).

pp. 47- 48 in SAE:

Because I would stand very still waiting for
customers, several people walked by and would stop dead in
their tracks.
“Oh, my God! I thought that was a mannequin!” they
exclaimed. This happened so frequently that I decided if they
wanted a mannequin, I would give them one. I froze in place,
hands poised, eyes unblinking, glazed. No one paid me any
attention, as I was just a mannequin.
Then I moved ever so slightly, a turn of the wrist, a slow pivot
of the neck on its axis, then I would freeze again for several
minutes. People stopped, mesmerized. …

But I did not move a muscle, perched on
my four-inch stiletto heels. Occasionally an unsuspecting
shopper would walk by only to become a victim of my ruse…


p. 47 in SAE
I decided to submit myself as a piece of kinetic sculpture.

  The woman looked up from her disheveled desk, piled high
with papers, scheduling books and smaller pieces of art. “Yes?”
she asked absent-mindedly, not even hanging up the phone.
  “I came to submit my piece of art,” I said.
  “Where is it?”
  “I’m it,” I said smiling.

Carefully, deliberately, I took my place in front of her and did
my slow-motion transformation from human to mannequin. I
proceeded to hold a pose for a minute, then do measured
mechanical movements as if motorized. It was an eerie, otherworldly
effect with the extreme makeup.
   While I moved and blinked in mechanical slow-motion…

p. 68 in SAE
We looked like extraterrestrials, and the
silver body paint created the illusion that our bodies were made
of molded steel. Over the previous few years, we had perfected
our precision robotic movements to such an extent that
onlookers actually searched for our motors.

Night Circus living statues references:

p. 15 (1st reference to living statues in NC)

“Please show this man what you can do, just like in your lessons.”
…The girl nods gravely and shifts her attention to the watch, her hands clasped behind her back.
After a moment, the watch begins to rotate slowly, turning in circles on the surface of the
table…

p. 113 (2nd reference to living statues in NC)
  Outside, though it was not there before, is another raised platform, much like the one the
contortionist stood on. But the figure on this platform does not move. Bailey almost thinks it
is a statue, dressed in a white gown edged in matching fur that cascades beyond the platform to
the ground…But she moves. Very, very slowly. So slowly that Bailey cannot pinpoint exact
motions, only slight changes.

  Bailey walks around, looking at her from every angle. Her eyes follow him, though the snow-
flecked lashes do not blink.

p. 186 (3rd reference to living statues in NC – notice the reference to sisters having
originated the idea)
It was the Burgess sisters after all, who originated the tradition of such statues within the
circus. Performers standing stock-still with elaborate costumes and painted skin on
platforms set up in precarious spaces between tents. If watched for hours, they sometimes
changed position entirely, but the motion will be agonizingly slow, to the point that many
observers insist that they are cleverly crafted automatons and not proper people. (Note: The
Jamison Twins used the word ‘androids’ and ‘the original fem-bots’ in their book)

p. 240 (4th reference to living statues in NC)

The statue is still but her hand is held out…The movement is so subtle that it is almost
undetectable but slowly, very, very slowly, the statue reaches to accept the rose.

p. 357 (5th reference to living statues, ‘suspended’ and ‘frozen in place’ - in NC)

He walks into a party. A celebration that has been frozen in place, suspended the same way the
paper birds had been in the air.
  There are dozens of performers throughout the tent, bathed with light from glowing round
lamps…
And each figure is perfectly still. So motionless that it seems they are not even breathing.
Like statues…
 “The entirety of the circus has been suspended to give us more time, so…”
Compare with p. 47 of SAE:

I froze in place,
hands poised, eyes unblinking, glazed. No one paid me any
attention, as I was just a mannequin. Then I moved ever so slightly, a turn of the
wrist, a slow pivot of the neck on its axis, then I would freeze again for several
minutes. People stopped, mesmerized. …
But I did not move a muscle, perched on my four-inch stiletto heels.

p. 225 (6th reference to living statues in NC)
Standing on the platform in the midst of the crowd, high enough that they can be viewed clearly
from all angles, are two figures, still as statues…
They stand entwined but not touching…lips frozen in the moment…
Though you watch them for some time they do not move. No stirring of fingertips or eyelashes.
No indication that they are even breathing.
  “They cannot be real,” someone nearby remarks.
  Many patrons only glance at them before moving on, but the longer you watch, the more you
can detect the subtlest of motions.

p. 27 in NC:
His movements are more precise.

p. 47 in SAE: (reference to one of the Jamison Twins as a living statue)
 “I froze in place, hands poised, eyes unblinking, glazed. No one paid me any attention, as I
was just a mannequin.
Then I moved ever so slightly, a turn of the wrist, a slow pivot of the neck on its axis, then I
would freeze again for several minutes. People stopped, mesmerized. “George, did you see
that mannequin move?” As my amused coworkers looked on, a crowd slowly gathered.

p. 271 in NC - same concept with slight re-wording:

She stands in the middle of the lobby, going unnoticed by the staff and guests that pass her
on their way to other locations… After she has stood for more than an hour, as still as one of the
circus statues…”

p. 357 in NC:

He walks into a party. A celebration that has been frozen in place, suspended…
And each figure is perfectly still. So motionless that it seems they are not even breathing.
Like statues.


*Note: The Jamison Twins reference “Hotels” in their book because that is where they mainly
performed. The Night Circus uses this idea too. Both books reference the same exact cities and
countries: New York, London, Paris and Egypt, Italy, Australia, China and Japan.
Reference to “batted eyelashes”
p. 47-48 in SAE
I batted my eyelashes

p. 189 in NC
She does not even bat an eyelash.


p. 68 in SAE
We looked like extraterrestrials, and the
silver body paint created the illusion that our bodies were made
of molded steel. Over the previous few years, we had perfected
our precision robotic movements to such an extent that
onlookers actually searched for our motors…

p. 67 in SAE
We wound up as the only female performers in the International
Menswear Show in Earl’s Court, London! The year was 1980
For two weeks, every single day, we painted our bodies
completely from head to toe with silver aluminum body paint…

*Note, Morgenstern refers to “silver statues” as well in NC:
p. 350 Silver statues with unseeing eyes.

p. 9 in NC
The girl does not move, does not fidget in her seat. She stays perfectly still…her gaze is
fixed…

p. 47 in SAE – reference to slow pivot
Then, I moved ever so slightly, a turn of the wrist, a slow pivot of the neck on its axis,
then I would freeze again…

p. 113 in NC – reference to slow pivot
The illusionist takes a bow with a pivoting turn.

p. 73 in NC
She stands perfectly still in the center of the stage…

p. 240 in NC– another reference to living statues
As he turned a corner, he encounters a raised platform with a statue-still occupant, but
this one is different than the snow-covered woman he had seen before…
  The statue herself is still, but her hand is held out, and only then does Bailey notice the
young woman with a red scarf standing in front of her, offering the love letter-clad statue
a single crimson rose. (note: we tell the story of a love letter in Separated at Earth)
  The movement is so subtle that it is almost undetectable, but slowly, very, very
slowly, the statue reaches to accept the rose…
  The statue is lifting the rose, gradually, to her face. Her eyelids slowly close.



Reference to game as a metaphor for life

p. 28 in SAE
As kids, we became fascinated with a clever game called “The Labyrinth.”
… It also would come to be somewhat of a metaphor for our life struggle, which
is very like a labyrinth, a maze where we have been challenged to negotiate
one trial after another.

On the tilting board were many intersecting wooden pieces
that formed a maze. The object of the game was to maneuver a
little metal ball around the maze…
We practiced this game for hours and hours at a time, finally both mastering
it…
(NOTE: This is exactly what the protagonists in Night Circus do with magic)


p. 211 in NC
“This is the game room…
Gaming is more theme than function…

p. 256 in NC
“We are all involved in your game.”

p. 306 in NC
“You carry your chessboard with you. Everything that has happened with the
circus…has been part of the game.”

p. 346 in NC
“You carry the circus within yourself.”



Reference to “arguing about art”

p. 40 and 41 in SAE
Mike shared my obsession for painting, and we talked for hours about art:
classical art, modern art, minimalist art, conceptual art. We argued about it, gushed
over it, analyzed it.
p. 156 in NC
…a mostly bohemian crowd sipping absinthe and arguing about art.



References to ‘Order and Chaos’ in same sentence

p. 87 in SAE
…describes perfectionism as “having extreme need for external order
to cover internal chaos.”


p. 99 in NC
…she is quickly swept up in the somewhat ordered chaos…

p. 251 in NC
“…all but hidden in the meticulously ordered chaos…




References to a form of theatre that ‘no one had ever seen before’
(a pivotal theme in both books)

p. 55 in SAE
Linda talks about pushing the boundaries of what theater can be:
… I dreamed of creating a new form of theater that no one had ever seen
before, involving performance art, music and costume, as these were things
that sparked my imagination.

p. 63 in SAE
No one has seen anything like this before.


p. 49 in NC
It was like nothing he had ever seen.

 p. 60 in NC
 “More than a carnival…more than a circus, really, like no circus anyone has ever
seen… Theatrics sans theater…We will destroy the presumptions and preconceived
notions of what a circus is and make it something else entirely, something new.”

p. 140 in NC
“A strange circus has appeared overnite…Never seen anything like it.”
p. 165 in NC
Bailey has never seen anything like it.



Reference to: ‘The circus vanishes as suddenly as it appeared’
p. 63 in SAE:
“Then, as suddenly as we appeared, we were gone.” (talking about the Jamison
Twins’ fantasy night circus)

 Almost verbatim from NC, p. 89:
“Then the circus was gone, vanished as suddenly as it had appeared, like a fleeting
dream.”

Other references to “mysteriously vanished”
p. 149 in SAE
The longtime boyfriend of famous singer Olivia
Newton-John had mysteriously vanished June 30, 2005 without a trace.

p. 159 in SAE
and just as quickly vanished.



REFERENCES TO TWINS (many similarities in both books)

Reference to the birth of twins

In SAE, p. 13:
Our lives began as an egg that split.

p. 14 in SAE:
Years after our birth, our mother told us that she knew she
was going to have either twins... or an elephant. We were two
weeks late, due on New Year’s Day. Labor had to be induced
on January 12th. Terry came out first, screaming, while Linda
took a half-hour break, relishing her time alone in the womb. It
was as if she sensed the nightmare that lay ahead, and needed
the brief respite. Each twin weighed in at a nearly seven
pounds, an even fourteen together.

p. 29 in SAE: We were like a strange omen.
(Note: Morgenstern talks in detail about the birth of the Murray twins, born on the
opening night of The Night Circus, like an omen)

p. 95 in NC
She is expecting twins.



Twins in both books had ‘red hair styled in upswept up-do’
p. 47 in SAE
I pulled my curly red hair
in a severe kind of Parisian punk up-do,

p. 372 in NC
…looking Poppet [one of the twins] over from her boots to her upswept red hair.
And there were two of you.”

p. 95 in NC
each with…bright red hair. (to indicate how identical they were)

p. 192 in NC
(Poppet) has taken off her hat, her red hair falling in waves…



References to twins in both books being performers

p. 162 in SAE
We know that in our work as artists,
performers and psychics,

p. 15 in SAE
Linda and I could sing anything in perfect harmony, and we
often sang for our family…


p. 95 of NC
…He had thought up various roles in the circus for identical twins to perform…
(Note: The Jamisons write about how they were performing at an early age also)


Reference to the twins having ‘nicknames’ as children
p. 15 in SAE
Known collectively as “The Twins” to relatives and classmates, we were never
able to develop confidence as unique, independently functioning
human beings. At home, we both answered to the generic name
“Sissy” because our family wanted to avoid the unpleasant task
of making a distinction between the two of us or avoid possibly
mistaking one of us for the other…our
little pet name seemed quite natural in view of the fact that we
were exactly alike in looks, speech, clothing and manner.

p. 16 in SAE
Everyone sarcastically called us “The Happiness Twins,”
because we looked anything but happy.

p. 96 in NC
No one recalls afterward exactly who it was that dubbed them Poppet and Widget.
But the nicknames stick, as nicknames do.



Reference to the twins receiving ‘identical gifts or presents’

p. 16 in SAE
We played with the same friends at
the same time, received identical presents…

p. 96 in NC
It was delivered as a gift for the twins.

p. 227 in NC
As a gift, Chandresh gives them [the twins]… identical kittens…

p. 95 in NC
the delivery of two enormous bouquets of red roses…
(for the twins at their birth)




References to twins getting headaches
(Note: Headaches were the biggest illness and an important theme in the Jamisons’ book,
and the only illness that Morgenstern’s twins have).

p. 39 in SAE
Shortly after, my headaches started. They were small ones at first, but they
came every day. These led quickly to full-blown migraines. By the
time I attended art school, the one-two punch of depression and
migraines had become my nemesis.

p. 72 in SAE
Over the course of several decades, we were correctly
diagnosed with migraine headaches

p. 83 in SAE
Meanwhile, we both were struggling with migraines, and they
were getting worse. Terry’s headaches would last up to three
months at a time, and she ended up in the hospital. Doctors said
she nearly had a stroke. Medications failed to bring us any relief
from the pain and fatigue. Terry would tell me how she would
emerge from a migraine episode feeling an extraordinary sense
of clarity. She would be able to continue with her psychic work,
even demonstrating her psychic abilities on national television,
in spite of having the most incredible migraine headaches.


p. 102 in SAE
Terry, of course, was developing a throbbing migraine headache.
Sylvia Browne bustled into the room with her husband...
…We laughed and Terry owned up
that the headache was hers.

p. 142 in SAE
But the only result was Linda got a really bad headache…

p. 199 in NC
“The stars… have been giving me headaches.” (One of the twins, Poppet, says this)

p. 199 in NC
“Maybe that’s why Poppet got a headache.”



Reference to the twin sisters being from an unconventional household/
family
(this is not verbatim but shows yet another similarity between the twins in
both books)

p. 167 in SAE
In fact, every member of our small and
eccentric family are artists, writers, or painters.

p. 125 in NC
[the Murray twins are] children in a rather unconventional household.




References to twins being able to see/predict the future and past (shows
similarities of twins in both books)


The Jamison Twins’ entire book is about this. They are known as The Psychic Twins,
who have devoted 25 years to predicting future events, and describing individuals’ past
lives.


p. 100 in SAE
“Yes,” Linda responded. “We’re clairvoyant and we predict the
future using automatic writing.”

p. 31 in SAE
She (Linda) was fascinated by the future

p. 28 in SAE
We had a Magic 8 Ball that we would consult about the future
for hours on end.

p. 91 in SAE
We practiced predicting for friends on many topics…Soon, people were calling
from all over the country for our predictions, which more often than not came to
pass.

p. 95 in SAE
“Everything you predicted came true, even the fact that my
husband was cheating on me! Of course, I divorced him.”

p. 197 in NC:
“Poppet sees things that actually happen.”

pp. 195-96 in NC (Poppet and Widget are twins):
“Hmmmm…” Poppet says… “It’s not easy to explain,” she starts. “I see things before
they happen…I saw you coming before you got there…when I saw you I knew what
your name was…”

“So you see everything before it happens?” Bailey asks.

p. 381 in NC:
“Your sister (Poppet) may be able to see the future…


p. 58 in NC:
Their secret…is their highly developed skill of observation. They see every detail…


p. 381 in NC, Widget (one of the twins) says:
“I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narratives.”

(same page) “Your sister [Poppet] may be able to see the future…


References to psychic twins who can know things about past lives of
another person:
p. 125 in NC
“Do you often see things in the stars?” she asks.
“Only sometimes,” Poppet says. “Widge sees things on people.”
“What kind of things?” Celia asks.
“Places they’ve been,” he says. “Stuff they’ve done.”

p. 108 in SAE:
Automatic writing is a vehicle by which we bring in specific
messages or information about the past lives or future of an
individual.

p. 38 in SAE:
part of our current
work involves channeling specific past lives and their influence
on an individual’s present life and purpose.

p. 110 in SAE:
When we do readings, we receive specific messages, names,
dates, times, descriptions and information about past lives,
present, and future.


 p. 199 in NC:
“Widge (one of the twins) can see the past.”

p. 379 in NC:
Widget [one of the twins] says: “He let me read him. I see people’s pasts, sometimes
in great detail…”
Reference to the twins giving ‘psychic readings’
p. 79 in SAE
We (The Psychic Twins) started doing our psychic readings…

p. 90 in SAE
“Your (twin) sister just gave me a reading about a relationship

p. 91 in SAE
We practiced predicting for friends on many topics…

p. 100 in SAE
we began doing some readings for friends…

p. 106 in SAE
One woman, a reputable author, came to us for a reading.

p. 110 in SAE
When we do readings, we receive specific messages, names,
dates, times, descriptions and information about past lives,
present, and future.

p. 241 in NC
“Widge said she wanted to practice reading people…”

p. 380 in NC
“You are quite perceptive,” he says (to one of the twins).



Reference to the twins being very good at drawing as children (Note:
psychics are not known for being good at drawing or art. This shows how
similar the twins are in both books)

p. 21 in SAE
We played together, sitting for hours cross-legged in front of
a chalkboard, making detailed drawings of the interiors of
spaceships, of all things. At age four and five, we would use
white chalk to draw the controls in painstaking detail, covering
every inch of chalkboard.

p. 21 in SAE
Most days we would sit side by side at our little crafts table, happily drawing,
cutting, sewing, pasting.
p. 22 in SAE
As little girls, we created elaborate drawings on
the Etch-a-Sketch, and we could draw anything easily


p. 241 in NC:
“Widge will write out little stories, but draws things too. She’s very good at it.”



Reference to one of the sisters being more outgoing / talkative

p. 55 in SAE
Linda was the more outgoing twin. (Terry was the quieter twin)

p.134 in NC
Lainie is more talkative than Tara.


REFERENCES TO TWINS PREDICTING FUTURE EVENTS / SEEING PAST

In SAE - many references to the twins having psychic abilities as children and as
adults: pp. 8, 9, 10, 11, 38, 100, 107, 110, 11, 118, 146
Below are some of these examples:

p. 107 SAE:
Every psychic person works differently, in his or her own
way. Some use psychometry (the ability to receive impressions
by touching objects related to someone), others use tarot cards
or runes, some interpret dreams, others choose not to use tools
of any particular kind. Very few psychics use the technique of
automatic writing, and we have developed our own method into
a virtual science. We are all interpreting messages or
impressions at a subliminal level. Unlike other psychics who
occasionally receive “a bolt from the blue” about a future
occurrence, the sensations we are interpreting are often much
more subtle and impressionistic than this. For us, we are
reliably psychic for anyone, anywhere, anytime. (Note: Morgenstern
refers to this subtle impressionistic process in NC also)
Diligent practice is the only way to learn to discern between one’s subconscious
feelings and information coming from another source.

P. 38 in SAE:
…Perhaps the words and images were prophetic, an omen…
p. 38 in SAE:
part of our current work involves channeling specific past lives and their
influence on an individual’s present life and purpose.

p. 100 in SAE:
Linda assured her that we were in fact identical
twins, the only psychic twins in the world. We have
neither heard of, nor have we met other identical twins who
work as we do. “Are you really psychic?” Lori challenged.
“Yes,” Linda responded. “We’re clairvoyant and we predict the
future using automatic writing.” “Can you do a reading for me
right now?” Lori asked. “Sure,” Linda answered, swallowing
hard. “You have ear infections... and a serious stomach illness.”

p. 110 in SAE:
When we do readings, we receive specific messages, names,
dates, times, descriptions and information about past lives,
present, and future. We get a lot of numbers which we interpret
as days, months, or years.

p. 111 in SAE:
While many twins are known to have heightened
intuition with each other, we can reliably predict the future for
other people.

p. 118 in SAE:
“… if we could train ourselves to see auras, futures unformed, pasts lingering?”

p. 146 SAE:
As psychic twins, you and Terry have a high resonance
together which enables you both to receive information from the
fourth and fifth dimensional planes

p. 158 in SAE:
…explained that our illnesses were connected to past lives…


References to the twins’ psychic ability (as children) in Night Circus

P. 195-96 in NC (Poppet and Widget are twins):
“Hmmmm…” Poppet says… “It’s not easy to explain,” she starts. “I see things before
they happen…I saw you coming before you got there…when I saw you I knew what
your name was…”
“So you see everything before it happens?” Bailey asks.
p. 197 in NC:
“Poppet sees things that actually happen.”

p. 199 in NC:
“Widge can see the past.”

p. 58 in NC:
Their secret (The Burgess twins)…is their highly developed skill of observation. They
see every detail…

p. 381 in NC, Widget (one of the twins) says:
“I take pieces of the past that I see and I combine them into narratives.”

(same page) “Your sister [Poppet] may be able to see the future, but you yourself can
shape it, boy…

Note: Precognition is a chapter title in Night Circus.



Reference to sisters “offering advice on many subjects”/ resolving issues
p. 83 in SAE
clients respected us for that. They often called us for
advice about their startup business or invention.

p. 127 in SAE
Conner Berkeley (we have changed his name) had come to
see us for a consultation several years before, and many times
after that.


p. 58 in NC
The Burgess sisters have, of late, made something of a business of consulting. On
any matter. They offer advice on subjects ranging from relationships and finance to
travel and shoes…They see every detail, notice the tiniest nuances…They find they
enjoy resolving other people’s issues…



References to psychic twins ‘drawing detailed pictures with chalk on
blackboards’

Reference to drawing with chalk on blackboards in SAE:
p. 21
We played together, sitting for hours cross-legged in front of
a chalkboard, making detailed drawings of the interiors of
spaceships, of all things. At age four and five, we would use
white chalk to draw the controls in painstaking detail, covering
every inch of chalkboard.

p. 241 in NC
…with detailed illustrations on them…

Another reference to a twin drawing with chalk on chalkboard in NC
p. 241 in NC:
It’s a tent made up of blank black walls with buckets full of chalk so you can draw
everywhere. Some people only sign their names but others draw pictures.
Sometimes Widge [one of the twins] will write out little stories, but…draws things,
too…


References to the young psychic twins being voracious ‘readers of
histories and novels’

p. 31 In SAE
We were precocious readers. As young children we loved to
read The Nancy Drew adventures and mysteries by Agatha
Christie. In our early teens we read books like The Female
Eunuch by Germaine Greer, The Greening of America by
Charles Reich, and Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov.

p. 171 In NC
the (psychic) twins…reading every book they can get their hands on, piles of them.

p. 25 in NC
The boy spends most of his time reading. And writing, of course.
He writes out words and symbols he does not understand at first… He reads
histories and mythologies and novels.




Reference to ‘manipulating marionettes high above the floor’

p. 61 in SAE
Erroll Manoff, the famous South African puppeteer on six-foot-high stilts, expertly
manipulated marionette puppets from high above the floor.

p. 105 in NC
In this tent, suspended high above you… There are girls suspended by ribbons that they
can manipulate. Marionettes that control their own strings.




Reference to a ‘secret keeping smile’
p. 29 in SAE
and had very kind eyes that were always smiling, as if he knew a secret.

Note: Morgenstern refers to this exact smile in the following quotes:
p. 219 in NC
…that alluring, secret-keeping smile has returned.

And p. 211 in NC
“You smile as though you have a secret.”




Reference to a ‘a series of events’
We have chapter title “A Series of Unfortunate Events” on p. 52 of SAE.

Reference in NC:
“Poppet mentioned you as part of the series of events that occurred earlier…”



References to “Reflections and Distortion” in same sentence

p. 110 in SAE
who are often reading a reflection of the Akasha, and
thereby receiving a distortion…


p. 163 in NC
Chapter title ‘Reflections and Distortions’




Reference to “Walls mirrored” – same order and meaning:

p. 131 in SAE
As we waited in line to board, we took in the majestic ship, its walls…mirrored in the
bluest of blue water.

p. 163 in NC
The walls here are completely mirrored, each long mirror placed to align with the
striped ceiling…




HANDWRITING/ SCRIPT/ AUTOMATIC WRITING AS THEME

References to ‘hands across the paper’ – ‘words across the paper’
p. 109 in SAE
and we start writing... Our hands move across the paper
without our conscious direction,

p. 63 in NC
The handwritten words across the paper read…

p. 240 in NC
…the black marks are actually words written across the fabric…




Automatic writing on walls, poetry covering the wall…
(notice references to poetry ‘fragments’ in examples) – same exact
meaning and unusual reference:
p. 148 in SAE
Doug was admiring Linda’s
automatic writing, and suddenly said, “Can you do this on a
large scale, say… six feet tall?” Linda assured him that she
could. She told him that for a long time she had dreamed of
producing her automatic writing as a large-scale artwork.
project…
She wrote a channeled poem from Melissa’s spirit guides, and painstakingly
transferred it to the large board, with Terry assisting. The final
piece was covered with a thick sheet of plexiglass …and was mounted on the wall in
Melissa’s “psychic parlor.”


p. 259 in NC
Words appear over the walls, typeset letters overlapping handwritten text. Celia can
make out snatches of sonnets…and fragments…as the poetry fills the tent.
It covers the walls and the ceiling and spreads out over the floor.


p. 4 in SAE
Through accessing the Akashic Records, sometimes sentence fragments
came through…

p. 259 in NC (re poetry/sentence fragments in writing on the walls)
snatches of sonnets and fragments of hymns…as the poetry fills the tent.
…bits of verse



Reference to taking over a business (circus/ clients)

p. 138 in SAE
“I want you to take over my clients,” she announced.
You are the ones who are supposed to help me.”

p. 359 in NC
“We need your help with something,” Celia continues…
“We need you to take over the circus.”

p. 141 in SAE
This deal of taking over her business was
not at all appealing to us;

p. 373 in NC
“I would like you to sign over ownership of the circus.”



The Hanged Man reference in both books:
p. 127 in SAE
He hanged himself in his apartment that fateful August night.
Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide…

p. 105 in NC – Chapter title “The Hanged Man” and many references to suicides
throughout her book.



Reference to Handwriting juxtaposed with an angelic drawing
p. 38 in SAE:
In seventh grade, Linda scribbled on a little white pad of
paper… she found herself writing the words “Palingenesis Symposium” and
drew a little Angel’s face in pre-Raphaelite style next to the words.

Exactly the same concept described in Night Circus:

p. 31 in NC
He can now see that it is, indeed, his own journal, open to a page with a card pasted
onto it, printed with winged creatures…His handwriting covers the card and the
paper around it…



‘Fish in a bowl’ reference:
p. 13 in SAE:
We take turns throwing ping-pong balls into tiny
glass fishbowls, and lo and behold, Linda has won a bright
orange goldfish! Our first pet! She is clutching the baggie full
of water and fish

p. 188 in NC:
“We are fish in a bowl, dear…”


Reference to ‘curls piled on top of her head’

p. 125 in SAE
“With dark red curls piled on top of her head

p. 57 in NC
her silver hair is piled atop her head…

p. 71 in NC
A pile of brown curls is pinned neatly upon her head…

p. 285 in NC
her hair piled on her head in a spiky mess of pin curls


Twins in both books had ‘red hair styled in upswept “up-do”
p. 47 in SAE
I pulled my curly red hair
in a severe kind of Parisian punk up-do, wore false eyelashes,

p. 95 in NC
each with…bright red hair. (to indicate how identical they were)

p. 372 in NC
…looking Poppet (the twin) over from her boots to her upswept red hair. And there
were two of you.”


Reference to ‘planetary alignment’ and ‘time’ in same sentence

p. 7 in SAE
She had detected an unusual planetary alignment, known as a
“harmonic convergence,” that would occur during that time period.

p. 183 in NC
The hands glide to indicate the proper time, the planetary alignments set
themselves in order.


Reference to ‘hand embroidered’ flowers, blossoms, vines

p. 18 in SAE
Our grandmother Daisy taught us how to sew and hand embroider elaborate
flowers…

p. 57 in NC
Mme. Padva wears a dress of black silk, hand embroidered with intricate patterns of
cherry blossoms…

p. 273 in NC
…its edges embroidered with looping…vines.


Verbatim Reference to ‘white chocolate’ and ‘fluid movement’

p. 63 in SAE
Doug Elkins was our hip-hop boy, nicknamed “White
Chocolate” because he was a white guy with the talent of a
black street hip-hop dancer. Fluid, almost boneless when he
moved.

p. 228 in NC
…and strawberries coated in…patterns of dark and white chocolate.
p. 110 in NC
…extending her limbs in fluid, dance-like motions.



References to ‘painted skin/ silver body paint/ silver statues’

p. 186 in NC:
Performers standing stock-still with…painted skin

p. 350 in NC:
Silver statues with unseeing eyes.

p. 67 in SAE
we painted our bodies completely from head to toe with silver aluminum body
paint

p. 68 in SAE:
We looked like extraterrestrials, and the
silver body paint created the illusion that our bodies were made
of molded steel.


References to being ‘out of touch with emotions, feelings”
p. 59 in SAE
The deep repression of feelings around the rape
undoubtedly contributed to my illness in the years to follow. So
out of touch was I with the rage and the shame that I became
somewhat driven in my career.

p. 104 in SAE
Often someone is quite cut off, or emotionally blocked, and
out of touch with his or her feelings.

p. 344 in NC
They are too old, too out of touch with their emotions.



Icy Wonderland
p. 20 in SAE
When the ice covered every branch of every tree,
the whole town was transformed to a magical icy wonderland
and there was no sight more beautiful.

p. 359 in NC (referring to the Ice Garden)
The branches…are covered with dripping white candles, translucent layers of wax
frosting over the bark.

References to “making commissioned” and “special custom work” in two consecutive
sentences

p. 23 in SAE
…Dad and Mom had a small business designing and making custom-made lampshades that
were very special. Our parents were actually commissioned to illustrate people’s homes in
pen and ink and watercolor on the shades, and punched holes in the little windowpanes so it
looked like lights were on inside. We thought they were beautiful and very clever.

p. 68 in NC
…as to whether Herr Thiessen would be interested in making a special commissioned piece.
Herr Thiessen has a constant stream of custom work…


Reference to the five ‘senses’

p. 170 in SAE
how we are moving from five-sensory
beings (using five senses) to multi-sensory beings,

p. 134 in NC
“We like to hit all the senses,” Lainie says.



Reference to “Won’t listen”

p. 105 in SAE
There are those who won’t listen or take any advice…

p. 380 in NC
“…and what’s worse is that none of them would listen…



Reference to ‘never told anyone this story’

p. 59 in SAE
I never told anyone the story.

p. 260 in NC
She has never told anyone this story.




Reference to ‘fake a death / funeral”

p. 150 in SAE
“We don’t sense death energy here,” Terry concurred.
“We feel that he faked his own disappearance.

p. 151 in SAE
recent evidence suggested he may have faked his death…

p. 261 in NC
“Left me with a lot of questions… and a funeral to fake.”



Reference to adjusting to life without a sister

p. 42 in SAE
Adjusting to life without a twin was a real challenge.

p. 185 in NC
(Lainie Burgess speaks about her sister Tara, who has died):
“I am annoyed that my Tara has left me…alone. I do not see as well without her. I
do not hear as well without her. I do not feel as well without her. I would be
better off without a hand or a leg than without my sister…We have all lost our
Tara, but I have lost a part of myself as well.”



Reference to ‘willing to sacrifice’


p. 76 of SAE
“I understood his frustration and pain and his willingness to sacrifice his
well-being to achieve something.”

p. 301 in NC
“You are willing to sacrifice me for this,” she says quietly…
Reference to ‘too many ruffles’

p. 36 in SAE
like the other girls with their J.C. Penney pastels and too many ruffles.

p. 267 in NC
Her skirt too ruffled for everyday wear;



Reference to burning letters in a ritual

p. 114 in SAE
…through a ritual such as burning letters or photographs that are
holding us to the past.

p. 63 in NC
Celia places the crushed missives (letters) on her open palm… concentrating
until they burst into flame…



Reference to ‘transforming’ and ‘transformation’ of oneself


p. 48 in SAE (Linda’s ‘living mannequin’ story)
I took my place in front of her and
did my slow-motion transformation from human to mannequin.

p. 155 in NC
… it is a subtle transformation she is performing herself.



Reference to ‘suddenly envisioning a clear picture in her mind”

p. 82 in SAE
Immediately I envisioned a very clear picture of an armadillo.

p. 37 in NC
And then a clear image of a card springs suddenly into her mind.
p. 40 in NC
“Think of something…that I cannot possibly know about.”
“It’s a ring,” Marco says after a moment, picking the image out of her mind as easily as if she
had drawn him a picture.




Reference to a table covered in bowls and jars

p. 13 in SAE
tiny glass bowls…Sitting on the table…
is a large glass jar filled to the brim with jellybeans.

p. 237 in NC
…table covered in jars and bowls…



Reference to ‘A bridge to spirit’ (reference to mediumship – out of
circus genre and unusual)

p. 110 in SAE
“…to create a bridge between earth and the unseen realms of spirit.”

p. 38 of NC
They see her as a thing, a bridge to their lost loved ones…



Here is a longer list to emphasize the shocking number of similarities:


Names and places:

Miranda
Poppet
Chris
Elizabeth
Tara and Lainie, sisters (The Jamison Twins are named Terry and Linda)
Martin
Murray
Isobel
Le Clique
Sydney
Paris
Milan
Italy
London
New York
Egypt
Germany
Canada
China
Japan
 ‘Theatrics sans theater’ (p. 60 in NC) – The Jamison Twins’ circus was named ‘Pop
Theatrics’ (p. 57 SAE)


LIST OF THEMES AND IMAGERY COMMON TO BOTH BOOKS


Magical night circus that ‘materializes out of nowhere, then vanishes’
World’s oddest, most awe-inspiring traveling circus that becomes an international sensation
Nomadic circus traveling from state to state and other countries
Vignette-style format
Multiple points of view throughout story
Names: Tara, Lainie, Murray, Miranda, Carol, Elizabeth, Isobel (the Jamison Twins talked about
Izzy-buff), Chris, Martin
Pop and Theatrics (Pop Theatrics was the name of the Jamison Twins’ night circus)
Le Cirque (the Jamisons talk about Le Clique Fantasy Players)
The ‘80s (the Jamison Twins’ circus ‘POP’ was in the 1980s, The Night Circus was in the 1880s)
Silver living statues, metallic painted bodies
Power struggle
Illusion and fantasy
Game that is a metaphor for life
‘Mesmerizing’ magical performance
A new kind of theater never before seen
Red-headed twins who are psychic
Baby twins that are like a strange omen
Psychic twins who can predict the future / see past lives
Psychic twins who predict a large explosive fire
Psychic twins who make detailed drawings on chalkboards as children
Sisters who are identical and dress alike, finish each other’s sentences
Young twins who are voracious readers of histories and novels
The twins believed the impossible was possible
Being separated from one’s twin sister
Possibilities and the impossible being possible
Labyrinth theme, mazes
Theaters
‘Underground’ sensation
The Burgess Twins are proprietors who manage and run the circus
5-yr-old girl with a keen supernatural power
Fire and fire-eaters
Marionettes ‘manipulated from high above the floor’
Tarot cards, a fortune-teller
Past lives (twins who can divine past lives)
Separation and Integration
One soul with two bodies
Transmutation
Balance vs. imbalance
Recurring nightmares, dreams
French names and expressions
Elaborate avant-garde costumes
Black-and-white theme
Striped décor
Masks
Illusion
Magic
Pursuit of Mastery
Enigma
Competition / Rivalry between two protagonists
Challenges
Tyrannical father who is a ‘master’ at his craft
Father as taskmaster
Locks and keys
Imprisonment
Tall towers – destruction, mysterious fires, ‘billowing smoke’
Control and internal chaos
Perfection, perfecting theme
Cause and effect
Haute couture (visionary high fashion costumes for the twins’ night circus)
Avant garde, elegant circus unlike anything anyone had seen before
‘Dreamlike’ and surreal life in contrast to mundane, ordinary
Multiple possibilities for future outcomes
Living statues /frozen, then move and pivot slowly with precision movements
Twins who believe the impossible is possible
Glass boxes, jars, bottles, windows
Reflections
Mirrors
Obsession with illusion
Compulsive behavior
Pendulum
Unseen world/entity
Transformation/transmutation
Tidal wave and tsunami
Things overlapping, unraveling
Dark secrets, dark forces
Things being hidden, not clear
Farm and farmhouse
Artists, studios, sketches, fashion illustration
Clothing design, avant garde costumes
Painted walls, posters, black and white paintings
Gowns, white gloves
Towers, columns of light
Light stretching
Marriage, engagements, love letters
Cryptic, delicate handwriting
Business cards
Ribbons, silk, satin, lace
Rainbows, colors
Chocolate and ‘white chocolate’ specifically
Pain and healing
Heart attacks
Suicides, Murder
Living, moving statues frozen or moving slowly
Living statues painted gold or silver
Rabbits being pulled from hats
Wooden boxes
Crystal chandeliers
Lights on strings
‘Too bright’ lights – blinding lights
Undertow
Eccentric, unconventional family
Cosmic libraries
La Maison (mansions)
Kindred spirits or souls
Starting fashion trends
Collage, scraps of paper
Embroidery
Dolls / Living dolls, paper dolls
Pushing boundaries
Things lurking around corners
Shadows
Crystals and spheres
Circles and rings
Seeing past illusion to what is real
Trees and gardens in ice
Majestic ship, boats
Mirrors/ reflection/distortion
Ink and books
Piles of paper
Greed
Good vs. evil allegory
Vanishing and disappearing theme
Uniqueness
Mystery
Ghosts
Mediums and mediumship
Boats and ships
Ocean, sand
Journaling and handwriting, cryptic script on the walls and in journals
The Hanged Man tarot card theme (the Jamison Twins’ friend hanged himself)
Curving paths or roads
Dishonesty, betrayal
Trust and mistrust
Secrets revealed
‘Diaphanous’ things
Joking /witty repartee at parties
‘Cackling’ laughs
Fishbowls
Pine trees/ Scent of pine trees
Australia, Germany, New York, London, Japan, Milan, Italy, Egypt
Mystical time traveling
The power of mind over matter
Knives and swords
The mesmerizing power of performance on the audience; their reaction
Angels and devils
Russian ballerina (Night Circus calls her a Romanian ballerina)
Gypsy fortune teller
Blueprints
Focus and concentration
Intention
Synchronicity
Strange, bizarre, unique, odd things
Absurd
Rhythms and patterns
Platforms on multiple levels
Father not being present
Twin towers, tallest structure, towering
Achieving mastery in illusion/performance
Teacher, instructor, intensive training
Searching for the right teacher to learn techniques
   and discipline
Snakes, serpents
One soul in two bodies – entwined and intertwined
Invisible war with dark forces
Identical sisters who took many odd jobs including dancing, acting, secretarial, counseling
A huge library
Marionettes, puppet shows, puppeteers
Pianos
Queen of Hearts
Stretching the limits, stretching boundaries
Obsession with being the best
Winning
Refusing to give up
Balance and imbalance
Treasures, tiny things, miniatures
Enchanted things
Enlightenment
Power struggles
Factories
Teamwork and partnership
Collaboration
Daredevil risks
Addiction
Shifting of energy
Orphan
Learning on one’s feet about staging, producing and costuming elaborate dinner parties and
huge, breathtakingly dazzling events
Gourmet dinners
Ballrooms
Dancers
Lightning
Floating
Intense eyes
Performing without nets
Rain, water, umbrellas
Gray (suits, paintings, weather, skies…)
Vintage collections and antiques
Obscure vintage items and furniture
Animals that come to life
Casting spells
“Mesmerizing” performances
Mermaids
Auditions
Symbols and signs and deciphering their meanings
Symbolism and allegory
Poetry and poems
Mysterious fires
Workshops
A “series of events” (one of the Jamisons’chapter titles was “An Unfortunate Series of Events”)
Divination
Silver gowns, living statues in silver paint, capes
Swirling capes, dancers
Flaming red hair and up-dos, red hair ‘piled on top of head’
Pretending to be something that one is not / artifice
Flamboyance
Brilliant, genius abilities
Chalkboard drawings on a black chalkboard
Ice garden (the Jamison Twins wrote about an ‘icy wonderland’)
Bursting, shattering, breaking
Avant-garde London/ underground
Handwritten words inscribed on walls
Looping script, handwriting
Psychic protection techniques and shielding techniques
Destiny is “not written in stone”
No land in sight, no horizon, saying goodbye to the shore
Conduit – bonfire as conduit for energy
Archaic books with crackling spines
Velvet and silk, ‘gold silk’
Lying, deceit, games
Inner void
Symbiosis – identities intertwined, inseparable
White as a ghost – ghostlike
‘Darker the night, the nearer the dawn’ theme
Blood, skin and pain
Headaches
Heart attack
Town drunk, alcoholic
Hidden corners, things lurking around corners
Pointed and sharp, ‘angular’ shapes
Fiercely adventuresome spirit
Corsets and bustiers
Cause and effect and karma
Mind over matter
Rare to discover places that are truly unique
Roses
Bouquets of flowers
Cafes, Rose Café, World Café
Hotels around the world
Antique shops
Suitcases and trunks
Doors and doorways
Bookshelves, piles of books
Butterflies
Fish, Lion, Cat, Rabbit
Freezing in place, frozen
Theme of rules vs. no clear rules
Multiple platforms
Heroes
Slaying dragons
Women who rescue others or rescue themselves
Purpose and life purpose
Caretakers
Business cards
Risk-taking
Faking a death/ funeral
Reincarnation
Planetary alignments

								
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