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* DashinglyDapperDerby: Any time Marco ventures outside, he is wearing a dashing bowler from a line of seemingly identical hats that were in his flat when he moved in. Isobel looks for a bowler whenever she is expecting him.
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However, something strange is going on behind the scenes. Prospero the Enchanter and Mr. Alexander H-- have a game. Trained from a young age, their students [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Celia]] and [[HermeticMagic Marco]] compete in a battle of imagination and will. The scene of their battle is the Cirque, and the game affects the lives of the patrons and performers alike. The only catch to the game? The competitors don't know the rules, they don't know how to win or when they'll win, and they don't even know who their opponent is (at first). All they know is the intimate sense of familiarity they get from one another with each breathtaking addition to the circus that pushes the boundaries of reality.

It is a clever allegory for a number of heavy philsophical themes, each of which seamlessly blend in the narrative.

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However, something strange is going on behind the scenes. Prospero the Enchanter and Mr. Alexander H-- have a game. Trained from a young age, their students [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter [[StageMagician Celia]] and [[HermeticMagic Marco]] compete in a battle of imagination and will. The scene of their battle is the Cirque, and the game affects the lives of the patrons and performers alike. The only catch to the game? The competitors don't know the rules, they don't know how to win or when they'll win, and they don't even know who their opponent is (at first). All they know is the intimate sense of familiarity they get from one another with each breathtaking addition to the circus that pushes the boundaries of reality.

It is a clever allegory for a number of heavy philsophical philosophical themes, each of which seamlessly blend in the narrative.



* AbusiveParents: Hector Bowen.
** Celia's unnamed mother is implied to be this. She called her "the devil's child" and is presumably the reason the mother committed suicide.
** Mr. A H-- is a more mild example. He is certainly ''neglectful'', and perhaps as emotionally abusive as Hector (if not as physically abusive).



* TheAgeless: Once bound to the Circus, no one but Poppet and Widget visibly ages. [[spoiler: Also goes for the Really700YearsOld characters like Hector, Mr. A.H-, and Tsukiko.]]

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* AbusiveParents:
** Hector Bowen.
** Celia's unnamed mother is implied to be this. She called her "the devil's child" and presumably committed suicide because of her.
** Mr. A H-- is a more mild example. He is certainly ''neglectful'', and perhaps as emotionally abusive as Hector (if not as physically abusive).
* AnAesop: The book is expertly laced with them.
** [[spoiler: "Stories have power" ('magic' as it is stated)]] is presented at the very end, a lesson most tropers probably appreciate.
** The Challenge is inevitable. Both participants had no choice in starting it. Neither of them know the rules, and at the start, there is no discernible way to "win". Sound like RealLife to anyone else?
* TheAgeless: Once bound to the Circus, no one but Poppet and Widget visibly ages. [[spoiler: Also goes for the Really700YearsOld characters like Hector, Mr. A.H-, H--, and Tsukiko.]]



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* AnAesop: Where to ''begin?!'' The book is expertly laced with them.
** [[spoiler: Stories have power ('magic' as it is stated)]] is presented at the very end, a lesson most tropers probably appreciate.
** The Challenge is inevitable. Both participants had no choice in starting it. Neither of them know the rules, and at the start, there is no discernable way to "win". Sound like RealLife to anyone else?

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* AnAesop: Where to ''begin?!'' The book is expertly laced with them.
**
AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Stories have power ('magic' as it is stated)]] is presented at Lalaine Burgess, of the very end, a lesson most tropers probably appreciate.
** The Challenge is inevitable. Both participants had no choice in starting it. Neither of them know the rules, and at the start, there is no discernable way to "win". Sound like RealLife to anyone else?
Burgess sisters, who are not strictly identical twins but fraternal sisters that people regard as twins]].



* ArtInitiatesLife
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Lalaine Burgess, of the Burgess sisters, who are not strictly identical twins but fraternal sisters that people regard as twins]].

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%% * ArtInitiatesLife
* AngstySurvivingTwin: [[spoiler: Lalaine Burgess, of the Burgess sisters, who are not strictly identical twins but fraternal sisters that people regard as twins]].
ArtInitiatesLife



** [[spoiler: And if Tsukiko's story means falling in love with your competitor is normal then]] this sad turn of events is tragically standard.

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** [[spoiler: And if Tsukiko's [[spoiler:Tsukiko's story means falling in love with your competitor is normal then]] normal]], this sad turn of events is tragically standard.



* BigNameFan: [[invoked]] Friedeck Thiessen is an in story example.

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* BigNameFan: [[invoked]] Friedeck Friedrick Thiessen is an in story example.InUniverse example.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Celia and Marco both escape the challenge... but are eternally bound to the circus as pseudo-ghosts and may or may not go insane from being immortal.]]



* BoyMeetsGirl: [[spoiler: Isobel and Marco, before Marco meets Celia anyway.]]



* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Celia and Marco both escape the challenge... but are eternally bound to the circus as pseudo-ghosts and may or may not go insane from being immortal.]]
* BoyMeetsGirl: [[spoiler: Isobel and Marco, before Marco meets Celia anyway.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Celia has a moment like this with her father, [[spoiler: when she realizes that to win means the other must die, she tells her father that the only reason these games go on is because he and Alexander are much too cowardly to face off against each other.]]

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Celia and Marco both escape the challenge... but are eternally bound to the circus as pseudo-ghosts and may or may not go insane from being immortal.]]
* BoyMeetsGirl: [[spoiler: Isobel and Marco, before Marco meets Celia anyway.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: Celia has a moment like this with her father, [[spoiler: when she realizes After learning that to [[spoiler:to win means the other must die, she die]], Celia tells her father that the only reason these games go on is because that he and Alexander are much too cowardly to face off against each other.]]other directly.



* CastsNoShadow: Mr. A. H--

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* CastsNoShadow: Mr. A. H--H--.



* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Tsukiko, the mysterious {{contortionist}} who auditions for the circus before it begins hiring, is the 'victor' of a previous competition between Hector and Alexander. Bailey, the young reveur, becomes Marco's replacement as keystone for the circus.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman:
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[[spoiler:Tsukiko, the mysterious {{contortionist}} who auditions for the circus before it begins hiring, is the 'victor' of a previous competition between Hector and Alexander. Bailey, Alexander.]]
** [[spoiler:Bailey,
the young reveur, becomes Marco's replacement as keystone for the circus.]]



* CoolBigSis: Celia becomes this to the Murray Twins, combined with BigBrotherMentor.
** Averted by Bailey's older sister Caroline.
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl]]: Isobel to Marco.
* DoingItForTheArt: Chandresh, in-universe.
** To clarify, the introduction of Chandresh is him throwing a knife at a review of one of his productions that describes it as "almost transcendent." He is [[BerserkButton positively furious]] at the word ''almost.''

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* CoolBigSis: CoolBigSis:
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Celia becomes this to the Murray Twins, combined with BigBrotherMentor.
BigBrotherMentor.
** Averted {{Averted|Trope}} by Bailey's older sister Caroline.
* [[DoggedNiceGuy Dogged Nice Girl]]: Isobel to Marco.
*
DoingItForTheArt: Chandresh, in-universe.
** To clarify, the
in-universe. His introduction of Chandresh is has him throwing a knife at a review of one of his productions that describes it as "almost transcendent." He transcendent"; he is [[BerserkButton positively furious]] at the word ''almost.''''almost''.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The challenge is a contest to see which student breaks first and can only end when one of the challengers decides to end it themselves. Tsukiko's opponent in the last challenge ended it when she burned herself with her own magic.]]
** Also, Celia is first delivered to her father after her mother kills herself. [[spoiler:When Celia considers ending the challenge herself, she tells Marco that she was always more her mother's daughter.]]
* DueToTheDead: Celia gets many condolence letters and flower because of Hector Bowen's death.
** [[spoiler: Tara Burgess]]'s funeral has many mourners and many flowers
* EarnYourHappyEnding

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* DrivenToSuicide: DrivenToSuicide:
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[[spoiler:The challenge is a contest to see which student breaks first first, and can only end when one of the challengers decides to end it themselves. Tsukiko's opponent in the last challenge ended it when she burned herself with her own magic.]]
** Also, Celia is first delivered to her father after her mother kills herself. [[spoiler:When Celia considers ending the challenge herself, she tells Marco that she was always more her mother's daughter.]]
* DueToTheDead: DueToTheDead:
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Celia gets many condolence letters and flower because of flowers after Hector Bowen's death.
"death".
** [[spoiler: Tara Burgess]]'s funeral has many mourners and many flowers
flowers.
* EarnYourHappyEndingEarnYourHappyEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Celia and Marco finally find a way to be with each other and escape the competition that has dominated them for most of their lives]].



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Many of the characters are introduced in a way that makes it immediately clear what they are like. Most notable are Celia, Hector, Mr. A. H-, Chandresh, and Tsukiko's.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Many of the characters are introduced in a way that makes it immediately clear what they are like. Most notable are Celia, Hector, Mr. A. H-, H--, Chandresh, and Tsukiko's.



* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Hector's attempt at permanently dodging death results in him being trapped forever as an insubstantial ghost-thing. It's never quite explained.]]

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* AFateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Hector's attempt at permanently dodging death results in him being trapped forever as an insubstantial ghost-thing. It's never quite explained.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: This exchange.
--> '''Mr. A. H--:''' She has remarkable control for one so young, but such a temper is always an unfortunate variable. It can lead to impulsive behavior.
--> '''Hector:''' [[TemptingFate She'll either grow out of it or learn to control it. It's a minor issue.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: FoodPorn: The descriptions of the food at the party Celia attends.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
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This exchange.
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exchange:
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'''Mr. A. H--:''' She has remarkable control for one so young, but such a temper is always an unfortunate variable. It can lead to impulsive behavior.
--> ---> '''Hector:''' [[TemptingFate She'll either grow out of it or learn to control it. It's a minor issue.]]



* FoodPorn: The descriptions of the food at the party that Celia attends fit.
* FortuneTeller: Isobel. Celia pretends to do this in her youth as a way to make money. [[spoiler: Poppet replaces Isobel at some point according to the second-person circus-description sections.]]

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* FoodPorn: The descriptions of the food at the party that Celia attends fit.
* FortuneTeller: Isobel.
FortuneTeller:
** Isobel.
**
Celia pretends to do this in her youth as a way to make money. money.
**
[[spoiler: Poppet replaces Isobel at some point point, according to the second-person circus-description sections.]]



* FramingDevice: [[spoiler: Widget is the narrator, which makes perfect sense in-universe since his ability allows him to "read" people and their pasts. He has a very extensive knowledge of what happened, and relays it to Mr. A. H-- in the form of the book we, the audence, are reading. All the details of magic that are glossed over are can be attributed to holes in Widget's own understanding.]]
* {{Geas}}: Celia and Marco are bound using rings. [[spoiler: If they try to leave the field of play and mean it, they experience unendurable pain.]]

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* FramingDevice: [[spoiler: Widget is the narrator, which makes perfect sense in-universe since his ability allows him to "read" people and their pasts. He has a very extensive knowledge of what happened, and relays it to Mr. A. H-- in the form of the book we, the audence, audience, are reading. All the details of magic that are glossed over are can be attributed to holes in Widget's own understanding.]]
* {{Geas}}: Celia and Marco are bound to the Challenge using rings. [[spoiler: If they try to leave make a serious attempt at leaving the field of play and mean it, play, they will experience unendurable pain.]]



* [[HermeticMagic Hermetic Mage]]: Marco.

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* [[HermeticMagic Hermetic Mage]]: Marco.HermeticMagic: Marco and Mr. A. H--.



* HiddenDepths: Many of the characters appear one dimensional at first, but reveal more of their personalities as the novel progresses.
* HonoraryAunt: Tante Padva
* HopelessSuitor: Isobel once Marco meets Celia. Possibly Herr Friedrick Thiessen, since it's implied that he has feelings for Celia, to the point where everyone assumes he's the one she's involved with.
* [[IronicNickname Ironic Stage Name]]: Hector Bowen is the exact opposite of his stage name's namesake, [[Theatre/TheTempest Prospero the Magician.]] Whereas Prospero was was a loving father who willingly gave up his magic at the end of his story, Hector is both physically and emotionally abusive to Celia and is consumed by his magic.

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* HiddenDepths: Many of the characters appear one dimensional one-dimensional at first, but reveal more of their personalities as the novel progresses.
* HonoraryAunt: Tante Padva
Padva.
* HopelessSuitor: HopelessSuitor:
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Isobel to Marco, once Marco he meets Celia. Celia.
**
Possibly Herr Friedrick Thiessen, since it's implied that he has feelings for Celia, to the point where everyone assumes he's the one she's involved with.
* [[IronicNickname Ironic Stage Name]]: IronicNickname: Hector Bowen is the exact opposite of his stage name's namesake, [[Theatre/TheTempest Prospero the Magician.]] Magician]]. Whereas Prospero was was a loving father who willingly gave up his magic at the end of his story, Hector is both physically and emotionally abusive to Celia and is becomes consumed by his magic.



* ItWasAGift: Poppet's glove to Bailey

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* ItWasAGift: Poppet's glove to BaileyBailey.



* {{Kitsune}}: On the carousel

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* {{Kitsune}}: On the carouselcarousel.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Marco can erase memories, and is forced to repeatedly do this to Chandresh so that he doesn't find out what's really going on with the circus. [[spoiler: It has a very negative effect on his mental stability, which leads to him murdering Heir Theissen, and in the end he never recovers his memories, although it's implied that him no longer being involved with the circus will be good for him.]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Marco can erase memories, and is forced to repeatedly do this to Chandresh so that he doesn't find out what's really going on with the circus. [[spoiler: It has a very negative effect on his mental stability, which leads to him murdering Heir Theissen, Herr Thiessen, and in the end he never recovers his memories, although it's implied that him no longer being involved with the circus will be good for him.]]



* LoveTriangle: Celia, Marco, and Isobel.

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* LoveTriangle: LoveTriangle:
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Celia, Marco, and Isobel.



* MagicAIsMagicA: Thoroughly averted. It's left ambiguous how the characters perform magic, leaving it with an air of mystique.

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* MagicAIsMagicA: Thoroughly averted.Averted. It's left ambiguous how the characters perform magic, leaving it with an air of mystique.



* MagiTek: Most of the tents in the circus consist of magic charms overlaying simplistic clockwork toys.
** The trope is invoked by Mr. Barris, the engineer, working in collaboration with the Circus's two magicians to create works that should be physically impossible, but by the very flamboyant nature of the Circus such architectural extravagance is accepted by the general public and it goes unnoticed.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Magician's Beautiful Daughter]]: Celia to Hector

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* MagiTek: Most MagicallyBindingContract:
** Marco and Celia are bound to the Challenge by their rings.
** At the end
of the tents in story, [[spoiler:Bailey is bound to the circus consist of magic charms overlaying simplistic clockwork toys.
** The trope is invoked
by Mr. Barris, the engineer, working in collaboration with the Circus's two magicians to create works that should be physically impossible, but by the very flamboyant nature of the Circus such architectural extravagance is accepted by the general public and it goes unnoticed.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Magician's Beautiful Daughter]]: Celia to Hector
Marco's ring]].



* MagicallyBindingContract: At the end of the story, [[spoiler:Bailey is bound to the circus by Marco's ring.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler: Marco and Celia]] in The Challenge.

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* MagicallyBindingContract: At the end {{Magitek}}: Most of the story, [[spoiler:Bailey is bound to tents in the circus consist of magic charms overlaying simplistic clockwork toys.
** {{Invoked|Trope}}
by Marco's ring.]]
** Not
Mr. Barris, the engineer, working in collaboration with the Circus' two magicians to mention [[spoiler: Marco create works that should be physically impossible. By the very flamboyant nature of the Circus, such architectural extravagance is accepted by the general public and Celia]] in The Challenge.goes unnoticed.



* TheMatchmaker: Hector Bowen tells Mr. A. H- that he should have been this.
* MeaningfulName: Tsukiko's name means [[spoiler: Moon Child. While her opponents name meant Sunflower or Facing the sun, depending on what kanji are used to write it. Considering Tsukiko stated her element was water, and Hinata's was fire...]]
** Averted by Celia. Hector/Prospero wishes to give her a meaningful name (mainly [[Theatre/TheTempest Miranda]]) but she refuses to go by anything but Celia.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Widget]]

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* TheMatchmaker: Hector Bowen tells Mr. A. H- that he should have been this.
* MeaningfulName:
MeaningfulName:
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Tsukiko's name means [[spoiler: Moon Child. While her opponents [[spoiler:"Moon Child". Her opponent Hinata's name meant Sunflower "Sunflower" or Facing "Facing the sun, sun", depending on what kanji are used to write it. Considering Tsukiko stated her Tsukiko's element was water, water and Hinata's was fire...]]
** Averted {{Defied|Trope}} by Celia. Hector/Prospero wishes to give her a meaningful name (mainly [[Theatre/TheTempest Miranda]]) Miranda]]), but she refuses to go by anything but Celia.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Widget]]Widget]].



* NoNameGiven: Mr. A.H- aka The Man in the Grey Suit, who makes it clear that he finds names to be unimportant. He is named Alexander but it's immediately revealed to be a false name.
** It's also stated that Isobel is not Isobel's real name and it's hinted that Marco might not be his real name either.

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* NoNameGiven: NoNameGiven:
**
Mr. A.H- aka H--, a.k.a. The Man in the Grey Suit, who makes it clear that he finds names to be unimportant. He is named Alexander but it's immediately revealed to be a false name.
name.
** Isobel doesn't go by her actual name.
** It's also stated that Isobel is not Isobel's real name and it's hinted that Marco might not be his real name either.



* OrderVersusChaos: The point of the challenge between Mr. A.H- and Hector. The challenge is set-up as a competition between A.H-'s style of HermeticMagic against Hector's style of [[StageMagician Stage Magic]].

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* OrderVersusChaos: The point of the challenge between Mr. A.H- H-- and Hector. The challenge It is set-up set up as a competition between A.H-'s H--'s style of HermeticMagic against Hector's style of [[StageMagician Stage Magic]].



* PetTheDog: Though Mr. A. H- doesn't care one bit about wagering the lives of his students in a dangerous game, he does ask Hector to strongly consider whether he is really willing to risk his own child in such a game. He also pays Celia what is probably the first compliment she's ever had.
* Really700YearsOld: Mr. A. H- and Hector are implied to be centuries if not thousands of years old, to the point where they're barely human. [[spoiler: Tsukiko meanwhile mentions her own game ended eighty-four years ago, meaning she herself is extremely old too.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Herr Thiessen, whose death doubles as a potential {{Tearjerker}}]]

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* PetTheDog: Though Mr. A. H- H-- doesn't care one bit about wagering the lives of his students in a dangerous game, he does ask Hector to strongly consider whether he is really willing to risk his own child in such a game. He also pays Celia what is probably the first compliment she's ever had.
* Really700YearsOld: Mr. A. H- H-- and Hector are implied to be centuries if not thousands of years millennia old, to the point where they're barely human.human anymore. [[spoiler: Tsukiko meanwhile mentions her own game ended eighty-four years ago, meaning she herself is extremely old too.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Herr Thiessen, whose death doubles as a potential {{Tearjerker}}]]Thiessen]].



* ShoutOut: Friedrick Thiessen's article about Le Cirque des Rêves is translated into English and published in London under the title "Literature/NightsAtTheCircus".

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Friedrick Thiessen's article about Le Cirque des Rêves is translated into English and published in London under the title "Literature/NightsAtTheCircus".



* SinkOrSwimMentor: Mr. A.H-.

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* SinkOrSwimMentor: Mr. A.H-.H--.



* StarCrossedLovers: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that [[spoiler: Celia figures out a way for her and Marco to end the game and be together by duplicating the spell that caused her father to become insubstantial]].
** [[spoiler:Tsukiko and her opponent]] count though.
* TagalongKid: The Murray Twins
* [[spoiler: TakeAThirdOption: Celia and Marco regarding The Challenge, though the author leaves it to us whether or not this will turn out for the better...]]
* TarotTroubles: Some of the readings Isobel gives to Celia may qualify.

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* StarCrossedLovers: StarCrossedLovers:
**
[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that [[spoiler: Celia figures out a way for her and Marco to end the game and be together by duplicating the spell that caused her father to become insubstantial]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Tsukiko and her opponent]] count though.
opponent]].
* TagalongKid: The Murray Twins
Twins.
* [[spoiler: TakeAThirdOption: Celia [[spoiler:Celia and Marco regarding The Challenge, though the author leaves it to us whether or not this will turn out for the better...]]
* TarotTroubles: Some of the readings Isobel gives to Celia may qualify. Celia.



* TrainingFromHell: This is how Celia is taught to refine and control her magic.
** Specifically, her father repeatedly [[AbusiveParents slashes her fingers open]] in order to force her to learn healing magic.
** Not to mention he kills a bird right in front of her when she says she's uncomfortable trying to 'fix it'. Keep in mind Celia is maybe six years old when this happens.
** Or when he breaks her wrist for annoying him with questions about The Challenge, uses it as an excuse to make her practice healing more, and then admonishes her for crying.

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* TrainingFromHell: This is how Celia is taught by [[AbusiveParents her father]] to refine and control her magic.
magic:
** Specifically, her father He repeatedly [[AbusiveParents slashes her fingers open]] in order open to force her to learn healing magic.
** Not to mention he He kills a bird right in front of her when she says she's uncomfortable trying to 'fix it'. Keep in mind Celia is maybe six years old when this happens.
** Or when he He breaks her wrist for annoying him with questions about The Challenge, uses it as an excuse to make her practice healing more, and then admonishes her for crying.crying.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The manager knows that Celia is meant for Prospero by the eyes, which are a perfect image.



* UncannyFamilyResemblance: The manager knows that Celia is meant for Prospero by the eyes, which are a perfect image.



* AWizardDidIt: Many of the magical effects created by the two magicians are truly incredible, but the nuts and bolts workings of them are never explained or even really hinted at.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in-universe. See FramingDevice above.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Hector Bowen.]] Mr. H-- also argues to Widget that someday [[spoiler:Celia and Marco might regret what they did.]]

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: WhoWantsToLiveForever:
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[[spoiler:Hector Bowen.]] Bowen]].
**
Mr. A.H-- also argues to Widget that someday [[spoiler:Celia and Marco might regret what they did.]]did]].
* AWizardDidIt: Many of the magical effects created by the two magicians are truly incredible, but the nuts-and-bolts workings of them are never explained or even really hinted at.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in-universe. See FramingDevice above.



* [[spoiler:YouCantFightFate: Averted, until Isobel decides to remove the "tempering" spell on the Circus]]

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* [[spoiler:YouCantFightFate: Averted, YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:Averted, until Isobel decides to remove the "tempering" spell on the Circus]]
Circus]].
13th Jul '16 4:56:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[RedheadedHero Redheaded Heroes]]: Widget and Poppet.
28th Mar '16 11:25:17 AM dartblaze
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* MagicAIsMagicA: Thoroughly averted. It's left ambiguous how the characters perform magic, leaving it with an air of mystique.
2nd Feb '16 4:22:55 PM lucretiamerces
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* LipstickLesbian: [[spoiler:Tsukiko, [[SingleTargetSexuality at least regarding her opponent]]]].

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* LipstickLesbian: [[spoiler:Tsukiko, [[SingleTargetSexuality at least regarding her opponent]]]].[[spoiler:Tsukiko]].
30th Jul '15 11:09:24 PM silentheartsong
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* PetTheDog: Though Mr. A. H- doesn't care one bit about wagering the lives of his students in a dangerous game, he does ask Hector to strongly consider whether he is really willing to risk his own child in such a game. He also pays Celia what is probably the first compliment she's ever had.
5th Mar '15 12:02:13 AM jormis29
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** Averted by Celia. Hector/Prospero wishes to give her a meaningful name (mainly [[TheTempest Miranda]]) but she refuses to go by anything but Celia.

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** Averted by Celia. Hector/Prospero wishes to give her a meaningful name (mainly [[TheTempest [[Theatre/TheTempest Miranda]]) but she refuses to go by anything but Celia.



** Hector's stage name and character is one for ''TheTempest''. He even tries to rename Celia to Miranda to shout out even more but she refuses to go along with it.

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** Hector's stage name and character is one for ''TheTempest''.''Theatre/TheTempest''. He even tries to rename Celia to Miranda to shout out even more but she refuses to go along with it.
18th Dec '14 3:07:44 PM mercuriesandrandomness
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* ShipTease: A bit between Bailey and Poppet.
15th Oct '14 4:30:04 PM mercuriesandrandomness
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* FoodPorn: The descriptions of the food at the party that Celia attends fit.


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* SceneryPorn: Pretty much every description of the circus.
23rd Sep '14 7:53:17 AM silentheartsong
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* ParentalAbandonment: Celia is placed in Hector's custody after her mother commits suicide. Marco is living in an orphanage when we first meet him and doesn't seem to remember his parents; he deems Alexander the closest thing to family he has.



* Really700YearsOld: Mr. A. H- and Hector are implied to be centuries if not thousands of years old, to the point where they're barely human. [[spoiler: Tsukiko meanwhile mentions her own game ended around 80-years-old, meaning she herself is extremely old too.]]

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* Really700YearsOld: Mr. A. H- and Hector are implied to be centuries if not thousands of years old, to the point where they're barely human. [[spoiler: Tsukiko meanwhile mentions her own game ended around 80-years-old, eighty-four years ago, meaning she herself is extremely old too.]]



* TeamMom: Tante Padva

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