From The Night Circus, what changes would have to be made in the circus for it to successfully work in today's civilization and society?

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern does what any dream should do- it transforms people to a different plane, confusing them but making them accept realities that cannot rationally exist. The mystery that surrounds the circus which " Opens at nightfall. Closes at dawn" adds intrigue and, in keeping with Morgenstern's intentions, presents opportunities and changes destiny. As Alexander says:

"That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it..."

The clock starts ticking and Celia and Marco unwittingly work against each other in order to win a competition which can only be finalized on the death of one of the opponents. The fast pace of modern society often prevents people from becoming lost in fantasy as goals and objectives are materially driven and success is measured according to possessions. The circus needs to reach people on a different level and make them believe in the power of illusion. Celia struggles to keep the circus alive and, with Marco persuades Bailey that all he has ever wanted is the circus. Celia and Marco can exit the circus without the tragedy that would otherwise have unfolded. It is Bailey's sheer will that drives the circus forward. There is nothing trivial about the circus and it requires life-long commitment and Bailey's recognition of this saves the circus and will allow it to work successfully in modern society. The main thing is to keep the storytelling going and so Widget contributes to the success and the momentum is therefore not lost as "The circus arrives without warning."