Based on a film adaptation of the novel "Circumstance and Romance" by Donaldo and currently in pre-production and financing.
“Circumstance and Romance” tells the story of Edward Essex and his series of fortuitous encounters, startling experiences, and amazing discoveries as an imaginative young boy, curious university student, and inquisitive adult; discoveries which teach him the hidden secrets of hypnotic phenomena, the mysteries of extra sensory perception, the complexities of human consciousness and the circumstantial characteristics of love. Progressively developing his innate psychic talents he becomes a consummate psychic performer and gifted mentalist with an incredible ability for magnetically attracting and influencing people.
Earning degrees in philosophy, psychology and medicine he also studies the healing properties of herbs and alternative therapies and cultivates his appreciation of the arts, music, painting, fashion, costume design, culinary delights and fine wine and discovers that he can help people in positive ways simply by giving them imaginative and constructive ideas to act upon based on what he has learned. In addition, by teaching them how to develop their own intuitive powers and giving them guidance with future projections and predictions about opportunities and possibilities regarding their relationships and love life; their health and emotional well-being; their careers and financial success; he can help them reach their full potential.
Taking place among the romantic settings of the Cote d’Azur, St. Tropez, Paris, London, Oxford, the Cotswolds of the English countryside, the plantation worlds of Savannah, Biloxi, and New Orleans, and the lavish Renaissance worlds of Venice, Italy the story sheds light on the hidden meanings in the random events of peoples’ lives, the metaphysical aspects of reality and the fundamental laws of attraction between men and women which influence and shape the circumstantial forces affecting love and romance.
Woven together like a complex tapestry depicting scenes and events played out on colorful stages in drawing rooms and salons of castles, chateaux and manor houses amid the excitement of social events of the season, week-end retreats, sumptuous dinner parties, costumed balls, festivals and fairs are riveting descriptions and fascinating examples of Edward holding court as he astonishes guests with intriguing demonstrations of what seems implausible and impossible as he makes predictions with tarot cards, palmistry, Ouija boards, gem stones, astrology, numerology, pendulums, psychometry and magical items such as crystal balls and pyramids and speaks about esoteric subjects as diverse as out-of-body experiences, déjà vu, psychokinesis, telepathy, teleportation, time travel, parallel universes, past life regressions and quantum physics.
The wonderment and enlightenment of onlookers after he gives one of his favorite demonstrations illustrates the powerful effect he has on changing their everyday way of looking at things with a typical example being his holding court in a sitting room after a dinner party where he might ask someone to pick any book from a library study and then standing some distance from them with his back turned asking them to randomly chose any page in the book and visualize the words and pictures they see. Then he begins to tell them in detail what they see on the page as they acknowledge with utter disbelief that everything he is describing is exactly what is on the page.
Ironically, even though his unique talents bring him an enviable social life, he frequently finds himself embroiled in personal entanglements, compromised situations, even precarious predicaments from which he has to extricate himself while underneath his self-confident social persona, he is constantly thinking about a girl from his early childhood school days and longing to see her once again and possibly making a life with her.
The story of Edward Essex provides a visual and cinematic feast glimpsing the mysteries of the psychic world and the fleeting, circumstantial nature of love and romance before finally revealing Edward’s destiny.