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The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot kit (Boxed Set) Cards – Box set, 1 Sep 2004

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  • Cards: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Magic Realist Press (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954500725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954500726
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,849,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 17 Jan. 2005
Format: Cards
The cats were photographed in their normal state (i.e. without clothes) and in normal cat-like postures, and then the images were adapted using Photoshop and incorporating the most lovely miniature Baroque costumes.
That out of the way, the deck itself is superb. Every image is a joy. Some of the images are sad, some are rather whimsical, some are funny (in an ironic kind of way). The cats attend masqued balls, go to the theatre, ride through Prague's elegant streets, all the time illustrating the archetypal truths embodied in the 78 cards of the Tarot. Cats aside, it's a traditional deck with 22 Major Arcana; the 56 Minors are divided up into the usual 4 suits. It is good for readings. The book that goes with it is well-written- not pretentious and not fluffy-bunny (fluffy-cat ?) either, just useful and interesting.
The creators of this deck also created the Tarot of Prague. I felt then that they would not be able to surpass themselves, so excellent was that deck.In fact, I think they have. Beginners could use these cards, I think, but it has something for everybody. Except those who really can't abide cats.
Heartily recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sakki on 26 Oct. 2004
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In-spite of not being a cat person, this deck is wonderful to look at and even more wonderful to have! Unlike many decks where "you've seen one card -you've seen it all", the Baroque Bohemian Cats, is a pleasure to go through, card after card, time after time, due to the amazing amount of detail and effort that has been poured into.
I love how all the cats used are different, all caught in a moment when the expression is the strongest. Once I gazed at the King of Swords, the intensity of his eyes never leaves me.
Another thing I like about this deck is how the visual interpretations are given a creative twist. One can easily recognize the connection with the well known Rider deck and use this previous knowledge, but here you also get a new take on it. BBCats demonstrates how the creators' artistic expertise is combined with deep Tarot knowledge and understanding, not to mention that they definitely "know" cats!
The book is thoroughly researched and very well written, but in a simple to grasp language, making the reading a pleasure. There is a Cat's Interpretation for each card as well, and if it does not add a significant insight, it definitely cracks a wide smile!
One can never get tired of this deck, always discovering a new piece of lace, a hidden symbol or another silent cat message. This is a deck with a timeless quality, going against all simplicity and minimalism. Baba studio have definitely rediscovered the old-forgotten formula, where no detail is ever too many.
The only question is whether we are ready to appreciate this style and such a high quality today . And we better be...!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By julie58 on 14 Jan. 2005
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Although not a cat person (more dog!) this has to be one of the most beautiful tarot decks I have seen! Since getting it from Amazon, I have been drawn to the cards time and time again. The book which accompanies the deck is well written, informative but not at all stuffy. The added "cats interpretation" of each card is a unique and light-hearted look at the cards. If you only buy one tarot deck and you want one which is visually stunning, then go for this one!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 29 Dec. 2009
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Magic Realist press have a wonderful way of making images that fascinate, intrigue and make you feel good!

Although this deck is based on cats wearing fancy costumes and who are placed in human poses and situations, this deck is very easy to understand and yet deep in meaning. It would offer additional insights for those who keep to the Rider-Waite tradition. The cats, costumes, backgrounds and props are so stunning and vibrant, I want to step into the card to experience it!

This deck is accompanied by a beautifully bound in-depth book, which explains, in detail, the imagery and the meaning of the card. The cards are a good size, with a matt finish but not very robust. The deck and book comes in an easily accessible box. It comers with one extra, special card too.

Given that I'm not keen on cats but love this deck, I imagine that someone who does love cats would indeed fall madly in love with it! Recommended for all, for beginners and experienced readers.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Charming, Witty, and Pithy 25 Sept. 2004
By B. Wells - Published on
Format: Cards
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this deck-and-book set, and heartily recommend it. The artwork is charming, innovative (the beautiful period costumes were sewn and fitted on mannequins, then digitally added to photographs of cats) and enchanting -- yet the deck packs a divinatory wallop. The book is an insightful guide to tarot, as well as an imaginative accompaniment to the deck. The card stock and texture feel good to the hand.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and engaging - must have for cat lovers 6 Jan. 2005
By HTCOneX - Published on
Format: Cards
I also have the first set - The Tarot of Prague Kit. Both sets are very elegant, have an incredible attention to detail, are well researched (for all you die hard Tarot people) and very witty. The Bohemian Cats' makes a great gift for cat lovers and anyone interested in mysticism, Bohemia, Prague and even old world Architecture.

All the photography was shot in Prague. The costumes the cat's wear were actually hand made, so you can imagine the attention to detail. The production quality of the images and book is top notch. Highly recommended!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite Costumes and Animated Cats with Baroque Bohemian Sensibilities 31 May 2006
By Janet Boyer - Published on
Format: Cards
"There seems to be some definite, if indefinable, link between cats and tarot...Could it be that people who are attracted to animals as enigmatic, untamable and yet at the same time as warmly emotional as cats also find some of these same qualities in the tarot?" - From the companion book

Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov, the creative geniuses who run baba studio and Magic Realist Press in Prague, meld lavish costumes, posed cats, stunning Bohemian scenery, and quirky art and architecture in the Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot. While many "cat decks" are mostly art decks, this gorgeous Tarot is a bona fide reading deck based on the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition.

Sumptuous fabrics and lovely detailing grace the costumes created by Finnish artist Anna Hakkarainen, while many of the "models" used in the Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot were from the Prague Cats Rescue Home. Russian Blues, Tabbies, Persians, Siamese, Orientals, British Shorthairs, mixed breeds--all manner of hue and personality infuse these cards.

From the singing Abyssinian on the 3 of Pentacles to the wide-eyed kitten on the Sun card (which was coaxed to stand up on a horse with a teaspoon of cream!), the almost-human expressions surprise and delight. The fierceness of the Siberian on the Knight of Swords crackles with energy, and the sweet innocence of the 6 of Cups elicits an "awww!" for both its cuteness and the way it captures the essence of this card. The 9 of Cups is a hilarious card, with a British shorthair licking his lips in snarky Puss in Boots fashion. Ms. Mahony writes of this card:

"A somewhat portly and obviously very satisfied cat sits on a barrel in the public room of an inn, licking his lips. Behind him, carved in wood, can be a seen a scene of grand merrymaking."

Because some readers prefer Strength and Justice as either Trump 8 or 11, the deck designers have chosen to keep the Majors unnumbered. In addition to the standard RWS attributions and format, Ms. Mahony and Mr. Ukolov have also added a "good luck" card to the Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot: Hermes--which shows a golden statue of the god in a sunny courtyard while a lovely cat clothed in a sage green gown with white ruffles looks on. At first glance, it appears the card backings are fully reversible, but upon closer inspection, you can see the names Ukolov and Mahony on opposing sides. Because the script is so small, however, the backings still work wonderfully for reversals.

This deck, like their Fairytale Tarot, arrives in a box set with a beautifully bound soft cover book. With 207 pages, the glossy pages depict black and white reproductions of the cards as well as photos of fountains, sculptures, paintings, and various architectural elements found therein. Ms.Mahony's prose, as always, is a sheer joy to read, and she offers a brief overview of what's going on in the card, a "cat's interpretation", keywords and phrases for both upright and reversed meanings, and a lucid, in-depth explanation of the card. She also notes source materials for each card.

The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot is an excellent reading deck, and especially good as a deck for children or cat lovers. Because this deck follows RWS, it can be used in conjunction with many Tarot books, making it a great beginner's deck, as well. I've had quite a few insights with these cards, which I've jotted down in my Tarot journal. While an artistically exquisite Tarot that belongs in every art deck collection, it's an excellent deck for both reading and meditation.

(To see 10 images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent 10 Sept. 2006
By Elvia Szymanski - Published on
Format: Cards
This is one of the nicest decks I've owned. Great for reading. The images are gorgeous in the detail and the baroque customes are exquisite. The book is well written with Karen Mahony's delightful style and with a small "cat's interpretation" that brings a smile and also other ideas that can actually enhance a reading. Regarding one of the other reviews, there is a small art gallery in the town where I live in Denmark and they have a very true phrase as slogan, "Art is Work". This deck is a patient and enjoyable work of love, not the work of people that have "too much time on their hands". I own most of the products from the Magic Realist Press and am always forward to see the new products of these very nice and extremely talented people.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great Deck! 9 Feb. 2005
By Nom de Plume - Published on
Format: Cards
This is a must for cat lovers and tarot readers. This deck is beautifully done and worth every penny.
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