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The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot Paperback – Mar 2012

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Magic Realist Press; 3 Box Tcr edition (Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905572123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905572120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 4.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cards and box in perfect condition. Beautifully coloured. Opened but not used. Fast UK despatch.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Mar. 2012
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My new deck arrived this morning and i'm totally blown away! it's stunning! love the new box design too it makes the deck even more special.
I didn't think the 1st version could be improved but this really has exceeded my expectations.
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These cards are a dream in glorious, rich and tasteful colour. The backs of the cards are quietly but intricately patterned in deep rose and white and they come in an attractive and strong cardboard box which opens at the side. The cards are not inflexible, stiff board and although quite generously sized, not too big for a female hand. The box also includes a 32-page white booklet (all in English) to act as an introduction and to assist the novice with readings. Just holding them or flicking through the pack is a delight and they speak clearly of the messages they convey. The cats themselves are adorable. Beautifully dressed in their swashbuckling costumes and sweeping robes, they are classy, quirky, characterful and not without a little humour. I find they are like a handful of friends. The background settings for each card are appropriate architecture and gardens which are brilliantly detailed without being "busy". A five-star dream. One opens the pack and simply enters their world.
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By Happy Shopper on 22 Mar. 2013
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I bought these as a gift and the recipient was very pleased with them. They are good quality cards, nice to hold
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not Just For Cat Lovers!! 8 Mar. 2012
By 2ofCups - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This deck is created by Magic Realist Press (authors Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov) and based out of Prague. The website for this deck can be found online, where you can get a closer look at the deck, and learn a bit more about the authors, deck and even get a look at their studio.

They are authors of other decks as well: The Tarot of Prague, The Fantastic Menagerie, The Fairytale Tarot, The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, and The Victorian Romantic Tarot.

The Baroque Bohemian Cats deck itself is in its third printing. This is important to note, as since the first edition, it's been reworked, altered and has many differences. The card stock has a clean finish and feels well put together; cards slide easily when shuffled. The deck also at one point came as a kit, which included the accompanying companion book. These books are invaluable to someone that is still learning Tarot, as it is the authors' ideas behind their cards. The author also gives a "Cat's Interpretation" of the card: a somewhat humorous but mostly useful piece of information to help complete the meaning behind it. If you have the book, you will realize that nothing in any deck created by these two is placed in a card by chance. Everything from color to choice of time in the day is all carefully thought out.

The images themselves follow the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) system, are extremely colorful, detailed, and quite humorous. They combine real images of cats with Baroque style clothing. The history and tradition of cats in clothes goes back to the early 19th century, with one of the best know artists being Louis Wain, the English Victorian cat artist. In the US, the tradition continued with Renate and Alfred Mainzer producing post cards of cats in human situations. The craze spread around the world, from the Soviet Union to Japan and back to the US again. It was clear that cats in clothes brought a certain humor to us, and in keeping with the idea, put a human spin to our pets, which we at times feel are more human than they appear anyway. Many of the cats in this deck were from shelters and rescue homes in Prague.

Our cards from the deck have a real feel to them; as the author has taken many real images from cats and combined the clothing to them, we are can't help but smile. Though in some cards, the cat himself appears happy-go-lucky (For instance in the Fool card), in other cards, the cat appears "less impressed" (For instance in the Magician card) and more typical of what we might expect if we actually dressed our cat in any outfit. However, this of course is purposely done, and adds to the depth of the card. Though he looks "less impressed" in the Magician card, he also looks focused (to get out of the clothes?) and powerful, the meaning behind the card.

Images appear bright and colorful. Other cat-themed decks can't compare in regards to the depth of work involved. It is obvious that much consideration has went into this deck. This deck is a professional where others are amateur.

Though cat-lovers will surely fall in love with this deck, it would be an excellent addition to any collection. It should be noted that the value of these decks appears to skyrocket when they are no longer available. It would be wise if you are considering this deck to go head and make the purchase while you still can!!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous cats!! 8 Mar. 2012
By One happy old Crone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have this deck-and must say these cards are beautiful! Card stock is wonderful and feels nice and sturdy in the hand. I must disagree with the other reviewer who said cards are not humorous. I feel some of the cards are-not in the slapstick goofy sort of way-but humorous none the less. I mean-it's cats, dressed as people!How serious could they be? LOL! Even so, these cards have worked wonderfully for me in readings-the expressive kitties always ready to give their own point of view on the situation! Being silly (as cats can be) and then turning all serious and regal at the flip of a card. A truly amazing deck!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Interesting take on Tarot 9 Mar. 2012
By Sunflower Paris - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck is what got me hooked on Magic Realist Press. The artwork is beautiful and since it is cats in costume, whimsical. The deck is based on Rider-Waite and I really appreciated the creative way of revisioning the cards within their standard meanings. As a frequent tarot reader, it is nice to shake things up a bit. I really appreciate the artistic vision and intelligence of this deck. It is also just pure fun to read with--the cats have their own sort of dignity and I find that their whimsical touches can help me not to take things too seriously. Well done!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If it ain't Baroque.... 8 Mar. 2012
By Dead Tree Hoarder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, I'm not a Tarot reader, though having first seen this desk, have taken some interesting in 'meaning', so just as I enjoy a good story I'm no more inclined to believe cartomancy than astrology. I do however find these cards expressive and fascinating and bought the 3rd ed as soon as it became available. I live with (you do not 'own!' ) two fairly 'Baroque' cats (Maine Coons) who look very much like the 'Hierophant' and the 'Hermit' cards, and these two sold the desk to me. I had actually intended framing and mounting a 'spread' of my favourite designs ( Tarot purists be still!) but they are a little small for that. No matter, they are a gorgeous set of cards, and I have have passed many idle moments since looking through them and and being amused and moved by the expression the artist has achieved here. I also bought a desk for a friend who takes a more arcane interest and he was delighted. It does help if you like cats. Dog Tarot, anyone?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
They made me smile 23 Mar. 2012
By Chelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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when I ordered the cards I wasn't looking for deep insight of the world, but rather a kind of whimsical kind of deck that still had meaning. That is what I got. I found that the cards made me smile and I highly enjoy looking through them and using them for tarot readings. I have many very serious looking traditional decks and a few oracle and medicine decks, but this is the first one that really made me smile. Life is too short to not have a smile even if your taking your reading seriously. I highly recommend them for the novice or the long time fortune teller, Especially cat lovers. Even if you don't wish to use them for tarot readings just keeping them for the pictures I would see as worth it
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