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5.0 out of 5 stars
Magic Realism Press did it again!, 26 Oct. 2004
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...!