Magic Realist press have a unique and wonderful way of making pictures that fascinate, intrigue and which give a good feeling inside.
"With art that is precise as it is ornate, Magic Realist press have united some of the world most fascinating fairy tales with the symbolic, yet story-like images of the tarot. There is a real marriage here and not simply a cobbling together of different traditions. The pictures illuminate both the tales and the cards, but they do something more. They allow us to create new stories, new meanings and that is certainly special." ~Racheal Pollock
Fairy tales portray wisdom through stories of sadness, happiness, the overcoming of obstacles, courage, danger, good and evil, the list is endless. It goes without saying that the meaning of fairy tales goes hand in hand with the meaning of Tarot. Magic Realist Press have integrated them perfectly in an easy to understand and very enjoyable way. The images are bright and beautiful and make the both the fairy tale and Tarot meaning easy to understand.
As usual, the cards are accompanied by a beautifully bound, in-depth book which explains the picture and meaning of each card in detail. The cards are a good size with a matt finish, although not very robust. The book and deck come in an easily accessible box. Oh, and it comes with one extra, special card.
This deck is for both beginners and experienced readers alike. I highly recommend it.
I am not sure whether it was just my pack (lucky me!) but I got these as a present for christmas and I was blown over by them. I got the book and the cards in a set and as people know there is a re-write of the ten of coins, but in my book the suit of coins in my book goes up to eight misses out nine and the repeats the suit of coins two to eight all over again without even mentioning the court cards to the coins either. I was extremely upset and not knowing who to contact about it I had to just leave it I was not very happy at all. I don't think it could be just a miss print on just my book either so be careful when buying these if you actually want to know what they all mean. If you are buying them just for the art and the cards then go for it, it is a beautiful deck, but when it comes to the paperback printed with them, then it is a complete and utter let down.
If you love fairytales and all that goes with them, then you're in for a treat with this beautiful and imaginative deck. Each card is associated with a tale from around the world, and the name of the tale is printed in small letters under the main tarot title of the card, the book has a condensed version of each of these tales as well as the main points as they apply to the card meanings, and a more in-depth analysis of how the fairytale and the card meaning relate. The artwork is beautiful, it looks straight out of a fairytale book from childhood, yet somehow a bit more sophisticated without losing that child-like innocence which makes it so charming. The borders are really pretty without intruding on the designs, and the arch shaped frame is perfect for the theme. The backs are also beautiful, tying in well with the border design. The cards are printed so well, the colours are rich and the images crisp and on really nice quality card. There's no offensive plastic coating, the finish is lovely. There is no tuck-box for the cards, they fit into a kind of recess inside the shelf box with the book, but the deck is so nice you will want a nice bag for your cards anyway. I can't imagine why anyone who likes fairytales would not love this deck, it's stunning.
My copy didn't have any printing errors, but I happen to know that Magic Realist Press are very good when it comes to things like this, and would no doubt immediately replace any faulty item.
Each card in this pack is illustrated a fairy story appropriate to its meaning. Unfortunately, if you don't know the story, you may not get the point. A girl dancing in the street, watched by a cynical-looking man, will not suggest the Devil unless you know "The Red Shoes". Luckily you get a book with all the stories. As well as well-known tales from Grimm and Anderson, it has folktales from all over the world, and is a good read in its own right. The meanings of the minors are generally in line with those of the Waite-Smith pack. Not, perhaps, for beginners, but it should appeal to experienced readers and to collectors.