Friday, April 14, 2017

🎪 Joe Lee's LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot Review 🎪 // Hannabal Marie

Hello ladies and gents
I have a real treat for you today.
I was sent these lovely Circus & Sideshow Tarot Cards for evaluation.
I am forever grateful because I collect both of these things--Tarot cards AND Circus memorabilia. 

So, when I found out about these beautiful cards, I instantly became obsessed to the point this review HAD to be made! 

Filled with circus and sideshow lore, LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot is set in the glitter and mud world of the mid-century truck show. The Major Arcana is colorfully illustrated in the bravura style of vintage circus posters. Each tarot archetype is represented by a corresponding icon of the circus: the Emperor as the ringmaster, the Hermit as a tramp clown, the Sun as the blazing figure of a tiger leaping through a ring of fire.
            The Minor Arcana offers glimpses of  the day-to-day life of the circus and sideshow with each suit representing a different aspect of life on the circus lot.  The suit of Cups is the world of performance under the big top.  The Swords are embedded deep in the bizarre and sometimes frightening heart of the sideshow. Each symbolically charged pasteboard will “step right up” and take the user deeper into this mysterious realm. The Coins represent the business of the show—the “front-end” with its managers keeping the troupe on the road and the “butcher” hawking his “floss” and popcorn in the stands.  No one enters this realm of dreams without the work of the Wands, which conjure the backbreaking work of man and animal to raise the tent and create this palace of wonder. The stakes and tent-poles are the magic wands of this suit and no show can exist without the elemental magic of sweat and strain.

Includes 78 cards and 60-page booklet, with upright and reversed meanings. Bonus: LeGrande Circus Card Spread by Jody Boginski and Lynn Araujo.
 About Joe Lee
 Joe Lee has been clowning around since his early days in rural Indiana. In college he juggled art studies with a degree in medieval history. Joe furthered his education at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Clown College.  He then worked as a professional circus clown with Ringling Brothers and other shows. After leaving the circus life, Joe moved to New York City where he studied and later taught art classes. Joe had occasional gigs as a fire eater.
             Joe returned to Indiana where he currently lives and works as an illustrator. He illustrated and wrote a number of books including The History of Clowns for Beginners. He is a regular contributor of editorial cartoons to the Bloomington Herald-Times.  Joe has been teaching cartoon art and illustration for over nine years.

 Joe’s life-long interest in the circus prompted him to create the LeGrand Circus Tarot deck. His vibrant artwork begins with black and white ink drawings, which he then colors with colored pencils, markers, and watercolors. The 78 cards showcase Joe’s talent as a cartoonist and are reminiscent of mid-century circus posters.   
"Come one, come all… Step right up…
It has a little instruction manual inside.
The art is to die for!

Such beautiful artistry!
Every single card is illustrated and printed in such a unique way that is very awe-catching!
Here are a few of my favs!
Another few more!
Gawd, the arttttt! the art!!!!

All the clowns inside the deck! Oh goodness!!!

The backside of every card has this beautiful layout! Isn't it darling?

I love love love the empress!
The art is very vintage, old school circus!
The art-style is absolutely beautiful!
 All in all, this deck has got to be a personal favorite of mine.
A true must have for every circus and carnival-collector alike!
If you are interested in obtaining such a deck, follow the link HERE

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