I love the nostalgic feeling that these cards bring with them and the adaptation to the way of Circus life is brilliant.
The major arcana cards, court cards and aces are labeled on the front. The pips are not labeled but are easy to identify so there’s no confusion about what card you’re looking at in a spread.
The downloadable tarot spread is a wonderful touch. I’ve printed this out on plain white paper and tucked it right into the box of cards.
If you love themed decks and have an interest in the circus this deck will be a great addition to your collection. If you’re looking for a working deck that you can use with any client of any age the LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot will work well for you.
— Mary Nale, Attune Magazine
“Come one, come all… Step right up…Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages! You are about to witness a daring Tarot deck of adventure and wonder…of excitement, guaranteed to delight! A deck that you will remember throughout your lifetime! Never before has anything so dashing been seen! I am privileged to introduce to you the star of the show…(drum roll please)…The LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot!”
Created and illustrated by Joe Lee, a former professional clown with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, this gorgeous 78 card Tarot deck with its bright colors and vintage circus styled posters is guaranteed to please almost every circus aficionado and tarot reader alike.
The cards measure nearly 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and are accentuated by a red line frame, with a colorful mirror image clown on the back that allows the reader to use reversals if so chosen. I had no problems shuffling and I have always loved U.S. Games Systems card stock because I am always able to mix the cards well without damage to edges or card stock itself.
Following the familiar Tarot Archetypes found in most traditional style decks, Joe Lee has quite successfully captured the unique flavor of circus sights and sounds without sacrificing the essence of conventional interpretations. The Major Arcana reflect the popular parade of archetypal characters with the exception of The Popess, replacing the accustomed High Priestess and the Pope filling in for the more commonly named Heirophant. Strength is enumerated 8 and Justice sports the familiar numeral 11.
The Minor Arcana, a depiction of day to day life, reflects the quirky and unparalleled circus lifestyle with its high wire performers, juggling acts and cast of characters unique to this big top venue.
This is an absolutely delightful Tarot deck, one that even the newest readers can pick up and read straight away. I just can’t express how impressed I was as soon as I opened the box and began working with such a colorful cast of characters! I would urge readers both young and old, experienced or not, to add this to their collections!