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LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot

LeGrande Circus & Sideshow Tarot
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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 AraujoClick here for printable spread.

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.  


SKU LGC78
Weight 0.50 lbs
ISBN 978-1-57281-731-9
Size 78 cards, 3.438" x 4.438"
Author Joe Lee
Artist Joe Lee
$22.95
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  • WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEGRANDE CIRCUS & SIDESHOW TAROT

    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!

    — tarotbyelizabeth.com