Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NEW Customizable ROADSHOW EDITION joins the Zirkus Family!


Smaller, Lighter, More Affordable
-- And Completely Customizable!

Left: The First Edition. Right: The Roadshow Edition.

The new ROADSHOW EDITION cards are 2.75 x 4.75, vs. the heavier, more formidable 3 x 5" cards of the first edition. Printed on premium 310gsm casino quality cardstock plastic coated
(linen finish), origin of material from France.
The Roadshow Edition comes shrink-wrapped: no tuck box, no LWB.

$59.95 postpaid, anywhere in the world.
Wholesale rates available. Contact duckmeister@ducksoup.me

Two New Card Designs Exclusive To the Roadshow Edition:

Customize Your Roadshow:
Add $12 and I will Personalize your Deck with a Custom Card Back, Your Name, Monogram, Text -- anything you like!

Choose from the custom back designs below (more designs coming soon!), or  even send your own image. Then add your name, monogram, a quotation -- anything to make the deck completely unique and completely your own. If you can imagine it, I can probably make it happen!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


A truly Magical deck.

Only 500 copies of the
first edition were printed.

Click on "order the decks" in the sidebar to get yours today.

The Circus Arts provide a perfect milieu for the Tarot.

There are stars and roustabouts, successes and failures, dreams and nightmares. The clowns, acrobats, equestrian acts and entrepreneurs, each with their fond expectations or dashed hopes, all comfortably express the truths and secrets underlying the realm of the Tarot. The two worlds merge as seamlessly as if they were meant for one another.

Far from being just an "art deck" or a "gimmick" deck, every effort has been made to create a genuine working deck aimed at practitioner and novice alike.

Every card in the deck can be viewed here at this site.
Use the navigation in the sidebar or just go back in time
by using the "Older Posts" link at the bottom of each page. 


"The attraction of the virtuoso for the public
is very like that of the circus for the crowd.
There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen."
- Claude Debussy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Physical Box Proof is Here -- And The Burning Question....

Box of Tarot Cards + Pussyquat. (Pussyquat Sold Separately)
Box of Tarot Cards + Pussyquat. (Pussyquat Sold Separately)

I wasn't sure that I was actually going to get a physical proof of the Tarot Box... but they had to slightly re-arrange what I had done in order to accommodate a different cut, so I guess they thought "better safe than sorry."

It arrived early this afternoon, and here are the pics to prove it:

Here's what it looks like flat, from the front...
Here's what it looks like flat, from the front...

... and the back.
... and the back.

Popped into three dimensions...
Popped into three dimensions...

From the bottom...
From the bottom...

From the top down...
From the top down...

"Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, Open the Door and See All the... Cards!"
"Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, Open the Door and See All the... Cards!"

Now Then...

The Burning Question is....
AAAAAAHHH! When is it going to be DONE???!!!!
I put that question (somewhat less hysterically) to the man in charge of the press, and this is what he said. Literally, I'm cutting and pasting from the email, the lack of capitalization and punctuation is all his: "we will order dies tomorrow takes a day or 2 to get those, im guessing a week for production"
So there you have it, right from the printer's... ehm... typing fingers. You now know as much I do. Still... "won't be long, now, chaps..."
-- Freder.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Printed Proofs of the Full Deck are Here!

 The printed proof of the cards and LWB are in -- and here are pictures. I can see a couple of issues that need to be dealt with: mainly the corners of the cards are rounded off 'WAY too much. Really, they're rounded about twice as much as the Majors deck was... I will have a word with the printer, and I'm sure we can deal with this. I can also see a couple of cards that I might want to brighten (or darken). No matter what I decide, I really doubt that it will slow the process down much (if at all) at this point.

 'Ja like the look of it so far? I like this picture because with just a hint of fanning you can really see how substantial the thing is. The deck has girth and weight... and yet it's very shuffle-able. It gives off a good vibe!

 It looks nice laid out, too... but you'd better have some significant free tabletop space if you want to lay them all out at once! 

 You can really see how the cirners are rounded too much in this shot. On some of the cards, it even comes dangerously close to chopping off text. The other thing that's a little weird is that they came to me stacked up in exactly the opposite order that they should have been. Oh, well. I think this can be fixed with a word, but even if it can't -- you're going to want to go through the cards anyway the minute you open it up, right?

 Without the slight riffling in my hand, it looks a little less formidable... but no less substantial.

 Here's a view from the back. 

 This next sequence of pictures, shows all of the Minors laid out in sequence. I apologixe for the blurriness of some of these pictures. I'm using an iPhone to take photos, and it's sometimes hard to see what you've got before you move on... I do, however, really like the contrasting colors for the wand and cup court cards.

 These images are also very dark. The earlier ones I shot outdoors in natural light came out much more accurately.

 And now hare are three views of the Little White Book, which turned out exactly right. Well, with years of newspaper advertising behind me, if I can't get something like the LWB right, what CAN I get right?

 Next, as I did with the Majors deck, I wanted to get shots of this side-by-side with some other decks that may be right in your home, so that you have something to stack it up against. First, the Zirkus side-by-side with Crazy Uncle Aleister's THOTH deck....
 Okay, Unkie's deck is more substantial looking from head-on, but watch what happens when you look from the side!

 Next, the special 100th annual-versity edition of Waite-Smith:

 Next to the Zirkus, the Swiss IJJ deck looks like it could use some Viagra...

Hans and Franz took one look and said, "De GAIRLEY deck can LEAF de WOOM!"

 Cosmic Tarot, anyone?

 I guess it needs its Consciousness Expanded...

 And finally, The Victorian Romantic.

 Now onto the box: I'm a little disappointed that I'm only going to get a proof of that in PDF form. Risky; but I can see how the cards came out, so I have that for reference. They did completely re-wicker the die-cut line, but I pretty much knew that had to happen.  Boxes are not something I have a lot of experience with:

 In Closing...

I'm about 99 percent happy with the proof, and the other 1% is easily addressed. I'll give them the OK with changes, and I see no reason why production ought not to begin the first part of next week. And because these guys work fast, it is my Deep Suspicion that I will be picking up the decks at their plant somewhere around the 3rd or 4th of September! I don't think it will be much later than that...
Then the WORK starts -- getting the decks and other items out to you! Have you filled out your survey yet? 

Thank you all for making this happen!

-- Freder