Genius and Very Bright Too Also Tarot

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Title

Genius and Very Bright Too Also Tarot

Subject

Artist's personal interpretation of the Rider-Waite-Smith

Description

78 cards plus a signed title card, with a handwritten note from the artist. No box or bag came with this deck. The cards are small, measuring about 9.7 cm tall x 5.7 cm wide. The deck is handmade, and the cards were home-laminated on both sides by the artist. The cards are quite smooth and flexible.

The card backs are plain white, and thus reversible.

Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The Fool is numbered 0. 

Suits are Swords, Cups, Pentacles, and Wands. The court cards are Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

This deck follows the RWS system throughout, and the minor arcana are somewhat scenic, though they do not feature any people. The art was drawn with colored markers. 

The title card is signed and dated by the artist. but is not numbered. I know that production of the deck was very limited, but I cannot remember if Tracy ever mentioned how many copies she created, or intended to create.

Not much of the original internet discussion of the deck remains available now, but Adam McLean lists a copy in his online database. A few discussion threads from the Aeclectic Tarot Forum come up when I Google search for this deck, but I suspect much of the initial chatter regarding its creation, availability, and purchase happened within subscriber-only threads that are no longer available. 

From what I recall, Jackdaw (Tracy Smith) created a relatively small number of these decks, which she offered for sale to Aeclectic Tarot Forum members whom she liked--myself among them. 

Storage note: I house my copy in a sparkly silver drawstring bag, lined with pink satin, with a front pocket and beading embellishment. I keep the note from Tracy folded in the pocket. I cannot remember if Tracy made the bag, or if it was someone else on Aeclectic who did, but I distinctly remember being excited about buying it (or perhaps receiving it in trade?).

Creator

Smith, Tracy

Publisher

Self-published

Date

2007

Format

78 cards

Language

English

Type

RWS

Citation

Smith, Tracy, “Genius and Very Bright Too Also Tarot,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed September 19, 2020, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/349.

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