Tarot Magical Game (aka Tarot Magic Game)

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Tarot Magical Game (aka Tarot Magic Game)


22 major arcana + 2 blank cards, packaged with a small guide booklet and a larger softcover guidebook, in a narrow slipcase-style shelf box. There's no inner box for the cards, but the deck is thin enough to simply slide into the guidebook for safekeeping.

The cards are quite large, measuring 13.8 cm tall x 9.7 cm wide. The card stock is very flexible, with a glossy finish.

The card back design is a reversible dot pattern.

The gold color used in the cards and card borders is quite eye-catching. Though the cards aren't foil stamped or gilded, they almost look as if they are when you move the cards around in the light. I think it's an effect of the glossy coating combined with the rich gold.

The cards are titled in both Chinese and English. The guidebook (and booklet) are entirely in Chinese except for occasional English names of cards. I assume the deck was published in Taiwan because of the price on the back of the box, but I could be wrong.

Justice is 8 and Strength is 11. The Fool is numbered 0.

This deck was clearly more influenced by the Tarot of Marseille than by the Rider-Waite-Smith; the arrangement of the cards is very reminiscent of the TdM.

Note: I'm used Google Translate to find an English-language title for this deck. Likewise, all artist and publication information is the best that I could puzzle out from Google Translate, after searching for the ISBN and then translating results from different sites. Only one site returned a date of publication (1997); I have not yet been able to independently verify this.


Lin, Yaode (author)
Chen, Luqian (translator)


Yuan Liu (or Yuanliu) ?


1997 (?)


22 cards






ISBN 9573231190


Lin, Yaode (author) and Chen, Luqian (translator), “Tarot Magical Game (aka Tarot Magic Game),” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed April 19, 2024, https://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/357.

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