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Pasteboard Alchemist
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A couple years back, at a small biennial gathering of bizarre/mystery performers, Bobby performed a handful of effects for us from a book on tarot magic he was writing. He absolutely floored us. A couple pieces were so strong they never left me, and I spent following years regularly badgering him to release these so the rest of us could benefit from his thinking.

He’s continued to evolve and refine these presentations over time and create new props to facilitate them. It become clear that they were even more powerful with the custom props, which made the idea of a book less and less likely. This worried me, as I believed my favorites of these effects would never see the light of day. So, imagine my surprise when, a few days ago, a surprise package shows up. It looks like the arm twisting was finally enough to get him to release one of the gems of his prop-based tarot effects crown

Enter: STARGAZER

The effect is led into with an old souvenir promotional postcard featuring a traveling circus fortune teller and her story. There are multiple ways to present it, but my favorite (which I’ve done a few times now, since receiving it) is to have the querent mix and randomly deal cards until they settle on two for a reading. After the reading, and some words about fate and fortune, the postcard is turned over to reveal more information. Despite having never told me their astrological sign, the querent finds their sign and sees that the two “cards of fate” associated with it match the two cards they’d chosen for their reading.

There’s a lot more to say about the effect, but I’ll leave that to Bobby and his product page. What I can say, having one in-hand, is this: the antique souvenir postcard is very impressively done. I’m wildly fickle in general, so the first thing I do when I get a prop is to look at the printing. I could tell from the subtle impressions that this was printed on an old-school letterpress, just like it would have been were it printed in the age it’s supposed to be from. The dedication to top-tier quality I’ve come to expect from the likes of Inferno and R1tual is continued here.

Anyway, check it out. As perfect as I thought it was when I first saw it presented years ago, it’s surprising how far STARGAZER has come since then.

https://darkartifice.com/products/stargazer
lin
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Thank you for letting us know
Jack Straw
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This one doesn't break the bank, thank the almighty Lucifer.
Jack Straw from Wichita, cut his buddy down
And dug for him a shallow grave, and laid his body down
Half a mile from Tucson, by the morning light
One man gone and another to go, my old buddy you're moving much too slow
We can share the women, we can share the wine
Watercooler
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This is a beautiful looking prop. I'm excited to see what it can do, the write up sounds very intriguing.
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I also still love the book idea!
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Thank you for the heads-up Pasteboard Alchemist!

High quality, pocket-size, affordable, quarantine magic... I'm in!
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
David Eichler
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Yep. Ordered. Bobby, I'm very excited to know this is the first in a series! The Seer Series!!
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Wishful thinking but would love to see this series include a tarot deck with art hand picked by Bobby to match the other items. Be super cool!
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Ordered! Excited to see where the series goes.
Merlinsmagic
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Thanks for the heads up, ordered !
& just got the email from Bobby, Looks fantastic, as always, more great ol carny magic 🙂
& the fact it can be used with any tarot cards is great! Of course most of use have these neat "special" tarot decks that will go great with this like DDT, ToT4C & of course the carry tarot !

Also really looking forward to his future seers series !!
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Ordered as soon as the email arrived! Can't wait!
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On Feb 5, 2021, Merlinsmagic wrote:
Thanks for the heads up, ordered ! just got the email from Bobby, Looks fantastic, as always, more great ol carny magic 🙂
and the fact it can be used with any tarot cards is great! Of course most of use have these neat "special" tarot decks that will go great with this like DDT, ToT4C and of course the carry tarot !

Also really looking forward to his future seers series !!


I'm newer to bizarre magic but have slowly been collecting items to delve into deep one day. I bought the carnie tarot awhile back and now this (big fan of Booby's effects so far). My plan is to learn both in hopes of them being my gateway. Does anyone have any good other good tarot effects for a beginner to explore?
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Does anyone have any good other good tarot effects for a beginner to explore?


The book Tarot Magic by Matteo Filippini is worth checking out.
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After my fun with R1tual the other day, this is a no-brainer. Bobby is keeping me going through this awful lockdown!
PhantomStranger
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Read through the performance guide and started to play with the cards, this is a total homerun so glad it exists!
Daisydog
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I absolutely can't wait for this to arrive!
Merlinsmagic
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Got my shipping notice & reading simple & clear pdf, Fantastic !
Only a couple pages & straight to the point of the workings. For the price this is a super deal, for what it is it will be a killer effect/usage !!

My curiosity is now majorly peeked as to Bobby's future seer releases planned !!
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Sounds like another winner to me! Bobby does good work.
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This is wonderful! Ordered.
Merlinsmagic
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Received mine today, as expected beautiful as all Bobby's other effects ! Just the right aging without going overboard & a completely believable item.

Love that it was in a bubble wrap mailer, between 4 pieces of cardboard & inside a nice plastic card holder sleeve.

Thank you Bobby !!
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