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It's a small addition, but the plastic holder Bobby includes is quite nice. It's a durable, elegantly-designed, clear plastic holder that a performer can use to store the prop, or, actually use it during performance. Because it is void of ornamentation, all of the attention is on the card and the card can still be removed if need be. But otherwise, keep the card in the case where it is preserved and appears to be a precious collectible.

My point of comparison are the handful of similar cards that were released in the past, and laminated. While this never posed a problem for me, I did find it to be a bit of a distraction that something so "magical" was permanently sealed and essentially destroyed in the process.
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On Feb 11, 2021, Wizard of Oz wrote:
It's a small addition, but the plastic holder Bobby includes is quite nice. It's a durable, elegantly-designed, clear plastic holder that a performer can use to store the prop, or, actually use it during performance. Because it is void of ornamentation, all of the attention is on the card and the card can still be removed if need be. But otherwise, keep the card in the case where it is preserved and appears to be a precious collectible.

My point of comparison are the handful of similar cards that were released in the past, and laminated. While this never posed a problem for me, I did find it to be a bit of a distraction that something so "magical" was permanently sealed and essentially destroyed in the process.


I felt the same way. Preserve it but do not destroy it.
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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 !!


I "jumped off the fence" this morning after a brief email chat with Bobby late last night as any concerns that Stargazer was in my "orbit" were assuaged. I mostly shared that I am not a "reader" and only do limited, certain Tarot "effects". But, now having already received and read the pdf instruction/"manual" I am very pleased and know now how I can and will use it (and digging around last night in my magic box hoard of stuff I found a great set of Tarot to use).
I know how beautifully crafted Bobby's work is, so now just waiting for the package. I will, like others here, positively look forward to further in the "Seer" series!
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Since you have to supply your own Tarot deck, what some of the best ones to use with it in terms of artwork and atmosphere?
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Since you have to supply your own Tarot deck, what some of the best ones to use with it in terms of artwork and atmosphere?


I gave that a lot of thought, when I received my card. Anything too edgy, modern (even my Morgan-Greer from the late 70s fell into this category), cutesy, or fantasy-ish, while certainly possible to use, would likely pull away from the vibe one is going for. Similarly, cards with stylistic artwork that is too divorced from what the casual querent would expect to see in a card were out for me, because I didn't want the new, wildly different and unconventional styles/depictions to interrupt the flow--I sat down with the Dark Dawn and Four Corners to see if either would work, but they fell into that category for me. Carnie tarot (regular, not "cursed", as I find that one fairly silly) and Le Petite Fleur were possibilities, because I really wanted to potentially use one of my aged card sets with it, but it just felt like overkill. To me, either the deck is the "eerie and old" focus, or the postcard is the focus--to have both be that felt like gilding the lily.

In the end, I figured antique decks in a traditional-imagery vein were the way to go. So, I went back to good old RWS. Everybody knows/expects the imagery, even if they're only vaguely aware of the tarot. I've been rotating through my De Laurence decks, choosing the color I think will resonate most with whoever the querent is. In the future, when performing Stargazer out of the house instead of only for folks that come to mine, I probably won't bring them out (the prices for De Laurence decks are obscene, and they're too hard to come by now to risk messing up), so will use Brother Owl RWS reproduction of the 1910 original with crackle-back, as I love the aged look (and they're marked, so that sure never hurts--htye're available here https://arcanesecrets.com/products/the-voronoi-tarot )
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That's really good info, Pasteboard... what an interesting post!

Thank you.

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Ditto. Thank you P.A.
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Mine arrived last week and it is really wonderful.

As for appropriate cards, it is helpful to look at some of the period fortune telling books, such as:

Zadkiel's Dream Book, London: Nicholson and Sons.
Agnes Miall, Complete Fortune Telling, London: C. Arthur Pearson, which comes with its own little back pocket and playing cards.

These are consistent with the look and feel of Stargazer.

In addition to RWS Tarot, the Flournoy Tarot de Marseilles are highly recommended.

Cheers

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Another winner from Bobby. the effect is quite startling (my Wife was impressed!!!) and the printing on the card is really believable.I like the embossed feel of it. It smells good too! The plastic holder will keep it in perfect condition and it's a lovely thing to keep beside my Oraculum.
Thanks to Dr Todd for the advice on books as well. Hope everyone is managing okay. Best Wishes.
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Am I wrong to be contemplating putting a crease or two in? Don’t know if I can bring myself to.....
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Less is more, especially when it comes to aging and weathering.
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Less is more, especially when it comes to aging and weathering.


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But perfected by Bobby, Dan Baines, Steve Peebles and Prof BC.
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But perfected by Bobby, Dan Baines, Steve Peebles and Prof BC.


Must add Vic Nadata & Christopher Gould to that too !
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Is there a version of this effect you can do with someone when you already know their star sign? Can they be thinking of someone else or would it not work that way?
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Is there a version of this effect you can do with someone when you already know their star sign? Can they be thinking of someone else or would it not work that way?


Yes if you know the person, but not necessary. You don't have to know them, you can also have them think of anyone else they know or knew as long as they know that persons full birthday date. That's the fabulous thing with this !!
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At this price point - Stargazer is a no-brainer - The built-in effect is really cool - better than most tarot based effects, although for my purposes it serves me best as a piece in my mobile exhibit - Bobby has a way of making pieces that look exactly as they should - highly believable props representing the era they are from.

If you are looking for a tarot card effect that is super engaging for the spectator - this is it! You also get a great conversation starter with the prop. It generates a ton of interest when people see it - an endless amount of stories can be tied to this magnificent little prop/effect - Highly recommended for multiple use cases
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