El Loco – a video

December 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at this video of an animated Tarot reading created to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Jonathan Arellano Project and featuring J.M.Torreblanca.

It’s called El Loco

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CBD Tarot

August 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Le Bateleur or The Magician from Yoav Ben-Dov's CBD Tarot

Le Bateleur

Yoav Ben-Dov has reproduced Nicholas Conver’s 1760 Tarot of Marseille, and he shows us how he does it.

In the video below, you can see the restoration process with the Magician as an example.

The CBD Tarot restoration is based on several versions of the Conver deck printed between the early 19th century and 1960.

The black lines from each of the decks he used were printed from the same woodcuts made in 1760. Only the colouring is different.

Ben-Dove copied the lines by hand with ink on paper, then scanned them into a computer in order to clean them up, and re-colour them.

He made some other changes as well, that you can see in the video. You can take a look at all the cards on his website.

It’s a nice deck.

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Jean-Claude Flornoy – a master will be missed

May 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Cards from the Jean Noblet's deck (1650). Tarot of Marseille - Jean Noblet and Jean-Claude Flornoy

Before and After - Noblet and Flornoy

There’s sad news in the Tarot world with the passing of master card maker and Tarot scholar Jean–Claude Flornoy. He died last week on May 24th in Sainte-Suzanne, France.

Flornoy successfully took on the monumental task of restoring the Marseille Tarot to its original glory. Not just once, but three times.

He was responsible for the faithful restoration of the Nicolas Conver, the Jean Noblet and the Jean Dodal versions of the Tarot of Marseille.

He also worked on some of the majors from Jacques Viéville’s Tarot.

Flornoy had an incredible eye for detail, a deep understanding of the art, history and spirit of the imagery, and a devotion to his work. His contribution to Tarot was enormous.

Jean-Claude Flornoy was a gift to us all, and will be missed.
Enrique Enriquez did a fabulous interview with Flornoy in February 2010. You can read it here.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks Some Tarot

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a listen to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about the Tarot.

As usual, he’s fascinating. And there’s some trippy images to look at while you’re listening.

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Enrique Enriquez: Tarology … a documentary in progress

March 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s your chance to invest in some tarot history …

Enrique Enriquez: Tarology, Exploring the poetics of the Marseilles Tarot is a documentary in progress by Chris Deleo.

The film focuses on poet and tarot reader, Enrique Enriquez. International speaker, teacher and author, Enrique is passionate about the cards.

He sees their magic everywhere, but isn’t so interested in divination or even intuition. He likes them simply for the pictures they are and the stories they tell.

In addition to the work being documented with Enrique, the film will also explore other reading styles. The filmmakers will be traveling around to interview noted experts and authors throughout the tarot community.

It’s the first documentary of its kind, and the first full-length film about tarot attempting to get a theatrical release.

And it’s looking for investors. Why not be part of tarot history and donate today!

You don’t have to do it just because you’re nice and love tarot and Enrique. You can get a little something for yourself in the bargain.

•$10 donation will give you a ‘special thanks to…’ in the film credits
•$25 donation gives you a ‘special thanks…’ and a special Marseilles tarot card autographed by Enrique Enriquez and the filmmakers
•$50 donation will give you all of the above and an autographed copy of the finished DVD
•$100 donation gets you all of the above and a tarot card reading via email from Enrique Enriquez
•$250 donation will give you all of the above and a very special ‘Producer’ credit in the film
•$500 donation will make you a super star in everyone’s eyes, and you get all of the above, and if you live in New York or can travel there, Enrique Enriquez himself will instruct you in a one on one lesson using the Marseille Tarot.

Doesn’t it make you want to give!

Enrique is going to be joining us on Beyond Worlds Saturday, May 7th. We’ll be asking him all about the film.

And in case you missed his visit last July, you can listen here — Beyond Worlds with Enrique Enriquez

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