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Magician and Fool

Susan Wands is the author of Magician and Fool, a historical fantasy based on Pamela Colman Smith, creator of the Smith Waite tarot deck. Magician and Fool was first developed as a play and has evolved into a book series, exploring Pamela Colman Smith's life and her creation of her world famous tarot cards. The world of Victorian theatre, the Golden Dawn, tarot, magic and Pamela's international travels have been a source of study and inspiration. Susan has been granted exclusive rights to Pamela's tarot artwork by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., the publisher and distributer of the Waite Smith tarot deck. The second book in the series, detailing the next cards in the tarot deck, The High Priestess and Empress, is near completion. Susan is an original member of The Red Room collective and wrote more than sixty pieces for presentation at their theatre space on 42nd street. She is also co-author of Seven Stories, an evening of one acts written with Mary Mary, presented in New York City at the Lubin House. She has also written Lady Under Parasol, for the Oregon Shakespeare New Play Festival, The Carriage Proposal, a one act based on Jane Austen's early works, and an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, presented at Cornish Institute in Seattle, Washington. She has written and directed four independent films: Marry Me, Crescent, More Stately Mansion in Edinburgh, and Exquisite Hour.

Tarot, Theatre & Magic

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A series of historical fiction books based on the Smith Waite tarot deck, designed by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909, is explored in this series of books which pairs two cards in the Major Arcana. The first book, Magician and Fool, will be followed by High Priestess and Empress, followed by Emperor and Hierophant.

In Magician and Fool, Pamela Colman Smith begins her career as an artist at the end of the Victorian Age at the Lyceum Theatre, where she grows from innocent empath to seer and channeller; creating

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