Tarot of Musterberg
Tarot of Musterberg
Although full of attractions, the midway section at Pennyland Amusement Park became famous for its fortune tellers, despite the prognosticators being pretty recognizable from their early shift at the ice cream cart. None of the fortune tellers working at the park had any experience in predicting the future, but they all relied on the Pennyland Handbook of Cartomancy provided to them by the park.
The cards, however, did have an interesting history. Created sometime in the early 1700s, the design became popular for its unique inclusion of a 79th card: The Musterberg Deck is the only one to have a Siren card as the highest Major Arcana or trump card. Most importantly, the deck was redone for Pennyland Amusement Park in the early 20th century where it was the exclusive deck of “The Great Beyond” for Pennyland prognosticators in the Fortune Teller tent. And this is the same deck referenced in the Italian comic book series Roger Believe.
Now you can own the same cards that they used at Pennyland, in a reproduction that recreates all of the wear and tear and idiosyncrasies of the original decks used at the park, and with hopefully all of the same good luck and good fun.
As is standard for divination decks, the cards are non-reversible, meaning that unlike the One-eyed Jacks and Suicide Kings of standard poker decks, when they are upside-down they are simply upside down. This is perfect for card reading, and for game play means just another minute to flip them the right way around.
Our decks are reproduced as collector’s items, printed on archival-quality paper and are not plastic-coated to give you the closest feel to the original. Of course, if you want to shuffle them and deal a few hands of the card game or do some readings, by all means do so. Just listen to the cards, they’ll tell you what to do.
We’ve also included a 64-page booklet that includes a reproduction of the Pennyland Guide to Cartomancy given to their employees in the Fortune Teller Tent – to help you read the cards or just read into what Pennyland was like behind-the-scenes. The booklet also contains instructions for playing the card game tarot – itself even older than card reading – and the game is fast-paced and fun with eccentric quirks that you will hardly believe are not made up.
Finally, we’ve produced the packs with four different package designs. Each package shows one of four different cards we’ve highlighted: The Fool, The Siren, The High Priestess, and the Ten of Coins. Going by the interpretations given in the Pennyland handbook, these correspond to childlike optimism, beguiling beauty, destiny, and a wealth of riches. Not a bad selection. If you’d like to request a specific deck, please note your choice in the comment section of your order. Otherwise, take your chances and see what the cards hold in store for you.
The Pennyland staff had no illusions as to the cards’ ability to predict the future, and the official line seemed to be just have fun with it and give the folks a good time. We’re happy to be able to bring you these cards, and follow in that tradition.
Cards: 79 cards for game play and divination, plus 1 blank card
Size: 2.4 x 4.3 in (6 x 11 cm)
Paper: Acid-free paper
Roger Believe is an Italian comic from the 1980s and 1990s, published by Bernardo Fiaccacolo Editore in Milan. Roger Believe is often compared to similar Italian comics from the same time period, such as Dylan Dog, Martin Mystère, and Nathan Never. Roger Believe was created by writer Giuseppe Pagnacco and artist Beppe Fagana, and cover art was done by Alessandro Scafagna.
In the comic, Roger Believe wakes to find himself in Paris in an alternate 1940s. Unable to remember how he got there, Roger struggles to come to terms with a life he doesn’t remember, and a past he can’t...