Deck Review of
Fin De Siecle Kipper
Fortune Telling Deck
By Ciro Marchetti
Distributed by US Games, Inc.
Available during the Summer of 2016
It was just by chance that the other day Lynn at US Games asked me if I was reading Kipper cards, synchronicity at its best – I had just found a course written in English to take on Kipper, and a rare find that is these days. So Lynn asked if I would like an advance copy of Fin De Siecle Kipper Fortune Telling Deck by Ciro Marchetti and of course I said yes and I would review it on my blog. And so you see this post now.
This deck is just one surprise after another is my first observation to share with you and they are all good surprises might I add. First is the package the deck comes in; a magnetic close box, ahhhhh! You have to be a real card person to understand why I say ahhhhh, it’s the simple things in life right? And continuing on the materials side of production, the card stock is nice and thick and the silver gilt edging is very nice as well. I will say don’t riffle the cards, first they hate that and it shortens the cards life span and second you will chip the gilt right off these beautiful cards after awhile if you do riffle. Nice presentation US Games, Inc.
Then onto the Cards themselves……
Mr. Marchetti did his typical amazing job at designing these cards, artwork extraordinaire. He took the cards from what was their home in Bavaria during the Biedermeier period and moved them to London, Elizabethan/Edwardian London that is and he made the move quite smoothly. While the older style decks have a charm I love, this deck exudes his chosen area and era without being over the top. Many of the cards share elements from one or another card(s) in the deck giving you a sense of continuity that a card reader will appreciate for its flow of energy as well as artistic appeal. Also don’t forget to play along with Mr. Marchetti at his favorite game that he puts in his decks, find his initials in each and every card!
Ciro (I am taking liberty here) also did an amazing job of capturing the energy of each card and updating them to scenes that we of the 21st century can quickly analyze. The older decks don’t translate as quickly to us in this day and age as this deck does and he has remained true to the cards as individuals and as a whole, in my opinion. Now what might upset the Kipper reader who already knows the system and loves their older decks is he also updated the names. My feeling, I don’t know I haven’t never spoken to Ciro, is he did this to aid us in reading their energies as he did with the artwork/visual element. It might take a bit to get used to but… I think it time well spent and easily done in order to enjoy this deck. There are also 3 additional non-Kipper cards that were added to this deck that…… I will leave that surprise for you to find yourself!
And then for you techy geek types well like they say, “There’s an app for that” and this deck is no exception. Like magick the deck animates and gives you core meaning information right on your phone or tablet. Watching some and listening to others gave me a chuckle or two and I will say that quickly the meanings stick in your head via this method. It’s a free app (the LWB tells you all about it) and it is well worth the time downloading it to use as a learning tool.
And last but not least is the Little White Book (LWB) that comes with the deck. As most of you know already, there is little to nothing written in the English language to help you learn Kipper. This LWB does so in dare I say grand style. Not one or two but three different and respected Kipper readers offer their viewpoint on each card. Stella Waldvogel, Fortune Buchholtz and Susanne Zitzl share their combined and rather formidable knowledge of the cards in a very brief but very clear and concise manner. For those of you looking for more written knowledge of Kipper this could well be what you need until someone releases a book on the subject. I will also say, I took a lot of notes into my personal Kipper journal from this LWB and that is something I rarely do from any LWB no matter how rare the find of info.
I did take the deck for a test run if you will. As I said I was learning Kipper and I had a Kipper 101 Exam from the World Lenormand Association who offered this class, by the way don’t let the name fool you they know Kipper as well. The deck shuffles well and I could quickly and clearly read both what the cards were as well as the energy they represent. Now if you ask if I passed the exam – not a clue I just turned it in so stay tuned for that grade!
So to sum it up I say this, grab this deck because this Kipper is a Keeper!
Please note: I received no compensation for this review and all opinions of this deck are my own and reflect no one else’s input.