I have been looking for the right name for the Theda Bara tarot. It could simply be called ‘The Theda Bara Tarot’ but that felt unsatisfactory to me.

 

It could be a name making reference to the text in the cards by Ouspensky and Boiardo, but they are not the main theme of the deck.

One idea was to call it the ‘Arab Death’ tarot. Arab Death being an anagram of Theda Bara, something pointed out by the studio publicists at the time. However, the name has unpleasant connotations.

After much consideration I decided to call the deck ‘VAMP’ in recognition that Theda Bara was the first cinematic femme fatale. The first Vamp.

And google tells me that there is not already a Vamp tarot in existence, so that’s a positive too.

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