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Susan Wands

Susan Wands

New York, New York

Susan Wands is a writer, producer, actor, and tarot reader. Her original works and adaptations have been presented and performed from coast to coast. She continues to consult her tarot.

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An original member of The Red Room collective, Susan wrote more than sixty pieces for presentation at their theatre space on 42nd street. 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 Rider Waite 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 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.

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Success! Magician & Fool has already sold 533 pre-orders , was pitched to 72 publishers , and will be published by i2i Publishing .
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$15 I'm a Digital Fool or Magician

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An ebook version of Magician and Fool will be Magically available for the first 25 pre-orders. You'd be a Fool to miss this offer! No shipping with this delivery.

The magic of the internet sends you the book, Magician and Fool!

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$20 Foolishly Magical Offer

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A print copy of Magician and Fool will be shipped to you, along with a free ebook.

Read Magician and Fool in a printed or digital format - the choice is yours!

This bonus is not available for International Orders: Will be shipped only via "standard" mail to Continental U.S.A., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Military Bases and Protectorates.

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$25 Drinking with the Magician or Fool

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Are you a Magician or a Fool? The mesmerizing gaze of Sir Henry Irving, the original inspiration for Pamela Colman Smith's Magician card, is posed mid-incantation for all would-be magicians. Or are you a fool, like matinee idol William Terriss, stepping off the cliff to further adventures? The first 25 fans who pre-order will receive a mug with artwork of the The Fool or The Magician, both images based on Victorian Theatre celebrities. A printed copy of the book and digital version of Magician and Fool will also be included.

Curl up with your copy of Magician and Fool and drink up the Magic! Or the Foolishness!

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$50 Look like a Magician or Fool

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Perhaps you prefer to wear your claim to fame as a Magician or a Fool. For those who order two books, they will receive a 'One Size Fits Most' tee shirt featuring original artwork of The Fool tarot card, based on the real life Theatre Star William Terriss, or The Magician card based on Sir Henry Irving. A digital version of Magician and Fool will also be included.

A great gift for that Magician or Fool in your life!

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$100 Celtic Cross Tarot Reading

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Tarot readings are used by therapists, counselors and life coaches as a tool for inspiration and guidance. The first fifteen orders of $100 or more will receive a Celtic Cross tarot reading via email. The Celtic Cross spread is the most commonly used configuration used for guidance and inspiration when using the tarot cards. Twenty copies of the book will be included plus the e-book version.

A personalized Celtic Cross tarot reading for fifteen individuals to experience Pamela Colman Smith's artistry!

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+ Celtic Cross tarot reading email session for 15 individuals (photograph of the tarot spread with date of reading will be included)

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$500 Joyous Celebration with Venue

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Package #1: An ideal package for a launch of a restaurant or food/beverage line, this package includes a 'complete run' tarot reading for people who buy a combination of the sponsored item. Each participant will receive their own printed copy of the book, Magician and Fool, a historical fantasy about the life of the designer of the cards, Pamela Colman Smith. The readings can be done while a party is in progress, creating an atmosphere of bonding and ritual for those attending. This process of examination and celebration is ideal for wedding parties or milestone birthdays. The book, Magician and Fool, which will be gifted, will remind the participants of their time together with the purchased wine/beverage/liquor.

+ A combination of three bottles or servings of wine/cider/hard liquor would entitle the customer to a tarot reading

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$500 Patron of the Magician

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Tarot readings are used during times of transition, whether a it's a new job, marriage or an upcoming change of scene. A group having their tarot cards done, whether it's a bridal shower or an office going though a merger, can provide a dynamic of bonding and exploration. Five people will have an in-depth reading, as part of a celebration or retreat via Skype or, if in the NYC area, in person. Twenty five copies of Magician and Fool will be included, an incentive for a group read after a group tarot reading.

Be a Magician and give the gift of a magical tarot experience!

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$2000 Tarot Workshop

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In New York City or Los Angeles, Susan Wands will lead a workshop of up to 6 people for a short course on the basics of tarot, tarot history and teach a group about the basics of pulling cards for themselves. A practice that teaches self awareness, tarot invites guidance and inspiration on a daily basis. A deck of tarot cards designed by Pamela Colman Smith, known as the Waite Smith deck, will be given to each of the six participants to learn elementary tarot.

One hundred copies of Magician and Fool will be included, a great way to support a book club!

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+ Workshop teaching tarot beginnings for 6

+ 6 decks of Waite Smith tarot deck - Pamela Colman Smith's own design

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Update #13 - Two Weeks until London for Book Launch Sept. 22, 2017

Dear Friends,

Two weeks from today, I will be in London at the U.K. Tarot Conference and at book events at two stores, Watkins Books, a location in the book Magician and Fool, and Atlantis Bookshop, London's oldest independent occult bookshop.

The path to actually publishing a book is fraught and the fact that I will be able to send you a copy of my book, whether e-book or printed page, is a dream come true! Dreams take long range planning and strategy and the fact that I am even in this position is due to a lot of people on team Wands who have helped me along. First I would like to thank Lee Constantine and Guy Vincent, storm troopers of the Publishizer company, who helped me set up my April 30-day campaign to set the stage for pre-orders. Secondly, I would like to thank Cynthia Wands, who designed the brilliant artwork for the bonus mug and t-shirts.  I've attached a photos of them so you can see how great they look.

I would also like to thank master of trades, Robert Petkoff, who helped with everything from web design, book jacket design and composer of music for the video which he shot. And all my friends who helped me read and re-read the book for edits and suggestions are also angels of this project. Margaret Emory, Krystal Kennedy, Karen Mckendrick, Ryan Brown, Joel Jones, Jennifer Pooley and others, thank you!

So how did I get into Watkins Books to do a reading? Watkins Books is a gem of a bookstore in the heart of London. An esoteric bookshop in the heart of London established over 100 years ago, it has become one of the world's oldest and leading independent bookshops specializing in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field. I read that Etan Ilfeld, the owner, owns an art gallery, two bookstores, a media company, organizes an international mind sports competition, a film festival, in addition to writing books, editing a magazine and producing films. He has also invented a form of chess that takes place underwater. This owner of Watkins Books is not your typical bookstore proprietor.

When I went on the Gothic Image Tour in June, I had prepared a pitch letter for Mr. Ilfeld to let me launch the book at his store. I arrived a couple days early for the tour and went into the store, hoping to meet him and pitch my book. I was told that he was in Scotland but that I could leave the letter downstairs in office. The staff was polite but busy. Slightly crestfallen after dropping off the letter, I went upstairs and had my tarot cards and palm read by an in-house reader, Swami Karma. He had read good things to say in the reading for my book, so I left embolden. 

Two months letter, an email arrived saying that Watkins Books would schedule me for a presentation of Magician and Fool. For an independent author with a hybrid publisher, this is huge! There is no literary agent or publicist to help facilitate these sort of connections, so the fact that they would take me on is so very lucky! I will be giving a 30-minute talk, a 5 minute reading, followed by a Q & A session. They also record the talks, so you will be able to see the presentation about two weeks after the event. Here is the link to the authors presentation page.

If you know anyone in England who might be in London and would want to come to this free event, please pass on this invite so they can be sure to have a seat. Watkins Books seats 60 people.

And, lastly, here is the book jacket for the Magician and Fool.

Since the bonus items have arrived, I have been organizing to get  them ready to ship to those who have ordered them with their book. When I get my books in the next few weeks, I will send them all out as a package. I'll also offering these bonus items to people when they post reviews on, as reviews for the book will be of paramount importance. More on that later.

Thank you so much once again for your support and interest. It has meant the world to me.