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Bone Reader

 

$29.95

Bone Reader Sign
 
 

This signboard measures approximately nineteen inches tall and twelve and a half inches wide, mounted on wood a quarter inch deep. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging it simple.

For all of you bone readers out there throwing the remains of the dead to help answer questions about the living, this sign illustrates your passion for arcane divination.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia by the artist, Chas Bogan.

Bone Readings

 

 

$24.95

Bone Readings
   
 

This signboard measures approximately 12 X 12 inches, mounted on wood a quarter inch thick. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia!

The art of reading bones has gained in popularity lately, and after many requests we decided to create this sign. After fussing over it for several months, trying to arrange the images of bones to create an interesting design, artist Chas Bogan went with the idea of illustrating the accompanying spirits of these bones. Each strange little shadow creature stand holding the bone that it inhabits, ready to describe its meaning in relation to its fellow kindred.





Tarot Readings

 

 

$29.95

Tarot Reading Sign
   

This signboard measures approximately 1 foot tall and 18 inches wide, mounted on wood a quarter inch thick. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia!

This particular Arcane Signboard was in the planning stages for a long, long time before I settled on its design. The tarot expresses a multifaceted narrative, and it took me that long to focus on a particular theme. Like the cards themselves, I wanted this sign to have something to say, something beyond the blunt advertising of mystical services. Primarily, I wanted to show boobies. Therefore this image represents the women of the tarot, women strong, wise, magical and sexy. Consequently I have subtitled it 'Virago.'

The images themselves were altered from the 'Vacchetta' tarot. Designed by its namesake Giovanni Vacchetta, it illustrates the influence of classical art and emphasis on mythology prevalent in 1893 Turin, Italy.

Victorian Fortune Teller

 

 

$29.95

Fortune Teller Sign
   

This signboard measures approximately nineteen inches wide and twelve and a half inches tall, mounted on wood a quarter inch deep. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging it simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia by the artist, Chas Bogan.

I have often been envious when seeing the signs of local psychic readers. I'm not talking the garish neon variety, but the more original fair that one finds among psychics stylish enough to house themselves in old Victorians--such as pepper the neighborhoods of the Bay Area where I have lived all my life. On more than one occasion I have even stopped in to get a reading, as much to see the decor of the parlor as to learn that for few hundred dollars I could have some dreaded curse lifted from me that I had been woefully unaware was plaguing me.

Aside from an uncanny ability to guess what Simpson's episode will be rerun before I sit down to watch, I do not fancy myself to be psychic, yet that does not mean I cannot display such a signboard, and perhaps such a statement present in my environment might coax latent psychic talents to surface in me.

And if not, I find this sign to be fetching nonetheless. It looks as though it is of another age, and its subject matter is eccentric, and that is the sort of thing I enjoy surrounding myself with. Perhaps you will as well.


Palmistry

 

 

$29.95

 

Palmistry Hand
 

This signboard measures approximately nineteen inches tall and twelve and a half inches wide, mounted on wood a quarter inch deep. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging it simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia by the artist, Chas Bogan.

This original piece of art revels in the iconic image of a palmistry hand, making it a wonderful curio piece to hang upon a wall of sit atop a bookshelf. It is the sort of image one might imagine seeing in a Fortune Teller's parlor, projecting mystery and occult knowledge.

While various schools of interpretation exist, that which was used to design this piece draws from the most popular, oldest forms of palmistry.

 
Abracadabra

 

 

$29.95

Abracadabra
 
 

This signboard measures approximately seventeen and a quarter inches tall and twelve inches wide, mounted on wood a quarter inch deep. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging it simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia by the artist, Chas Bogan.

The earliest record of this magical word appears in the poem 'De Medicina Praecepta' by Serenus Sammonicus, physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla in the 2nd Century A.D. Recommended as a preventative against disease, amulets featuring this word were written in the form of an inverted cone. Just as the word itself diminishes, sympathetically the ailment was expected to fade away.

Like many ancient words, the Etymology of Abracadabra is in question. although several possibilities have been suggested, such as:

-Aramaic: derived from 'avra kedabra' or 'avra K'Davarah' which means 'I will create as I speak.'
-Aramaic: from 'abhadda kedhabhra' meaning 'disappear like this word.'
-Hebrew: 'ha-brachah' meaning 'the blessing.'
-Hebrew: 'avar k'davar' meaning 'it will be according to what is spoken.'
-Gnostic: from one of God's names 'Abraxas.'

Other sources claim the name to be that of a demon or angel.

The powers attributed to this talisman are numerous, athough most hold the purpose to be to diminish the power of something, or someone, if not an ailment then a curse or demonic force. Beyond the ballyhoo of prestidigitators, this name is also said to weaken an enemy's energy to the point of death. Often it is used as a protective talisman, and to enhance that connotation I have given this version the shape of a shield.

The word is also thought to be of numerological significance. Influenced by this latter school of thought the sign board presented here draws from the power of eleven, present in the eleven-pointed star featured at the top, and the numerals 11x11 at the bottom (which have a significant role in several occult traditions, often representing the pillars of Tubal Cain through which one passes to reach enlightenment).

The word itself, while rooted in an ancient occultism of the sort that often inspires me, has a connotation that evokes flamboyant hocus-pocus such as I adore. Unlike my more sepia toned signs, I got to play somewhat with color on this one.

Chas Bogan

 

Madame Delphine's Séance

 

 

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Seance
   


This signboard measures approximately nineteen inches tall and twelve and a half inches wide, mounted on wood a quarter inch deep. Signs are intended for indoor use. A metal bracket is affixed to the back to make hanging it simple.

Each wooden signboard is handcrafted at Studio Carnivalia by the artist, Chas Bogan.

An old photo of my great grandmother inspired this piece, as well as memories I have of having attended Spiritualist meetings at the local Odd Fellows Hall when I was a youngster.

What I like most about this particular signboard is it's shape. It looks wonderful hanging on my wall, and will be a focus for conversation should you decide to hang it in your own home.

Contiuning to be inspired by falsehood, this design features a 'spirit horn,' such as were once used in the darkened Victorian parlors where early séances were hosted. Such horns were associated with the angel Gabriel, who as Heaven's messenger was believed to aid souls on the other side to communicate to the living. Often a reflective band surrounded the horn, so that in the dark it appeared to float—far enough from the medium that s/he could not be accused of generating the voices that spoke through the horn (although a stiff rubber pipe could easily connect the horn to the medium's mouth, as well as allow for it to seemingly hover in the dark).

The history of trickery and the romance of more mysterious times give this piece a delightfully strange aura. Like a voice from beyond the grave, it is at once familiar and yet not of this world.

Chas Bogan

 


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