Once, when I was a boy, I went to the Carnival. The man at the said, "Come here, boy, I'll tell you a story. Shuffle these cards."
And I did. When I was done, he began telling me his story, flipping over the cards in order from the shuffled deck at opportune moments.
"Once," he began, "there was a who barely escaped . He traveled far and wide, seeking . He met many on a similar path, including and a blind man , as well as , , and the .
As you might have guessed, The king and Queen eventually became .
They traveled together and eventually met who showed them all and the value of ."
The man collected the cards and had me shuffle them once more.
"Far away, there was a tortured soul we'll refer to as . He met someone who we'll call who set him free and made him his personal aide; his agent of perverted . The magician exerted his diabolical influence to force and to turn on their friends and come to him, killing the blind man in the process.
He then showed his true self to be and betrayed and killed the emperor. He had been only using him in order to free the empress so that they could be .
engaged his own version of to bring absolute power to his insidious , but this only brought the wrath of , resulting in divine and saving ."
I thought about this for a minute, then said, "Pretty neat trick, mister, but I know who you are, and I've read this story before!"
Who was the Wheel of Fortune Man?
What story had I read?
The Wheel of Fortune Man hails from Maine.
These Tarot cards were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith, and published by the Rider Company.