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SenseiStrange
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Last year I was in Tennessee on tour when I saw a fortune teller machine. I popped in the money and out dropped a little card with horoscopes fortunes and all that good stuff. Has anyone seen these in their searches? Evidentally I cannot put the correct combination of words together for google to find it.
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These guys sell the machines http://www.charactersunlimitedinc.com/fortune_teller.html


perhaps they would sell just the cards if you asked......
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I says "additional cards may be purchased for five cents each", but it doesn't say if you have to buy the $6000+ machine first. Smile
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The last time I saw one of those was at Casa Bonita in Denver. Neat machine, but I did see them in a catalog that was like the Sky Mall catalogs, but with cooler stuff.
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Remember the fortune telling machine in Nick of Time, an episode of the Twilight Zone.
http://www.b9robotresource.com/devil-head.htm
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I could be wrong, but I think Dr Spektor, made a nice replica of one of those devil-headed fortune tellers!
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The chimp one, right at the bottom of the page from the first link is very disturbing...

maybe, considering the money, it might be worth speaking to the guy who runs the lebanon circle and commisioning a smaller one, and have a bespoke design for the cards too? he does the spirit altar doesn't he...
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There's also the illusion version, as Madame Zelda in The Wizards' Journal #5 (on my site) can verify, although she can sometimes be ornary and downright mean.
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The cards do look cool.

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And if you didn't follow the link under the Twilight Zone picture in the Curator's post above, DO IT NOW!! There is a link to a complete set of instructions for building your own table-top fortune telling machine that is tres cool!
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Why not a fortune telling machine with a real (bizarre) magician inside. Disguised as an automaton...
Think about the possibilities.
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On 2008-01-29 04:19, Harlequin wrote:
I could be wrong, but I think Dr Spektor, made a nice replica of one of those devil-headed fortune tellers!


Yep - although I didn't make it - I actually got a fellow who does to not just make one - but I added in a design to it where I can suddely switch in cards covertly after I gathered some info from a spec - it is a very evil Q&A machine Smile

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Well this is appropriate. Along with the Carny Tarot, we are putting out Zultan. I won't go into details but it does involve something that is aged from the 1940's.

BTW, it's not a machine Smile
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Think about it.
You insert a coin in the machine, the coin rolls to the fake automaton who perform some kind of weird "trick" or manipulation (coin roll and vanish/ coin drops in hands-automaton performs coin roll-make a fake transfert and make the coin disappear in his mouth...).
Then does a "reading" or nice tarot effect, whatsoever. Possibilities are not endless but it may be a very nice show/animation in private parties. The situation is a perfect close-up one with your own table.
Can be a mute or speaking animation.
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Barry and Stuart did this type of thing on one of their Tv shows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWdKNtKtbPk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHBkdRq9y44&feature=user
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Wow, that was creepy
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Mind if I chime in? I too love The Twilight Zone and agree that the Shatner epsisode is a classic (aren't they all?).

The machine used in that particular episode is actually based on a real fortune teller machine that was popular at diners and Café's during the 1950's and 60's. They were nothing more than napkin holders (the napkins were free) which would give you a fortune for a penney. They were called Madam X or Swami, depending on the model (see photo). As a boy I recall seeing them in a local Café.

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While I don't currently own one of the machines (I've been looking for years) I do have a metal sign which came off of one of the holders - it is hanging on my wall in my office. I placed a blown up picture of the sign on the photo. I've come across a couple of the machines over the years, but none of them were in very good condition.

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Very cool Steve!

I have a feeling the TZ is a favourite of many on this forum Smile

Here is a link to a fellow who used to make them - he has published the design plans to create one of your own. However, it doesn't "work" unless you put in the real guts (sometimes you see knockoffs in Silver of this that on that Auction place). However, I talked to him and worked out a design as mentioned above for the covert insertion of a stacked deck of cards Smile... he builds them for die-hard fans but not inexpensively.

http://www.b9robotresource.com/devil-head.htm

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"Next stop Willoughby"!
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My wife and I are both collectors of those great toys from the past, attached is our "swami napking holder" in what we call our "Art Deco" room. Its been a great addition and one of the best conversation pieces in our Art Deco room. Everyone has seen that TZ episode and love to get their penny fortunes (We estimate we have about 200 or so fortunes left)

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UPDATE: Thru a stroke of luck I came across one of the original Madam X machines and it is in working order! It is being shipped to me as I am writing this post. Smile

In addition (from a different party - see photo) I have aquired an original advertising flyer and a small quantity of the original fortunes for the machine proper. Apparently, when the flyer was mailed to prospective buyers the manufacturer included some of the actual fortunes. Smile

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I will post some pictures of the machine when it arrives. Smile
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I lived in WIlloughby for a few years... nice place Smile

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An inexpensive way to have a Fortune Teller machine is to buy a small gumball machine. Use 1" capsules and type up whatever messages you need to use, like a fortune cookie prediction.

Then to Spook up the machine, paint it Black, add Skull or Devil stickers etc. You can also place that Devil head on the top or place a sign on top also.

These machines go very cheap on Ebay. It is not anywhere near as cool as a real fortune teller machine BUT this will work in a pinch.
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Wouldn´t it be cool to built a small printer inside that has a wlan connection and his own batteries? Then someone could react perfectly on the information he just got.
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On 2008-03-07 10:03, yachanin wrote:
I lived in WIlloughby for a few years... nice place Smile

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Everyone who visits Disneyland takes a pleasant trip to Willoughby, IMO. They enter it through the main gate, right past the posters for The Pirates of the Caribbean & The Matterhorn...and there it is: Main Street, USA.

Though modelled on Walt's memories of Marceline, Missouri, no small town in America was ever quite this perfect. A town this nice could only exist...in The Twilight Zone.

And, if you pop over to the Tower of Terror next door at Disney's California Adventure, there are spot-on replicas of the fortune telling device in question. Replicas? Eh, maybe they're authentic props. Enjoy the insane elevator ride...there's room for one more.

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Where are the fortune-telling devices in the Tower of Terror? We were just there.
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Look towards the window before the lights dim, look up at the shelf, then towards the television before Serling begins his spiel. BTW, you may spot a replica of Talking Tina and other iconic props from the show while entering the Tower. Watch for the chalk outlines on the wall -- they're adjacent to the mezzanine loading platform.
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As promised, here are some photos of the Madam X machine I recently purchased. The chrome needs to be polished but the machine does work. The plate on the front is old and faded, but as I mentioned earlier - I have an extra plate. All I need do is clean the machine a bit, replace the plate and she'll be all set and ready to go. When I received the machine it still had a small quantity of fortunes inside. So, I'm adding the other fortunes that came with the advertising flyer I purchased recently.

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Steve, think about some kind of Sam the Bellhop routine with the machine, as you may arrange the fortunetelling cards in any order...
Some weird inscription may also be written or punched in one of the cards.
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