This item can be restored. Please see Fortune Telling Machine/Restoration
These are very popular in penny arcades, boardwalks, and amusement parks. The antique ones can be quite valuable, if taken care of.
- Fact 1: Magician David Copperfield reportedly offered a museum in Virginia City, Montana two million dollars for a very rare talking fortune telling machine, which played fortunes from a record player.
- Fact 2: Fortune telling machines are typically equipped with animatronic gypsies, but all sorts of characters have been used over the years.
- Fact 3: Animatronics are typically moved by electricity and pneumatics, or powered air, but some of the more advanced ones can utilize hydraulics, or pressurized fluid.
- Fact 4: One of the most famous usages of a fortune telling machine was in the movie "Big," featuring Tom Hanks. Original Zoltar machines are now very rare collector's items.
- Fact 5: Fortune telling machines were very popular in penny arcades, board walks, and billiard parlors, and typically cost a nickel when they were new.