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Do you have or want a fortune teller? Zoltar


By ovfdfireman

2 years ago



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    “Fortune Teller?”

    • I have one! 1 vote
      3%
    • Always wanted on but too expensive! 18 votes
      46%
    • Worth it, just buy one! 1 vote
      3%
    • Don’t want a fortune teller! 19 votes
      49%

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    #1 2 years ago

    Do you own or dream of owning a fortune teller? I have wanted one for years and come to the realization a used one is never going to happen. Curious is I am crazy in thinking I need to buy a new one!

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    #2 2 years ago

    No idea, I think of the movie BIG. Anyway I saw one last thursday traveling in Deadwood, S.D. it was cool and it worked.

    #3 2 years ago

    There's a few companies that do make fortune teller games, but they sure aren't cheap.

    https://zoltar.org/

    https://www.charactersunlimited.com/characters/zoltar/

    https://www.bmigaming.com/games-arcade-fortunetellers.htm

    Surprisingly, I've actually seen one out in the wild at a rest stop in the past year.

    Also, I know where one of these has been on location for decades:

    http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/mgrandp.htm

    On top of that, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum has several various fortune teller style games.

    #4 2 years ago

    I always wanted to have one and instead of the fortunes, stock it with custom cards that say stuff like "I have gas" and "You wasted 50 cents" or "This is what your life has come to?" - gag cards.

    #5 2 years ago

    the pinball company has a zoltar, but you're gonna pay heavily!

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    I always wanted to have one and instead of the fortunes, stock it with custom cards that say stuff like "I have gas" and "You wasted 50 cents" or "This is what your life has come to?" - gag cards.

    Custom cards are available, I found them on Characters Unlimited

    #7 2 years ago

    One on EBay, but you can buy new for a small amount more
    ebay.com link: ZOLTAR SPEAKS FORTUNE TELLER MACHINE

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from ovfdfireman:

    Do you own or dream of owning a fortune teller? I have wanted one for years and come to the realization a used one is never going to happen. Curious is I am crazy in thinking I need to buy a new one!
    [quoted image]

    It is my wife’s dream to have a Zoltar. To this point I cannot justify dropping the cash to buy one. I did get a T-800 for my birthday this year and wanted one for ever but couldn’t pull the trigger. I would assume in the future I will find the way to get it done. Probably a photo booth at some point as well because I am crazy.

    #9 2 years ago

    There is a local place that has one of these and I prefer the females, somehow creepier.

    ebay.com link: Estrellas Prophecies Fortune Telling Machine

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    Maybe it reminds me of Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion.

    #10 2 years ago

    Kevin, owner of the Flipside in Loveland, Colorado made one, pretty cool stuff.

    #11 2 years ago

    Im in the process of restoring this nice find....Dont know yet if Im keeping it or have room....

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    #12 2 years ago

    How 'bout one of these, I found a swami ball the other day at a garage sale dirt cheap.

    http://gemmy.wikia.com/wiki/Spirit_Balls

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    #13 2 years ago
    Quoted from ovfdfireman:

    Do you own or dream of owning a fortune teller? I have wanted one for years and come to the realization a used one is never going to happen. Curious is I am crazy in thinking I need to buy a new one!
    [quoted image]

    Speaking realistically, how long before the novelty wears off?

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from poppapin:

    Speaking realistically, how long before the novelty wears off?

    Probably an hour, but cool decor and the guests would love it as well. A lot of things are collected for display like antiques, often think of an antique penny type arcade. Feel like those would quickly just sit as well. I just need a bigger space!

    #15 2 years ago

    I've got this Characters Unlimited fortune teller. It was made for a shoe store, she (Gigi) has many different sayings...about shoes and running LOL! I was planning on changing her outfit and getting my wife to record some more appropriate mystical fortune teller speech. Her mouth movements are keyed to the recorded speech and there are custom message instructions on the CharUnlimited website. Anyway, she is just a little too tall for my basement so I'd be willing to let her go for 3800.00
    This is the upgraded deluxe cabinet version, she has moving head, eyes, mouth, arm. Includes a new stack of generic fortune cards and even a custom shipping case!!! No coin mech but it's easy to add that if you want. These are very cool, doubt you will find one for less.
    I'm about 20 min from Expo. If she sells I'll donate the normal fee to pinside, if not...maybe I'll turn her into a wrench predicting gypsy and keep her in the garage!

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    1 month later
    #16 2 years ago

    I just dropped the price to 2950.00 !! A few new pix added to the classified ad.
    Would be an easy pick up if you are coming to the Chicagoland show.
    If you wanted one of these at a reasonable price, now is your chance.
    Thx, Mark

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from Racerx:

    I just dropped the price to 2950.00 !! A few new pix added to the classified ad.
    Would be an easy pick up if you are coming to the Chicagoland show.
    If you wanted one of these at a reasonable price, now is your chance.
    Thx, Mark

    SOLD!

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    #18 11 days ago

    Time to bring this thread back, I finally did it, no regrets, and quite frankly haven’t been this excited for a toy for a long time!

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    #19 11 days ago

    New?

    #20 11 days ago

    That’s awesome I am very jealous!!

    #21 11 days ago

    Also which model did you get and where if you don’t mind me asking? I believe there is one that animatronic and one that doesn’t move as much.

    #22 11 days ago

    Hey I forgot about this thread! RacerX sold the Gigi above to someone in WI and at the right price I brought her HOME! My wife loved the concept but the scary blond chick Had to go!! lol I did some creative wood working, metalwork and paint to convert the cabinet over to a home fitting for Zoltar! One call to Characters Unlimited and I had some of the internal pieces sent to me to make the final She to He conversion. Turned out Awesome and Zoltar Lives.

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    #23 11 days ago
    Yes brand new!

    Quoted from jorge5240:

    Also which model did you get and where if you don’t mind me asking? I believe there is one that animatronic and one that doesn’t move as much.

    I bought everything available, went with deluxe, if you want full feature just don’t get “economy”. Deluxe and standard are the same accept cabinet size. So it just depends on the space you have.

    #24 11 days ago
    Quoted from ovfdfireman:

    Yes brand new!

    I bought everything available, went with deluxe, if you want full feature just don’t get “economy”. Deluxe and standard are the same accept cabinet size. So it just depends on the space you have.

    What was the ship time on one of those bad boys?

    #25 11 days ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    What was the ship time on one of those bad boys?

    Pretty responsive company. As long as you opt for one of the stock models I think it only takes a few weeks. Word of warning, if you get the protective shipping case it a HUGE. Basically a band road case to transport the unit in about the size of a refrigerator. Have my case in the garage and store my winter tires in the cabinet lol. Great people to work with. Owner answers often and they help with anything. Not a cheap toy new though...

    #26 11 days ago

    Very cool. Is this the one where the coin drops into Zoltar’s mouth?

    #27 11 days ago
    Quoted from Mike_J:

    Very cool. Is this the one where the coin drops into Zoltar’s mouth?

    No that was a one off made for the film. I do have the drawing and plan to make one for my game just for cosmetics.

    #28 10 days ago

    That blond chick IS creepy

    #29 10 days ago

    The new Zoltar is awesome!

    #30 10 days ago

    There was a dude on here that was having the one made where the coin drops in the mouth. The project kept getting pushed back and back. I hope he eventually got it.

    The prototype was amazing.

    #31 10 days ago

    A friend of mine and I took one of the 80s style fortune tellers and converted it to run off of a raspberry pi with a thermal printer so we could do custom fortunes. There’s a small rPi camera hidden in it that snaps a photo as soon as the player starts it. It’s connected to WiFi so it can talk to Amazon AWS to use their image recognition platform to identify people that have received fortunes before. The fortune it gives can be modified based on things like coming back too soon after being told to try again later or if there are multiple people in the photo. It will also pick certain people to always receive a positive or negative fortune, or even the exact same fortune.

    Ton of fun at parties!

    #32 10 days ago
    Quoted from darrenex:

    A friend of mine and I took one of the 80s style fortune tellers and converted it to run off of a raspberry pi with a thermal printer so we could do custom fortunes. There’s a small rPi camera hidden in it that snaps a photo as soon as the player starts it. It’s connected to WiFi so it can talk to Amazon AWS to use their image recognition platform to identify people that have received fortunes before. The fortune it gives can be modified based on things like coming back too soon after being told to try again later or if there are multiple people in the photo. It will also pick certain people to always receive a positive or negative fortune, or even the exact same fortune.
    Ton of fun at parties!

    This is legit!!!

    #33 10 days ago
    Quoted from PinballAir:

    That blond chick IS creepy

    Tell me about it! If anyone is in the market for used blond head and her hands let me know! (Lol I can only imagine where this is going to go). Converted over it was a steal and we love it now.

    #34 10 days ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    There was a dude on here that was having the one made where the coin drops in the mouth. The project kept getting pushed back and back. I hope he eventually got it.
    The prototype was amazing.

    Posted back in feb of 2019. I was tempted to order one but never pulled the trigger. I love the antique ones with the wax heads and expanding contracting lungs but they go for crazy money. Last few I saw sold for 25-50,000.

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    #35 10 days ago

    I’ve got a 1cent countertop Mills Wizard.

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    #36 10 days ago

    Also have an Exhibit Supply 1930’s 1cent fortune teller.

    I’ll look to see if I can find some of my old Mike Munves coin op catalogs that show some of the amazing antique machines from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

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    #37 8 days ago

    It took some digging thru boxes but I found some of the old mike munvees coin op catalogs from the early mid 50’s. Also found a reprint of a Mills catalog from 1912 with a couple really cool Fortune Tellers.

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    #38 8 days ago

    Cool to see the original front of my Crystal Gazer fortune teller that was replaced at some point. $75 original cost in the 50’s.
    Hopefully someday I’ll add a life like grandma or other variation fortune teller to my collection! They are so damn cool!!!

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    #39 7 days ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Tell me about it! If anyone is in the market for used blond head

    Might be worth asking this question on the Helen Hunt fan page.

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    #40 6 days ago
    Quoted from RTS:

    Might be worth asking this question on the Helen Hunt fan page. [quoted image][quoted image]

    Now it just tripled in value, could have made that one into a “twister” fortune teller!

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