HOMEBREW My Big Fortune Teller

By Roger Hess

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Photography by Roger Hess and Becky Hart

Tom Hanks may have received top billing for the 1988 film Big, but one of the most pivotal characters received no screen credit at all. This character was not an actor, but a 9-foot mechanical arcade machine that grants your wish for a quarter.

While Zoltar Speaks may appear to be one of the finest examples of a vintage fortune-teller machine ever designed, it was unfortunately only a movie prop. And when you’re a collector who really wants a fantasy collectible that never existed, you make one yourself. I was able to build the replica shown here entirely in ...

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