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Zoltan (with bonus summer and future talks)

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for-the ZOLTAN fortune-teller’s post. The video down below talks about ZOLTAN. I used this video in my last post, and it recycled for this post as well.

Now, although the video above tells you pretty much about the machine, here’s the story about it:

This fortune-teller was built way back from 1969. In this machine, Zoltan wears an orange and yellow hat with orange and blue flaps through the sides. On the top of the hat there is a yellow circle with a smaller, red circle in the middle. He wears red, long-sleeved shirt with yellow sleeve-ends and a yellow collar. He also has gray eyebrows, a gray mustache, and a gray beard. Here, he is seen putting his hands around a pure-white crystal ball, and his head appears to be looking down at it.


The thing with this machine is that Zoltan is not mechanical or animated, which means he does NOT move at ALL. He CAN speak, however.

ZOLTANs are smaller than the ZOLTAR SPEAKS fortune teller I talked about in 2 previous posts.

OKAY, here’s how use the machine:

You insert a dime, or 10 cents, into a hole on the front side to the right. Right below the coin slot, there is a little black telephone attached to the machine. You then pick it up and place it next to your ear. On the bottom of the front part of the box, you will see a row of little circle signs that are all different colors. On the bottom of each circle sign, there is a small, red button. You then press just one of those buttons, and then the crystal ball lights up, and Zoltan will start speaking. Zoltan tells you your fortune. When he is done, he will stop speaking, his crystal ball will stop lighting, and you place the phone back.

BUT…..ZOLTAN wasn’t the ONLY thing reviewed in this post. All above this paragraph was the ZOLTAN fortune-teller. Below talks about something different. I’m making this second part because today was something special.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, today was the last day of summer vacation. It’s kind of sad to see the that the no-school, summer season ended already :(. But I am glad I got to do many fun things before it ended :). Now my older brother Jake now lives in Boonville, Missouri, and my other older brother Aidan now lives in Seattle, Washington. One fun, summer memory of this year was that in late July, Me, My Parents, My Grandpa Jack and Aunt Sue, and Grandpa Jack’s friend Barb all went on a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 4 days. We went to a Brewers game, climbed a lighthouse, and went to the public museum. It was also fun helping my older brother Jake move to Boonville, MO, in early August as well :).

However, the end of summer wasn’t the only thing that made me down in the dumps today. In just 4 months from now, it will be my birthday. Yes, I know, birthdays are normally fun. But here’s the thing: I am 12 years old right now, so that means on my NEXT birthday, I’ll turn 13. You usually become a teenager after you become 13 years old, and If i’m a teenager, I won’t be a kid anymore. AND…..if I’m not a kid anymore, I can’t go on all the kid attractions, and I LOVE going on all these attractions!

Another thing that made me sad today is that I was going to record several “GO, DIEGO, GO!” episodes, but believe it or not, we don’t have the NICK JR. channel at our house anymore. It turns out that our Charter channel rate was too expensive, and to stop that, Mom and Dad got rid of a “Package” of channels. But we didn’t know that NICK JR. was in it. When I first found out that we no longer had the NICK JR. channel, I started crying right away. Mom sent Dad a text message about what we had discovered, and he wrote her back, but instead of bring back the original channel, he said we would look up several saved NICK JR. episodes on AMAZON, NETFLIX, and HULU. It didn’t want to follow Dad’s new plan and instead wanted to get the original channel back.

Oh, wait a minute:

If i’m older, that means I can grow up to be a man. And if I’m a man, I would certainly get married. My wife would be tall, an American, very sweet, and with brown hair. She would younger than I will, but not TOO much younger. She would be be shorter than I will, but not TOO much shorter. When we were in our mid-40’s, we would both go to a recording studio, both put on headphones, both put our mouths near microphones, and both sing together that “A WHOLE NEW WORLD” song from “ALADDIN” (the long, 4-minute cover from the end credits, not the short, 2 1/2 minute version from the film).

Maybe watching the NICK JR. shows from the special computer programs wouldn’t be so bad after all. They would be there the whole time, so I wouldn’t have to worry about deleting them. Also, there would be almost every single NICK JR. on there, so I could watch ones I never even recorded. Plus, even I don’t wanna watch things on the computer program, I could always go and watch some on my DVR recordings.

UPDATE, AUGUST 31, 2015:

Dad has brought back the NICK JR. channel!

Also, I don’t know if you guys know this, but at the Whitewater Middle School, they serve pizza for lunch EVERY DAY. Of course, they have other things I like there, also. On days they have those other things, I would take those, but on days they did NOT have those things, I would go and buy pizza, which I LOVE, so this means Mom won’t have to pack me a lunch anymore.

Plus, I still have Sundays and Saturdays off from school (of course everybody knows that), and well as Winter Break and Spring Break, which are both a week long. I would also have occasional days off as well, and you never know; we just MIGHT have SNOW DAYS off, too!

I guess I can tell my fortune ahead of time, even WITHOUT using the fortune-telling machines like ZOLTAN, but I still think they’re all very cool!

Well, that’s the end of the post. Again, a farewell to this year’s summer vacation, and I’ll be catching you soon with some more posts and updates this fall.


ZOLTAR and ZOLTAN….Alike or Different?

ZOLTAR SPEAKS is wishing (or fortune-telling) machine form Tom Hank’s 1988 film “BIG”. Here it inserts a quarter, or 25 cents, into it, aims the ramp at Zoltar’s mouth, makes a wish, presses a red button to release the coin, throws the coin in Zoltar’s mouth, and tosses out a card that says, “YOUR WISH IS GRANTED”. This version of ZOLTAR SPEAKS is very rare.


Another fortune-telling machine is ZOLTAN way back 1969, which was NOT in the movie.



Here it inserts a dime, or 10 cents, picks up a telephone, presses a button on the bottom scale, lights up the crystal ball, and tells your fortune through the phone.

ZOLTAR and ZOLTAN sound alike, don’t they? Well, that doesn’t mean the 2 machines are identical. They are pretty much different from each other.

Zoltar moves his head up and down, but the only sound he makes is breathing. Zoltan talks completely, but he’s nots mechanical or animated, which means he does not move at all.

Zoltar has a hat that is genie-ish. Zoltan’s hat is sort of egyptian-ish.

ZOLTAR SPEAKS shoots out cards. ZOLTAN does NOT shoot out cards.

ZOLTAR SPEAKS a practically like a long rectangle throughout the entire machine. ZOLTAN is practically like a small box on a pole.

ZOLTAN has a crystal ball. ZOLTAR SPEAKS has NO crystal ball.

The next 2 videos down below show how ZOLTAR SPEAKS works.

And another video down below explains you ZOLTAN works. Notice ZOLTAN is between a bunch of other fortune tellers, and none of then were ZOLTAR SPEAKS.

Starting at 0:15 in the ZOLTAN video, the guy even stated,

“….This is NOT to be confused with the one in the Tom Hanks movie “BIG”. That is ZOLTAR SPEAKS, not ZOLTAN. As this one clearly says, “ZOLTAN”. Okay, they are not the same, and this one was NOT in the movie. The one in the movie was actually a custom-made fortune teller, and it was not available commercially…..”

The only place on Earth where you can find BOTH of these machines is at the Kilroy’s slot machine store in the Warehouse district of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

ZoltanKilroys  Zoltar

(ZOLTAN and ZOLTAR SPEAKS as they appear at Kilroy’s Minneapolis shops.)

(Notice that the phone in ZOLTAN is a little bit broke, but I still think they’re both very cool!) BUT…. if you get very, very close-up to the ZOLTAN photo, it just MIGHT cost MORE than 10 cents….

You’d probably remember ZOLTAR SPEAKS and ZOLTAN when I talked about ZOLTAR SPEAKS in one of my previous posts-and you never know-I just MIGHT do a post all about ZOLTAN sometime in the future! I bet Zoltan sees me doing his post through his crystal ball.

But for now Ill say that THIS post is finished, and just wait until you see my further posts and updates!


Zoltar Speaks

In Tom Hanks’s 1988 movie BIG, as you probably know, there is a fortune teller machine named ZOLTAR SPEAKS. ZOLTAR Speaks is a machine that grants your wish for a quarter by getting the coin into Zoltar’s mouth through a ramp, and he makes breathing noises.

Zoltar Speaks

And yes, I have heard there a series of ZOLTAR FORTUNE-TELLER machines, but in my opinion, they look nothing like the one in the film.

Zoltar fourtne teller



Plus, they don’t even grant a wish at all. They just speak and tell your fortune through a crystal ball.

Also, there is another fortune-telling machine way back from 1969, named ZOLTAN, and that’s clearly not Zoltar either.


Zoltan does not move at all; he just speaks and his crystal ball lights up. ZOLTANs insert dimes, not quarters.

Also, as of August 2009, there is a ZOLTAR SPEAKS in some unknown amusement shop-as you can see here in this YOUTUBE video posted by BILLYBOBANDCOMPANY. Yes, this ZOLTAR SPEAKS makes a few differences to the original. If you listen carefully, you will hear that this Zoltar fortune teller laughs instead of breathes.

Plus the original ZOLTAR SPEAKS prop used in the film is on static display at the FALCON THEATRE in Burbank, California. I’m sorry to say, this ZOLTAR SPEAKS is on display only and today does NOT grant wishes.

Zoltar on display

Now after all that I’ve went through, I bet you’re wondering where you can find a working ZOLTAR SPEAKS that’s just like the one in the film. Well, there’s only one place on Earth where you can find one, and that’s at the Kilroy’s slot machine store in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.



For those of you who are curious, here’s the Kilroy’s address:

219 North 2nd Street, Suite B-100 (Downstairs), 55401

The man who build his machine is this guy named Roger Hess. I must report that the Vintage Brooch, Fabric, and Oval Pendant are different from the original, the head is little bit shorter, and the sun circles by and on the other side of the ramp are missing. Other than that, it’s like the movie version.

RYE PLayland

RYE Playland in New York is the famous final scene of ZOLTAR SPEAKS, and as you can see in this photo, a PEPSI machine is in place of the fortune teller. I have heard there is a newly-upcoming children’s museum there and they want to have a working ZOLTAR SPEAKS machine in the museum. They’re looking at several options, as well as having one custom-built by the Company that made the prop from the movie. I’m sure they’ll figure it out at some point.

That’s all I have for now, and I’m sure I’ll be seeing you guys again soon with some more posts.