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Brenner Magic Robot Impressionist identified

Postby doofus » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:00 pm

A friend in the States has purchased this robot fortune teller but he has no knowledge of its history I wonder if anyone can shed light on it.
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Re: Robot Fortune Teller

Postby badpenny » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:17 am

Worryingly all I can concern myself with is........ Do you stand facing it or sit in it?
Either way you stand to lose more than your concentration.

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Re: Robot Fortune Teller

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:56 am

Interesting find.
My guess is that this was produced by one of John George Brenner's companies (active from the '30s-'50s), such as Original Machine Manufacturers Ltd. of Southend. Does it have any markings on it? J Brenner built a number of metal-constructed, floor-standing, fortune tellers in various 'future-science' guises. Comparing the card vending mech to that of a known Brenner machine might confirm this.

Edit to add: Consulting Arcades & Slot Machines, I see Original Machine Manufacturers Ltd. made a fortune teller called Robot King in 1935.

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Re: Magic Robot Impressionist

Postby john t peterson » Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:43 pm

What a fabulous piece of whimsy. See if your friend can supply more pictures for us including close-up shots of the card mechanism.

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Re: Magic Robot Impressionist

Postby slotalot » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:46 pm

It looks to me as if the cards were dispensed from a roll :!?!: would love to know more !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Magic Robot Impressionist

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:08 pm

That's another reason Brenner comes to mind. I once owned a Brenner White Magic fortune teller. From memory, it had a similar step-in metal box cabinet with vertical grip poles and a paper roll-dispensing mechanism. I still have the roll.

Edit to add old Poloaroid of Brenner White Magic.
Notice the identical lower half with swing out access panel and card dispensing aperture.
White Magic dates from 1946. I think the Magic Robot is a bit earlier.
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Re: Brenner Magic Robot Impressionist identified

Postby slotalot » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:37 pm

I have just re-found this old photo that I got from the back of the internet at some time or other. Thought to be on Blackpool prom,1939...ish??? :!?!:
Not sure of maker !PUZZLED!
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Re: Brenner Magic Robot Impressionist identified

Postby badpenny » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:29 pm

Hasn't aged ..........
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Re: Brenner Magic Robot Impressionist identified

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:10 pm

This one was telling fortunes in Selfridges, London around 1934.
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They used to draw a crowd, didn't they?

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Re: Brenner Magic Robot Impressionist identified

Postby cheeky » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:30 pm

They used to have one of these in the Wonderland arcade in Southend.

I spoke to the new owner about 5 years ago who binned it! !PUZZLED!


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