Fortune Machine

The Fortune Machine is a fun, portable live drawing interactive booth. A token is inserted into the machine, the curtains open and the all-seeing pen comes to life!  A real-life fortune teller is inside the booth who will draw a fortune that is unique and personal to each person.

Your guests will love the entertainment of watching the drawing happen right before them by a local Atlanta illustrator. It’s a fun experience and entertainment event in one. Your future looks bright and promising!

We currently offer two fortune options: short form and long form. Short form fortunes are best for high volume public events. The interaction time per guest averages 1-2 minutes per fortune. Long form fortunes include a short questionnaire and more detailed fortune drawing and are suitable for a limited number of guests at a private event. The interaction time per guest averages 5-6 minutes per fortune.

YES! Its available to book for your party, festival or corporate event.
Please CONTACT US with information about your event and we can see if the fortune machine is available.

Past bookings include the High Museum of Art, Madewell, Art on the Beltline, Atlanta Streets Alive, corporate launch parties and private weddings. We are available for your party, wedding or store event. Many of our events are private but we will post upcoming public bookings on our Instagram page.

Book by the hour for a flat fee with a minimum of two hours. Available for events within the Atlanta area. Please inquire about opportunities elsewhere. Inquire for rates, they range from $500 to $2000 or more per event. Typical rates are below but note rates subject to change at any time.

Private Party Rates
Hosting a graduation or birthday party, these rates apply to individual private parties.
2 hours (set-up/load-out included) with 1 hour of active drawing time is $500
3 hours (set-up/load-out included) with 2 hours of active drawing time is $750
4 hours (set-up/load-out included) with 3 hours of active drawing time is $1000

If you require an on-site coordinator to encourage guests to engage with the booth, an additional flat rate fee of $250 is required.

Wedding and Corporate Rates
Special circumstances may alter rates, especially given the time frame of set-up and load-out. For instance, events that require set-up to occur earlier than one hour before the active drawing start time is subject to an additional fee.
Two hours of active drawing time is $1000
Three hours of active drawing time is $1500
Four hours of active drawing time is $2000
All-day events, please inquire for rates.

We require a 50% non-refundable deposit for all events and to hold your date. The remaining balance is due the day of your event.


Fortunes are drawn on the spot and take approximately 1-2 minutes per guest (short form) and 5-6 minutes per guest (long form) from start to finish. Most events do not anticipate every person receiving a fortune as the interactive booth is engaging to all who watch and listen. However, please estimate that we can draw about 40-50 fortunes per hour (short form) and 15-20 fortunes per hour (long form).

All fortunes are light hearted and playful. In other words, don’t worry, we won’t be telling your guests that they die in 6 years. We can’t see death and destruction. Our ghosts only smile.

The Paper Ghost Fortune Machine is a project by Mike Lowery, Sarah Neuburger and Katrin Wiehle.