Superstorm Sandy not only destroyed businesses and homes but some of our favorite Coney Island attractions, including the ominous ‘Cleveland Grandma Fortune Teller.’
In the video above, posted by NationalJukeBox, John Poppa shares the history of the famous wax figure which dates back to the late 1920s. When Poppa’s repair shop received Cleveland Grandma, Sandy had put it in bad shape, messing up the moving eyes and the mechanical hands.
The most disappointing thing about the video was seeing a behind the scenes demonstration on how these fortune tellers work. I just assumed they operated on magic like the creepy fortune telling guy from the movie Big.
Thanks to Deno’s Wonder Wheel on Twitter for tipping us off on the video!