European academics of the 18th and 19th centuries were particularly interested in mysticism and alternative theories. Hence, various pseudo-sciences, the practice of predicting the future from a crystal ball, fortune-telling with tarot cards, and spiritualism sessions with the help of mediums – mediators between people and the world of spirits – were prevalent, significantly more than everything and in the bored elite.
Theodor von Ropp was an avid traveler and collector of art values. From foreign trips, he brought home paintings and sculptures by famous artists and unprecedented experiences and innovations.During one trip to France, the young baron saw the signboard “Libraire” in the labyrinths of Paris on the Rue de Tournon street. He unexpectedly entered one of these mysterious salons that prophesied the future. Although, at that time, the baron looked at the visit to the fortuneteller’s secret room as exciting entertainment and did not believe in any of the fortuneteller’s predictions, he was still amazed to hear incredibly accurate details of his life, character traits, and over time all the prophecies made by the mysterious lady came true. Thus, the mysterious “Salon de Fortune” appeared under the same roof as the Panopticon, where you can see your own fate.
Salon of Fortune is a part of festivals or the Historical Adventure Park program.