Jacque St. Germaine, infamous New Orleans Vampire, returns to the French Quarter
Boutique du Vampyre, located at 709 ½ St. Ann Street, in the French Quarter, will be welcoming notorious 18th Century vampire, St. Germaine, to the boutique as it’s resident fortune teller. However, St. Germaine will be safely behind glass in a fortune cabinet. Thursday, September 18, 2014 the unveiling party will start at noon and run to 9 p.m. St. Germaine charges five dollars per fortune. The animated character will address visitors personally, print out their fortune, and each card will also be a possible winner for a gift from the boutique. There will also be complimentary popcorn provided in the spirit of old carnival fun.
The St. Germaine fortune teller cabinet is made by Characters Unlimited, the same company that makes the popular Zoltar fortune telling machines. “I’ve been dreaming of acquiring one of these machines for my customers to have fun with while visiting our boutique”, says Marita Crandle, owner of Boutique du Vampyre. “However, I really wanted to create my own character and he had to be a vampire. “I asked Olaf, at Characters Unlimited, if I could make him St. Germaine. I was thrilled when he told me I could design him, dress him, and even write his vocabulary. It was too good to be true. I think St. Germaine is going to quickly become one of the focal points of our store”.
Jacque St. Germaine, was reported to have lived in the French Quarter, on the corner of Royal and Ursulines Streets in the early 1900s. He apparently admitted to being related to Count St. Germaine, a 18th Century alchemist, while many people believe he was actually Count St. Germaine himself – a man that throughout history, never seemed to age beyond 40 years.
One evening he reportedly enticed a young woman to his home. However, she jumped off of his balcony after he apparently bit her on the neck. The police were called and he was ordered to report to the police station the next day. However, St. Germaine never made it to the police station the next day, rather, he disappeared. The authorities discovered several bottles in his home, half filled with wine, and half with human blood.
“St. Germaine, seemed to be the perfect vampire for the job”, said Crandle. She explains that every so often on the back of the fortune cards, there will be a coupon for something from the boutique, like a deck of tarot cards, or a fortune candle, making the 5 dollar St. Germaine fortune more than worth the investment.
Crandle says she can also turn off the pre-recorded messages, and talk through St. Germaine, to really have fun with her customers. “There’s something so magical about these carnival style machines”, says Crandle. “When customers wander into our boutique, we hope that they temporarily leave reality, and are transported by our little curiosity shop, to a magical and mysterious place, where they can explore the mystical part of life. From vampire shrunken heads to fortune candles to bottled spirits, we try to offer something for everyone. We feel that St. Germaine will be a wonderful addition to the feel of the shop, while giving customers a fun experience during their visits.
Boutique du Vampyre is located at 709 ½ St. Ann street, at Royal Street. Come by, have a little popcorn, and try your luck at winning a prize while St. Germaine tells your fortune.