Dophie Daniele and the Art of Time Travel (Using Typewriters) – Connect Savannah.com | Candle Made Easy

A few years ago, on my way to London’s Tate Modern, I spotted a small group of tourists huddled around two seated and rather eccentric-looking young men in coats, scarves and fedoras. They were typewriters. And after watching her for a while, my daughter and I paid her to tap out poems as gifts for our partners back in the States.

It was with great joy that I discovered Sophie Daniele and her collaborator Matt Propst on a sunny Saturday morning, lined up in Forsyth Park with dictionaries and vintage typewriters on old suitcases. We became engaged briefly as both were busy picking at their typewriters.

Despite being busy and distracted, Daniele’s vivacity was overwhelming. I took her card and promised to call to find out more about her newly formed Savannah Typewriter Society.

The vintage umbrella logo on Daniele’s business card matches this. The woman has myriad magical ideas, all of which she says fall under the heading of “traveling into the past.”

She describes the society not only as a poetry writing company, but describes it as an avant-garde entertainment company, a private association club membership, a non-profit service, an event planning company (including vegan catering and vintage rentals), to which it markets, among others. Wedding planners and film production teams.

The young business includes many additional concepts. Daniele bills herself as “the world’s exclusive typewriter fortune teller” and describes the typewriter company as “Savannah’s exclusive time travel entertainment production company and vintage rental.”

Her Instagram profile continues: “Author & International Psychic Medium/Animal Communicator. Expert in relocation and missing pets. Ordained matchmaking expert with 100% success rate. Based in Savannah, Georgia. Available worldwide.”

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Set up to deliver a fortune and a love poem at a recent wedding

Daniele first came to Savannah in late 2013 to do soul-tend.

She had left a marriage of more than twenty years and was ready to create new memories. Born in Paris, France (she retains dual nationality), she has lived a nomadic life with both her father and ex-husband serving in the military.

“As a lover of old things, Savannah spoke to me, as she did to so many. The history and architecture, the European influences attracted me.”

After a hiatus to switch properties in Asheville, run an Airbnb business in St. Simon’s and touring North Carolina for six months in her RV, Daniele is finally ready to settle down here.

So why the Savannah Typewriter Society?

“Well,” Daniele replies, “I believe in spirit and spirit brings me messages. It happens to everyone if they’re just careful. I’ve always been interested in the paranormal. I am a psychic medium. I’m a writer and my best friend Matt is a writer (of Savannah Cemeteries). I wanted to bring all my passions together and manifest this business.”

“I discovered that there are typewriter companies in other cities around the world,” she continues. “This is art. This is creative. But how do I make it unique?” She decided to incorporate her crystal ball, and now she’s saying, “I’m the typewriter fortune teller, the first on planet Earth!”

While attributing her psychic abilities to her Celtic heritage, Daniele says, “We all have that ability. We all have that intuition, that third eye. But society squeezes it out of you. You know, if someone is walking to their car late at night and they suddenly get goose bumps, that is your intuition or spiritual guide protecting you and you should never ignore it.”

“The typewriter is a divination tool,” continues Daniele, “both the typewriter and the crystal ball are a performance, a form of entertainment that draws people in. We started with the facility in Forsyth Park – the Central Park of the South – the best place to test the waters. My partner Matt is the typewriter Poet and I am the typewriter Fortune Teller.”

She feels blessed to have two influential people to accompany her on this journey ever since.

“They’re my friends and mentors now.” The first, Tom, has a Typewriters Society in Atlanta and has helped them find ten old typewriters and teaches them how to fix them. The second is a woman who owned a vintage rental business and is now Daniele’s source for fabulous vintage suitcases, tableware, furniture, accessories and business advice.

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Daniele the typewriter fortune teller

“I feel so fortunate to have these friends and these ideas manifested in my life. You know that manifesting is the Law of Attraction, which consists of three things: believe, ask and receive. If we adapt to it, it really works. You can call it whatever you want. Some people call it magic, some call it prayer, some call it god or the universe. Whatever you call it, it’s good, and we all have that power to harness.”

Typewriters naturally slow down our thought processes. There is no delete button. No submit button. No spell check. Daniele believes that people long to connect with the non-digital, elegant world they represent. Daniele’s vision for the Savannah Typewriter Society is to acquire typewriters, “lovingly restore them to full working order, and place them in select locations throughout downtown Savannah.”

She will ask companies to “host a public typewriter” and let their customers add typed and checked messages daily.

Daniele envisions a company that collaborates with our local community as well as with other artists and entertainers here. Whether you want a catered vegan dinner and great entertainment, a private séance in your salon, a matchmaking service, or a fortune typed or poem created at a birthday party, fun event, or wedding, the Savannah Typewriter Society has all for you. Travel back in time to a Victorian era with her and Matt. Or maybe, like me, you’ll meet her in Forsyth Park.

But back to the banks of the Thames in London… I can’t remember exactly how I described my husband Steve. Probably that he’s handsome and loves trees. The poem I received brought me to tears of laughter the first time I read it to my friends. And I never quite found out if Steve was flattered or offended.

LOVE

overwhelmed in this larger

Power, the sheer surge of it, the wave of

unhindered willing, the electric desire

the need, persistent, urgent

energized, the utter pleasure

for this masculine embodiment of beauty

this marble slab Steve

this oak tree rooted in the ground

in condition

of male life

hot blood in the veins and sparkling eyes

this Eros man

this Steve

from every girl

Dream.

The Savannah Typewriter Society is available for events, fundraisers, grand openings, picnics, fortune telling, etc. Learn more at about.me.sophiedaniele, on Instagram.com @savannahtypewritersociety and @typewriterfortuneteller, or call 912.247.9912

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