Monday, June 19, 2017

Desktop Mutoscope featuring Animations by Anna Taberko

Our friend Joe Freedman at LeafPDX wrote to tell us about a new mechanical animation project.

Joe writes:
I just launched my new Kickstarter project which is Desktop Mutoscope in collaboration with a young animator from Minneapolis, Anna Taberko. Her work consists of blooming flowers, swirling insects, and animals. These animated loops capture illustrations in a constant state of motion, whether they're moving or standing still.

Here is the Kickstarter page where you can see the animations in action. Beautiful!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wizard automaton performing magic trick is made entirely out of LEGO!

Check out this amazing wizard automaton made by Teun de Wijs in Holland.

Teun writes:

As a kid, I was lucky enough to visit the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in London a few times, and automata have held a lasting fascination for me ever since. Unfortunately, I don't have my own workshop for making my own gizmos, but I've recently discovered that LEGO is a pretty good alternative.

A very good alternative, indeed! Amazing work!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The passing of Marvin Yagoda (1938 - 2017)

Marvin Yagoda, founder of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, Michigan has passed away at the age of 78. He was known to say that he would try to make the world better one smile at a time. He did just that and the museum of coin-operated amusements he created will continue to do it for years to come.

The video above features Marvin serving as subjectmatter expert on the show American Pickers.

Here is a nice article about Marvin Yagoda from The Detroit News.

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