Here is video footage of the mysterious chess-playing automaton created in 1770 by Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen.
For more details about The Turk you might check out:
- The Wikipedia entry for The Turk
- The Turk: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteenth-Century Chess-Playing Machine
- Edison's Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life
- Chess Man VS Machine
- The Illustrated History of Magic