Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Magician automaton transforms some surprising items under his hat

Here is an automaton by Dave Goodchild, made in 2005. The automaton depicts a magician performing the classic 'different items appearing from under a top hat' routine -- in this instance, a rabbit, a dove, a banana, and then finally a miniature version of the magician himself performing the trick. Very recursive! Magicians and historians should note the small red imp whispering into the conjuor's ear, a common trope in in advertising posters for magic shows in the 1800s. Bravo!

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Blogger DaveGoodchild said...

Thanks Dug, came as a bit of a surprise to see the old fella pop here! Only just spotted this - been too busy cutting gears to get near a computer today!!

June 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A beautiful attractive model. There is a second video in which the complicated mechanism can be seen. Reminds me of a paper model of Paul Sponer "Magic Soup". I modified it to the model "Rabbit out of the hat". ".
Photo here on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michael42er/8521162471

June 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

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