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The Cups & Balls Automaton
"Are you watching closely?"
About this creation
Magician Jean-Robert Houdin was famous for using automatons in his stage show, and to pay homage to the master, I've tried my hand at making one.

A magician is seated at his table, with a little red ball before him. Turn the crank clockwise, and the little magician lowers a cup over the ball. When he lifts up the cup, the ball has disappeared. Turn the crank counterclockwise, and the magician lowers the cup again. When he raises it, the ball has returned. It's magic, gosh darn it.

The full mechanics of the contraption can be seen here and here

The machine in action:






Comments

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  April 27, 2010
Cool!
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  December 13, 2009
I just happened upon this on Brothers Brick, so I had to come back for another gander. Hard to believe this isn't more popular, maybe you need a sharpied clone in the corner of your pics. Just wanted to give you some more smileys for what is an amazing achievement in build.~H
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  November 18, 2009
Fantastic...you little creative genius, you!
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  November 16, 2009
Alex - you have earned a very rare 'wow' from me. Stunning job on this one from the lighting (as always) to actually getting the timing on this one right so it works. Lee.
Alex Eylar
Blake Buehl
  November 13, 2009
That's a good idea from Heather, make a monkey with symbals, with a crank that makes it clap. Those Gold plates for the symbals, right? That Music is from a Clint Eastwood Movie.
Alex Eylar
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Heather LEGOgirl
  November 13, 2009
Well that just blew me away. Frickin' awesome. With that music, it's almost a tad creepy too. Like those cymbal-clapping monkies. Do NOT take this apart. I have to see it in action for myself.
Alex Eylar
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Mark Legorski
  November 13, 2009
Wow.
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  November 13, 2009
Ummm, well, I'm with Chris, this is NOT what I expected. *tapping finger tips together* Excellent!~H
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  November 13, 2009
whoa, that's awesome! maybe I'll try my hand at somethiing like this one day. great job!
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  November 13, 2009
Very funny. Very original theme and MOC!
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  November 13, 2009
I always think it's good when a builder can show some range and prove he's not just a one-trick pony. Whether it be building just spaceships, or just mechs, or just castle, or in your case, just "shining lights through holes," or however you put it, I love to see a builder who may be somewhat typecast shake things up by going in a completely new direction. The Ikea Lamp Gangster goes all mechanical engineer on us! Love it!
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  November 13, 2009
Nice job with that.
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  November 13, 2009
AWESOME! That is just too cool!
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  November 13, 2009
It's... gone!?
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  November 13, 2009
Wow, that is amazing! ~ J
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  November 13, 2009
Nice work!
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  November 13, 2009
Nice mechanics. Very creative!
Alex Eylar
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Blake Buehl
  November 12, 2009
You genius.
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  November 12, 2009
Seriously?!? No offense, but this is RIDICULOUS! You've outdone yourself with the mechanics. Great work!
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  November 12, 2009
Impressive
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  November 12, 2009
From the title I thought this would be something TOTALLY different... Thanks for putting my mind at ease. This is AWESOME Alex! Bring it to brickworld next year! ~ Chris.
 
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