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
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
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!