Chinese clockwork automaton from 1920 performs magic trick


7 Responses to “Chinese clockwork automaton from 1920 performs magic trick”

  1. tfox66 says:

    It’s by Henry Phalibois who took over his father’s firm in 1893, and sold his stock to Decamps in 1925.

  2. brotherbear says:

    There is a Museum of sorts, in the outskirts of Detroit called “Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum” Its stocked floor to ceiling (literally) with these clockwork automation things. You get a pocket full of quarters and just roam around in amazement, There are some priceless examples there. Its a bit of a fun house too with surprises around every corner, its classic BoingBoing.

  3. DMStone says:

    Techno. Warning. Please.

  4. DoorFrame says:

    “If you can afford to live in a balloon, you can afford a clockwork magician.” – Mark Twain

  5. Hunty says:

    Yay! My very own Peking Homonculus!

  6. gumbowing says:

    Small quibble but it’s a French automaton of a Chinese magician. It is attributed to Phalibois, a 19th century Paris automaton maker.

  7. Kevitivity says:

    This is the kind of cool stuff I expect to see at BoingBoing, not weird anti-globalization propaganda from leftist extremists.

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