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MAGIC 8-BALL

This is not a paper toy, but we decided to include it anyway, as this simple toy has provided amusement to millions world-wide for over half a century.

The Magic 8-Ball was invented in 1944 by Albert C Carter, a Cincinnati businessman. Two years later, be became partners with his brother-in-law, Abe Bookman, and formed Alabe Crafts Company to produce and promote the product. The initial device was named Syco-Seer which was encased in an iridescent crystal ball. Sales were lackluster until Chicago's Brunswick Billiards commissioned Alabe Crafts to make a version encased in a traditional black and white 8-ball. Sales took off and the rest is history. During the 1950's and 1960's, the renamed "Magic 8-Ball" was one of the most popular toys sold.

The Magic 8-Ball is a hollow plastic sphere resembling a typical 8-ball. although about twice as large. Inside is a sealed glass cylinder containing a deep blue-colored, viscous alcohol, and a white plastic 20-faced icosahedral die. Each face of the die has raised letters. There is a transparent window on the bottom of the sphere. When the Magic 8-Ball is turned over, with the flat glass bottom facing upward, the die floats to the glass and the user can read the message imprinted on the die.

The Magic 8-Ball was originally produced in New York and Chicago, and is still sold world-wide, although present production comes mainly from China.





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