Thursday, April 30, 2015

Some Jerry Andrus Illusions

We're pretty much moved into the new shop although I have a bunch of work to do still. I have been playing with several things of late... andrus1 My friend Jeanine oversees the estate of Jerry Andrus, a famous magician who lived in Albany, Oregon. That's Jeanine above, showing off the nuts illusion. She came over a couple of months ago and dropped off some of Jerry's optical illusions for me to get running so that they can be displayed in the Albany Regional Museum during the month of May. I really wish I'd know about Jerry, he was a fantastic and influential magician and loved optical illusions. There are tons of videos of him on Youtube. Also The Jerry Andrus Story Part 1 and The Jerry Andrus Story Part 2 on Vimeo.
andrus2 This is the Parabox. It is a single element that’s repeated in the revolving blocks illusion below.
Spook Blocks.
andrus4 You can see the nature of this type of illusion.andrus5 Jerry’s calendar. This is what he used to keep track of appointments.andrus6 It has seen better days.andrus7 This video shows it, poorly.
andrus8 The block illusion was fairly complete.andrus9 One of the “blocks” underside.andrus10 The illusion.andrus11 andrus12 They stick on the hub with magnets. The magnets are weak.andrus13 andrus14 The power cord had to go.andrus15 As did the train transformer. Being a crazy hoarder I have a box of train transformers.andrus16 The angle adjustment for the motor was nifty.andrus17 andrus18 “From 1 Rev 2 Sec to 1 Rev Ten Sec.”andrus19 I added a switch that could be actuated remotely (if they end up putting it in a case.)

This is what it looks like in action. I also made that ring.

andrus8For the starburst I needed to get a motor working. The junkbox produced a suitable one.andrus19 Some of the petals had broken loose from multiple repairs of epoxy and spot welding. I decided to use screws to hold the petals on.andrus20 andrus21 andrus22 I made a hub that connects it to the motor.andrus23 andrus24And bent up a little motor mount from sheet metal.

And here’s a short video of it in action.
Below are a bunch of pics of the calendar guts. I didn’t have enough time to get it fully working before the exhibit, there were many missing pieces, cut wires, etc. A pity, but I did get it cleaned up and it keeps time and date now. I completely forgot to take a picture of it all cleaned up. You’ll have to go to the exhibit, if they end up displaying it.
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