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veegates
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Hi,
I am hoping someone might have any info on this style of Satyr head. I made this one from a photo I saw. I believe the original was operated by pistons. I am not sure. I made mine to operate with a clockwork mechanism. Has any seen this style? Did they make them with clockwork? Do you know who made the originals?
Thank you so much!!

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Wow that looks great --- can you give the effect for those of us that don't know.
P.S. what is it made of.
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Hi,
The effect is the magician has 3 members of the audience 'pick a card'. He shuffles the cards back into the deck. He walks to the table where there is a velvet bag. When he removes the bag, there is the head. The magician walks away from the table, he draws attention to the Satyr. In a few moments the eyes start moving as if looking at the audience. The magician holds the deck in front of the head so he may have a look. In a couple of seconds one of the cards pop out of his mouth shortly after the two remaining cards appear at the top of his head and the Satyr becomes still once more.
I know it is an old effect but I think it still holds it's own.
I am trying to figure out who made the original that I saw in the picture that inspired me to build this one.
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I believe the actual prop is in the Ken Klosterman collection. I remember seeing it when I got the tour years ago. It's the real deal ...

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Klosterman has one and Ray Goulet also made some reproductions as also did Owens.

Reminds me of my exwife.

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Hello Veegates,
That's a very impressive apparatus you made! Are you a builder?
Martinka Magic had a Satyr's Head (called Mephisto) in their catalogue in the 1890s. It was a wild looking thing, and I assume they built it in-house. They are soon issuing a remake, much along the lines of yours. Their site is http://www.martinka.com/martinka/index.html
And Richard, in case you are still monitoring this thread - I used the Orange Tree in a performance last Sunday - worked like a charm!
Bob
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Looks great!

Collector's Workshop had one out years ago. They (Viking/CW) are now advertising Satyr II. Not sure if it's out yet or just out of stock!

https://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=631

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Bob,
Glad the orange tree worked out for you. I am trying to get this next one done and maybe get some breathing room to go on model two and three this year.

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That one is a copy of the original Martinka design. Regarding the internal mechanism, there were several variations, one of which used clockwork.

We will be re-issuing a version in the near future, please check http://www.martinka.com or email us for updates.

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The Satyr "Illusion" appears in Modern Magic as the Demon's Head. The Hoffmann version was operated by pistons concealed in the table top.

Since clockwork was not unheard of back then, it is quite likely that British makers had clockwork Demon's heads as well.
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