3 Must-See Puzzle Movies
December 1, 2022

3 Must-See Puzzle Movies

For fans of puzzle movies, three films stand head and shoulders above the rest: The Last of Sheila (1973), Clue (1985), and The Game (1997).

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History of Spinning Tops
November 21, 2016

History of Spinning Tops

Ancient Tops Spintops are among the oldest toys ever discovered by archaeologists. A clay top unearthed in Iraq was dated to 35th century BC—nearly...

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Avant Card
November 16, 2016

Avant Card

Cardistry is the art of manipulation of playing cards as performance. Dan and Dave Buck, the pioneers of Cardistry, along with Andrew Avila, one of...

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Delivery Challenge
September 9, 2016

Delivery Challenge

Dan and Dave have just finished sealing up three gigantic crates full of playing cards. One crate is full of blue decks, one crate is full of red d...

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Fun with Ambiguous Images
September 8, 2016

Fun with Ambiguous Images

Some of the most popular optical illusions are illustrations that offer multiple interpretations. Two viewers can look at the same image and see to...

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Boxing Match
August 25, 2016

Boxing Match

Dan and Dave are packing up orders at the Art of Play warehouse. Dan presents Dave with three boxes and asks him to print out shipping labels. Dave...

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Deadly Treasure
August 11, 2016

Deadly Treasure

A pirate captain presents his prisoner with eight golden coins and a challenge: if the prisoner can identify the single genuine gold doubloon in th...

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History of the Burr Puzzle
August 4, 2016

History of the Burr Puzzle

The "Burr," "Knot" or "Chinese Cross" is one of the oldest and most popular mechanical puzzles in the world. The origin of the puzzle is unknown bu...

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Fun with the Droste Effect
August 3, 2016

Fun with the Droste Effect

The "Droste effect" refers to the technique of creating a recursive image or, put more simply, a picture inside of itself. The Droste effect gets i...

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Fun with Zoetropes
August 2, 2016

Fun with Zoetropes

The Zoetrope or “wheel of life” is an analog animation device that predates the dawn of cinema. Invented by William George Horner in 1834, the mach...

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History of the Nine Dot Problem
August 2, 2016

History of the Nine Dot Problem

The nine dot problem is a classic lateral thinking exercise that gained widespread popularity in the 1970's and 80's. Participants are presented wi...

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