This is a great item that is a wonderful and nostalgic example of vintage state-of-the-art technology. Back when this item came out in the 1950’s, this method was considered “advanced” electronics. It’s still effective today, but the mechanics have an old-fashioned charm.
The magician shows a small wooden case (about 3-1/2″ square and 2″ high,) and opens it to reveal a dial. The unit can be examined by a spectator. The performer then turns his back and the spectator sets the dial to any number from 1 to 12 and closes and locks the hasp on the lid.
The performer turns around and takes the clock and concentrates. He then announces the chosen number. The effect can be repeated ad nauseum.
This works at the push of a button…. When the unit is taken back, the magicians secretly presses one of the little white feet on the bottom and immediately a spot lights up showing the chosen number.
What’s remarkable about this is that the little box is examinable. It appears to be solid wood all around, despite the fact that the illuminated number can be seen through the wood base. The thing is also “light tight,” that is, t are no light “leaks” about the box. In the brightest room the display is still easily readable and in the darkest room nobody else will see anything but you.
This beautiful clock was made by Zaubertechnik Haug in Germany, probably most well known for their Spirit Bells which are often mistaken for the National Magic Spirit Bell. I
n perfect working condition, this unit is in excellent condition. Considering that it’s nearly half a century old, that is pretty remarkable.
Very brief English instructions.