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Tobar

Dice Cabinet

Dice Cabinet

This trick allows you to make a dice vanish from the mysterious magic cabinet and reappear in your pocket or hat. Complete with instructions in five languages. Supplied by Tobar, Harleston, IP20 0TB, UK. www.tobar.co.uk.

Balancing Butterfly novelty

Balancing Butterfly novelty

The butterfly is much more than a magnetic decoration. The magnets on the back are positioned so that the butterfly will balance hovering horizontally defying gravity and supported only by the tip of its nose. For example, it will balance on a wine glass, as in the illustration on the back of the butterfly, or on a finger tip. Made in Great Britain by Tobar Limited, Norfolk.

Balancing Butterfly novelty

Balancing Butterfly novelty

The butterfly is much more than a magnetic decoration. The magnets on the back are positioned so that the butterfly will balance hovering horizontally defying gravity and supported only by the tip of its nose. For example, it will balance on a wine glass, as in the illustration on the back of the butterfly, or on a finger tip. Made in Great Britain by Tobar Limited, Norfolk.

“The Endless Landscape” – a 24 piece Myriorama

“The Endless Landscape” – a 24 piece Myriorama

In whichever order these 24 cards are laid side by side, the result will be a perfectly harmonious landscape. The packaging tells us that the Myriorama was a popular novelty during the 19th century. This version is apparently closely based on one published in Leipzig in the 1830s. Supplied by Tobar, St Margaret, Harleston, Norfolk.

Two examples of Hip Hop Jumps!

Two examples of Hip Hop Jumps!

These lively items can be made to jump by pushing the rubber dome inside out and then spinning them as you drop them flat onto a hard floor. This creates a loud pop as the rubber changes shape and the things jump up into the air by around 1.8 metres (6 feet). Made in China for TOBAR, Beccles, England. www.tobar.co.uk.

Mirascope optical illusion

Mirascope optical illusion

Inside the black dome are two parabolic mirrors which create a floating, 3D optical illusion of anything placed inside the Mirascope. The illusion is very powerful, although it is sensitive to angles. Made in China for TOBAR, Beccles, England. www.tobar.co.uk.

Metamorphoses – ever changing characters

Metamorphoses – ever changing characters

This set of ever changing characters was originally published in Germany circa 1890. This version was printed in England and published and distributed by TOBAR LIMITED, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0PJ. The internal pages are cut into strips so that many combinations of characters can be made.

Balancing Butterfly novelty

Balancing Butterfly novelty

Made by Tobar Limited, Norfolk, England. This is a well known novelty, with an additional benefit: the weights on the wing tips are magnets, so the item can be used as a fridge magnet when it is not being balanced. Tobar also had several other designs based on different butterflies.