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James Dalgety

Nine rods and strings novelty

Nine rods and strings novelty

As you slide the rods up and down along the strings, you see the number of strings varying. The puzzle expert James Dalgety has made the point that, when the strings become tangled up, it is quite a puzzle to sort them out again. The material of the rods is either bone or ivory.

Ten rods and strings novelty

Ten rods and strings novelty

As you slide the rods up and down along the strings, you see the number of strings varying. The puzzle expert James Dalgety has made the point that, when the strings become tangled up, it is quite a puzzle to sort them out again. Item N2732 has a different colour scheme but is the same novelty.

Ten rods and strings novelty

Ten rods and strings novelty

As you slide the rods up and down along the strings, you see the number of strings varying. The puzzle expert James Dalgety has made the point that, when the strings become tangled up, it is quite a puzzle to sort them out again. Item N2733 has a different colour scheme but is the same novelty.

“Hurricane Balls”

“Hurricane Balls”

This was a gift from Tim Rowett to John Davenport and other attendees at James Dalgety’s puzzle party on 9 June 2001. The idea is to spin the two ball bearings (which are welded together) on a flat surface, and then speed up the spinning rate by blowing on them using the pipe. The balls can be accelerated to an incredibly high rotational speed. The Hurricane Balls were sold by Grand Illusions with LED torches to create amazing illumination patterns.

The Nodding Donkey – A New Optical Delusion

The Nodding Donkey – A New Optical Delusion

This joke optical illusion card is Copyright 2001 James Dalgety. It came into the collection as part of the Grand Illusions (www.grand-illusions.com) Christmas Pack 2018/2019. James based it, with permission, on a much earlier card that he saw when he visited the Davenport Collection. Should you follow the instructions on the card, you won’t see a nodding donkey, but people watching you will see one.