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Mechanical Toys

Vortex Dome
This is a beautiful physics toy designed for your desk. A vortex lives in here, just spin the gorgeous glass dome to see it!
£ 60.00
Magnificent Dinosaur Machine
Turn the handle to watch the Dinosaur walk and ROAR! Darwin the cat gets a bit scared by the roar and disappears down the chimney.
£ 14.99
Neon Flicker
When you flick the piezoelectric strip to and fro, it generates enough electricity - over 105 volts - to light the neon bulb. 
£ 9.99
Infinity Loop

High Quality Stainless steel spring! Rolls like a metallic bubble! 3D Kinetic Spring! A Springy Slinky for your arm!

£ 4.99
Magic Cube
An elegant, transforming geometric puzzle. Based on the Yoshimoto Cube, which we used to sell about 20 years ago!
£ 9.99
Ruford the Dog
Our large green dog, Ruford, is an awesome transforming Truck and Puppy! First, wind him up and he rolls happily along like a normal truck. Suddenly, the legs, head and tail come out. He stands up and starts walking as a dog! He then folds back into a truck and starts rolling again! Wind-up toys have been around for more than 100 years, but this morphing toy does so much more than your grandma’s wind-up toys! No batteries needed - just wind him up! Size: 6.5" Long (6.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches) Comes packaged in a windowed gift box.

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£ 8.99
World Architecture Calendar 2018
Could the 2018 World Architecture Calendar be the perfect gift that will last all year round and brighten up any desk?

The calendar comes flat in a sturdy box.  Each end has a magnet that, when swiveled around will clip together to reveal pop up buildings, statues and monuments from around the globe.
£ 14.99
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Happy Hat
The makers say that it is literally impossible to be unhappy whilst wearing one of these Happy Hats! 
£ 2.99
Fling Stick
The Fling Stick is a paper wand that when you 'fling' it, extends up to 48 inches. It also features 12 different sound effects for added fun!
£ 3.99
Wobblo
When you rotate the Wobblo in your hand, the metal ball inside starts spinning, creating some really magical movements. 
£ 5.99
Brandy or Port Pipe
Hand made specially for Grand Illusions by our glass blower, the Brandy Pipe is an unusual drinking vessel that allows you to drink from the bottom...
£ 17.99
Large Ball Bearings
These large ball bearings are about 2 inches in diameter, and a pair of them weight over a kilo!When you bang them together smartly, there is a loud...
£ 29.99
Jumping Discs - Set of 3
These little metal discs are bimetallic - they are made from two different metals - and this enables them to perform an amazing physics trick!The...
£ 7.99
Coin Spin Bank
The Coin Spin Bank is a money box with a twist - as you insert the coin, two springs give the coin a spin, and it lands - spinning - on the circular...
£ 5.99
Zero Launcher
The Zero Launcher launches 2 to 6 inch diameter non-toxic smoke rings that sail up to fourteen feet. Easy to use, they are great stress busters and...
£ 19.99
Ice Heart Maker
Place a piece of ice on one half of the Ice Heart Maker, and pop the other half on top. The ice cube melts extraordinarily quickly and you are left...
£ 48.00
Steam Engine Kit
This sophisticated pre-punched cardboard kit will enable you to build a working steam engine!The boiler, made from an aluminium tin, has a magnetic...
£ 38.99
Wimshurst Machine Kit
This high quality cardboard construction kit allows you to build your own version of the classical high voltage generator - with limited current for...
£ 34.80
Helicone
Inspired by nature, based on the Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Angle, Helicone not only represents beautiful botanical structures but also...
£ 70.00
Tesla Valve - Metal
Nikola Tesla's valvular conduit is another one of his forgotten inventions. Invented in 1920 it has largely been overlooked. What is it? In simple...
£ 49.99
Tesla Valve - Plastic
Nikola Tesla's valvular conduit is another one of his forgotten inventions. Invented in 1920 it has largely been overlooked. What is it? In simple...
£ 34.99
Magnificent Walking Machine
Created by a freelance paper engineer and designer in the UK called Geoff Rayner, this paper and card construction kit involves no glue at all! Watch...
£ 14.99
Magnificent Flying Machine
Created by a freelance paper engineer and designer in the UK called Geoff Rayner, this paper and card construction kit involves no glue at all! Tim...
£ 14.99
Walter Ruffler- Red Knight
Paper automata have a long tradition, dating back to the 19th century. Today paper modelling is enjoying a renaissance. More and more people have...
£ 6.99
Walter Ruffler - Good Fishing!
Paper automata have a long tradition, dating back to the 19th century. Today paper modelling is enjoying a renaissance. More and more people have...
£ 6.99
Walter Ruffler - Chinese Dragon
Paper automata have a long tradition, dating back to the 19th century. Today paper modelling is enjoying a renaissance. More and more people have...
£ 6.99
Folding Alphabet Book
These fun little hard back books contain over 100 pages which are totally blank. However on the back of each page are folding instructions, which...
£ 6.99
Lollipopter - Sugar Plum Shuffle
With a quick twist, Lollipopter magically transforms from a 'swirl' to a 'burst' and back again in one amazingly elegant motion.
£ 23.99
Lollipopter - Mango Fandango
To transform it, simply spin the handle and watch the magic unfold. To change it back, just spin it the other way. Intuitive, relaxing, fun, and addictive!
£ 23.99
Lollipopter - Green Apple Turnover
With a quick twist, Lollipopter magically transforms from a 'swirl' to a 'burst' and back again in one amazingly elegant motion.
£ 23.99
Lollipopter - Huckleberry Spin
To transform it, simply spin the handle and watch the magic unfold. To change it back, just spin it the other way. Intuitive, relaxing, fun, and addictive!
£ 23.99
Magnificent Marble Machine
The 'Totally Glueless' Magnificent Marble Machine is an automaton - a moving machine - and a marble run, all in one! 
£ 14.99
Leidenfrost Ring
The Leidenfrost Effect occurs when a liquid comes into contact with a hot object, with the correct temperature difference between the two. 
£ 28.99