Where science meets magic and fun meets education!

Mechanical Toys

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
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
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
Illuminating Newton's Cradle
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...'The classic Newton’s Cradle has returned, but with a technological twist - the executive...
£ 10.00
Laser-cut Paper Eiffel Tower
This laser-cut paper model of the Eiffel Tower was created in 2011 by a small design studio in Texas, USA. Working from the original plans for the...
£ 3.00
Zero Launcher Fluid
The Zero Launcher comes complete with a bottle of special Zero Fluid that should be enough for 25,000 vapour rings. If however you should run out,...
£ 4.99
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
Chain Key
It is normally a given that a key has to be a hard rigid object, in order to insert it into the lock. However there is supposed to be an exception to...
£ 55.00
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