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Tippe Top XL

Tippe Top XL

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Grand Illusions
(Code: 393)
5060195606376
200g
This is the extra large (XL) version of the Tippe Top.
34.00

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This is the extra large (XL) version of the Tippe Top. Whereas our normal Tippe Top is 35mm high, this one is 50mm high! (One of the images shows the XL version next to the normal Tippe Top). A Tippe Top consists of a slightly flattened sphere, with a metal stem. It looks slightly like a small mushroom. If you spin the top, it starts to slide and tip over. If you spin it fast enough, it will turn completely upside down, spinning on its stem. This strange piece of physics was discovered by the German physicist Helen Sperle in 1891. There are very cheap versions around, made of plastic, but this designer version is made of aluminium, and comes in an elegant foam surround with a cardboard sleeve. The top is about 50mm high, and the designer and maker of the top is - appropriately enough - German.

If you would like to know more about the physics of the Tippe Top, here is a link to a site which summarises a diploma thesis based entirely on the Tippe Top. The site is in English, and you can even download the thesis (although that is in German). Made in EU

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Customer reviews
Shopping Satisfaction
 1/5
This item does not spin. I had ordered the smaller version and it spun beautifully.
Maggi S.
Not sure why you are having a problem.

Here is Tim demonstrating it - https://youtu.be/FN9hmo84Ock.
www.grand-illusions.com
Shopping Satisfaction
 4/5
OK, but cheaper in Germany, and no extra taxes nor extra VAT.
Kristian F.
Yes, we buy this item from a man in Germany. So yes, if you are in the EU, it will be cheaper if you buy direct in this particular case. We have to pay tax to import this item from Germany, so the whole Brexit thing is a disaster. I didn't vote for it, but it is not in my control. For reasons that will be obvious to you, we get fewer customers from the EU since Brexit. But I am still proud to source items from the EU, and offer them in the Grand Illusions shop.

I currently have two resolutions - 1) try to buy as little as possible from China (difficult I know) and 2) buy nothing via Amazon.
www.grand-illusions.com
Shopping Satisfaction
 3/5
Douglas Lecocq Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 5/5
Great product, a little challenging to spin..but after a few tries it worked as advertised.
Daniel Asbury Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 5/5
Marc Pawliger Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 5/5
Grand illusions ltd = top qualit? et service.
John Caruso Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 2/5
Top was difficult to get to stand on end. Maybe my poor top skills. :).
Michael Mirsky Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 4/5
Love the item and its craftmanship. Thought that the company should improve on their packaging though - looks a bit flimsy and is hard to slide open.
Katrina Jago Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 4/5
It is difficult to get Tippe Top XL to tip to top.
Andreas PflOgler Review collected by Feefo
Shopping Satisfaction
 5/5
Matthew McFall Review collected by Feefo