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The Nutcracker: Christmas at Mottisfont

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Some of our automata are appearing at Mottisfont, National Trust, as part of their Nutcracker Christmas event.

Saturday 29 November – Sunday 4 January 2015

Start your visit with a peek into a twinkling Christmas party, then ascend the staircase to the sound of ticking clocks, to enter the dream mechanical world of the Nutcracker. Have a go operating life-size puppets and all sorts of weird and wonderful automata from the famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Beautiful little lantern theatres reveal more of the story. Watch out for the exciting battle between the Mouse King and the toy soldiers before heading out to the gardens to explore the Land of Snow and ice and land of Sweets.

Mottisfont – National Trust
near Romsey

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The Turk by Pierre Mayer

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off 

The Turk by Pierre MayerThe latest piece from Pierre Mayer is based on the famous life-size automaton, The Chess Player Turk.

‘It was a project that was in the back of my mind many years ago.
I consulted my late friend Christian Fechner who advised me to use moving
gears inside the cabinet. Then I asked the legendary John Gaughan, creator
and restorer of large scale magical automata. Finally Abdul Alafrez,
magician, actor and theatre special effects consultant came with the
solution I needed.
With my talented co-worker Cathy Rivers we then solved the different
problems one by one.
The effect is the following: the crank is turned, the left door opens
showing an empty cabinet all the way inside except for the moving gears. The
left door closes, the right one opens and a little man is seeing activating
a lever supposed  to lift the left hand’s automaton.
It is my favorite piece, until the next one maybe!!’

Each order will also include a signed photograph of Pierre Mayer with his latest piece, The Turk.

28 cm high, 19 cm large and 9 cm wide

£2650 (Excl. VAT)

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