The Chessplayer automaton by Pierre Mayer .
« THE 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 moving gears.
The left door closes, the right one opens and a little man is seeing activating a lever supposed to lift the automaton’s left hand.
It is my favorite piece ,until the next one may be!!! »
A NEW AUTOMATON BY PIERRE MAYER
UN NOUVEL AUTOMATE DE PIERRE MAYER.
This automaton differs from the previous one: the Fechner’s levitation. It uses a complete different principle, no magnets this time. Laetitia floats in the air when you turn the handle and the arms raise. A mirror in her back shows there is nothing to hide and creates a perfect illusion for this levitation. Also the flames from the candles twirl and move up.
A wondrous Tale
Laetitia Princess of the Air who broke the bonds of gravity, in the name of love
Legend has it that one fateful New Year’s Eve, the beautiful Laetitia spied a handsome stranger – Richard Garriott – riding atop a magical Octopus.
It was love at first sight
But who was this mysterious man, said to walk among the stars ; and how could she catch his eye – let alone, his heart ?
The story goes that at the stroke of midnight, Princess Laetitia snuck up behind him and stole a single kiss.
Richard was so moved by both her beauty and the newly awakened passion burning in his heart, witnesses claim the couple floated, arm in arm, up into the heavens – where they continue to live happily, forever after.