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"Fakir" 2010

This piece portrays the exotic albeit "dead" Fakir, performing a peculiar cups and balls routine ending in regurgitation. The mechanism needed to be extremely precise to produce the desired result. It was constructed of solid brass the cams acting on levers were cut by hand... all other mechanical components were custom machined metal as well either brass or steel. To allow the operator the ultimate control over speed and stop/starts there is NO electricity on this piece, all functions are purely mechanical. Cams, levers, gears, linkages, and a very unusual bent pitch sound device also controlled by a cam that emits a sitar kind of sound over the hum of a ratchet/pawl assembly.
The case is custom made from solid oak and the mechanism can be viewed from a door at the back.

h. 26
w. 16