Amazing Wooden Marble Machine

This wooden marble machine is packed with cool ways of moving a metal marble up, up, and up. It's an amazing labor of love, that's for sure, and one I wish I could see in person.

Skip to 2:30 for the explanation of what happens. At 8:00 the runthrough begins.

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hwo made dat thing?????
this marble machine is simply amazingly incredibly awsome!!!!!!!!!!!! keep on the good job man and good luck!
deadeye7 years ago
loved it  i`m a fan of rube goldberg machines.  one of the best i`ve seen. fantastic workmanship and detail.
kcls7 years ago
At 8:24 in the vid, how did the marble travel up?!?
kelseymh kcls7 years ago
See my reply to Ed, Mar 5, 2010 1:13 pm.
josephluiz7 years ago
Sycan7 years ago
Amazing! Remarkable piece of artgineering. I have to wonder if you conceptualized this whilst channelling DaVinci. Wooden machinery always brings the renaissance period to mind. Great job. Now, if you could only scale it up to bowling ball size....
psbuckley7 years ago
Awesome machine!
How does the anti-gravity hill work?
fungus amungus (author)  psbuckley7 years ago

My guess is a bunch of magnets that are under the ramp. The piece on top moves the magnets back and forth, allowing the metal ball to move up.
I think you're right.  As the magnet gets near the top of that ramp, you can see a pendulum operating at the high end (see 8:24 to 8:26). Earlier, you see this subassembly by itself (3:30ff), and in one shot  (3:39ff) you see the marble walking up flat wood between fixed pins.  It goes it little jumps in time with the pendulum.  I suspect the latter is ratcheting a hidden magnet up a string.

The same thing should be possible using interleaved flippers, but perhaps not as reliably.
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